Updated: March 2, 2021
U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden plans to name former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm as his Energy Secretary, the Wall Street Journal first reported on Tuesday, quoting people familiar with the matter. The position is expected to play a role in Biden’s climate change policies.
If confirmed as energy secretary, Ms. Granholm would oversee U.S. scientific research and the country’s nuclear arsenal and could help incentivize the development of low-carbon energy sources through the distribution of federal loans, WSJ noted.
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Ms. Granholm, who served as governor between 2003 and 2011, endorsed Biden in March. She was the state’s attorney general for the preceding four years.
WSJ said one of her signature policies as governor was a mandate for the state to increase the share of its energy derived from renewable sources like solar and wind.