Washington, DC—The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released the following statement from Steven Nadel, its executive director, following multiple news reports that President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm to be secretary of energy.
“Jennifer Granholm is a proven climate leader who will enter the role with a formidable task ahead.
Her key challenge will be to move quickly and aggressively to harness the agency’s tremendous tools in the fight against climate change.
The Department of Energy needs to reorient its research and development agenda to find groundbreaking climate solutions and get them used widely. It needs a day one, aggressive effort to update appliance standards and support stronger building energy codes. It needs to implement ambitious programs to support local climate efforts, helping households and businesses slash their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions. It needs a rejuvenated, fully staffed workforce backed by its leadership. I’m confident that Jennifer Granholm can realize this agenda and much more, and that the White House will support her every step of the way. Time is of the essence.”