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Dan Utech to succeed Heather Zichal as president’s top climate and energy adviser


From the November 14, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published November 14, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor
Dan Utech will succeed Heather Zichal as President Obama’s top climate and energy adviser, the White House said Nov. 8.

Zichal, the deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change, stepped down on Nov. 8, the president announced in a statement.

"For more than five years, I have been fortunate to have Heather Zichal as a trusted adviser," Obama said. He said Zichal has overseen "some of our biggest achievements in energy and climate change," including establishing new fuel economy standards, reducing mercury pollution from power plants and enacting the Climate Action Plan that the president announced in June. "Above all, he said, "Heather's efforts have proven that strengthening America's energy security does not have to be a choice between economic growth or good environmental stewardship — it can mean both."

Utech worked with Zichal as deputy director for energy and climate change on the White House's Domestic Policy Council, reported SNL news service.

Utech's selection was applauded by Carol Browner, former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and now a  distinguished senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a think tank. 

"The president has charted an ambitious plan to address climate change, and Dan Utech is a smart choice to take the reins as the administration works to implement the president’s plan," Browner said. Utech "brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the job," she said.
 

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