THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES DAN REICHER AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
The President today announced his intent to nominate Dan Reicher as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Mr. Reicher, of Takoma Park, Maryland, presently serves as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy. In this capacity, he works directly with the Secretary of Energy and the Chief of Staff in the coordination of all departmental policies, including legislative and program initiatives. From 1993 to 1997 he served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff to former Secretary Hazel O'Leary. Prior to joining the Administration, Mr. Reicher was senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Mr. Reicher received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Stanford University. He also has studied at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
The Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy is responsible for formulating and directing programs designed to increase the production of renewable energy and improve the energy efficiency of transportation, buildings, industrial and community systems, and related processes through support of research, development and demonstration. The Assistant Secretary also administers statutorily mandated programs which provide financial assistance for State energy planning, capacity building, and weatherization of housing owned by the poor; the implementation of energy conservation measures by local government and public institutions; and the promulgation of standards for energy use in appliances and equipment. These activities are important to the Administration's efforts to curb global climate change, reduce air and water pollution, decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil and enhance U.S. competitiveness.