Senate: Energy Committee approves 4 DOE nominees

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 30 approved four nominees to key positions at the U.S. Department of Energy.

The nominees include: David Danielson to be assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy; LaDoris (Dot) Harris to be director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact; Charles McConnell to be assistant secretary for fossil energy; and Gregory Woods to be general counsel.

The committee had approved all four nominees – unanimously – last year, but Senate Republicans had blocked progress on the nominations on the Senate floor.

With these executive branch appointments, all but one DOE nominee reported by the committee have now cleared the full Senate.