November 4, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton announced the appointment of Brenda Aird to serve as the department’s Renewable Energy Ombudsman. In this new position Aird will be responsible for tracking all renewable energy actions. Her office also will serve as a clearinghouse for information regarding new and ongoing projects. Last year in a report to the White House prepared by the Interior Department and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), recommendations were identified to help increase renewable energy production on federal lands. Of the seven proposed actions outlined in that report, four have been completed, including the creation of the Ombudsman position and significant progress has been made on the other items, said the department.