The new head of the renewable energy section of the U.S. Department of Energy has been sworn in.WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-06-15 [SolarAccess.com] The new head of the renewable energy section of the U.S. Department of Energy has been sworn in. David Garman is the new Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in the Bush administration. He replaces Dan Richer, who left when the Republicans were elected to power. Garman is former chief of staff to Alaska Republican Senator Frank Murkowski and served as a staff member on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee from 1995 to 1998. He is a graduate of Duke University and received a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. “I am pleased and excited about those who will be joining me here at the Energy Department,” says secretary Spencer Abraham. “Each of them will serve as a vital part of DOE’s commitment to helping Americans deal with the energy crisis as well as securing our energy future.” Other key presidential appointees to be sworn in include Francis Blake as Deputy Secretary of Energy; Robert Card as Under Secretary, Bruce Carnes as Chief Financial Officer; and Lee Sarah Liberman Otis as General Counsel. Garman will be responsible for coordinating the review of DOE programs on renewable energy, as directed in President Bush’s National Energy Policy. Public meetings are being held in Chicago, Atlanta; Boston, Seattle, Denver and Philadelphia, concluding in Washington, on June 26th. Written comments on the review will be accepted by DOE.