April 28, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has recently appointed two new members to its independent panel of advisers. Named to the NREL National Advisory Council were James Sweeney, professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and Bill Baxter, director of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The NREL National Advisory Council provides external counsel to the lab’s director on prospective and ongoing research endeavors, business and operational issues and other initiatives. The council also monitors broader trends and anticipates changes that could affect NREL’s mission. There are 21 members of the council, drawn from academia, industry and other stakeholder groups.