Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced he will resign once a replacement has been confirmed.
“I would like to return to an academic life of teaching and research, but will still work to advance the missions that we have been working on together for the last four years,” Chu said.
In a letter to employees, Chu trumpeted the Energy Department’s efforts to develop new and improved energy technologies, clean energy jobs, home weatherization projects and hybrid and battery-powered cars.
“Over the past four years, we have doubled the use of renewable energy, dramatically reduced our dependence on foreign oil, and put our country on a path to win the global race for clean energy jobs,” said President Obama. “Thanks to Steve, we also expanded support for our brightest engineers and entrepreneurs as they pursue groundbreaking innovations that could transform our energy future.”