It was announced today that Steven Chu, Energy Secretary at the United States Department of Energy has decided he will not serve a second term as secretary.
Chu released a letter to his colleagues and can be found on the Department of Energy website.
In the letter he opened with, “Serving the country as Secretary of Energy, and working alongside such an extraordinary team of people at the Department, has been the greatest privilege of my life. While the job has had many challenges, it has been an exciting time for the Department, the country, and for me personally.”
Chu then highlighted all the successes the department has been a part of in the last four years from developing new batteries for plug-in hybrids or EVs to growing the departments investments into clean, renewable energy.
Chu also stated that he plans to leave the Department in the hands of the new secretary and that he will stay on until that person is named.
"Secretary Chu is probably the best secretary DOE has ever had," said Steve Westly, managing partner of the Westly Group in the Mercury News. "He is the first secretary to combine world class scientific expertise with the management ability necessary to lead such a large department."