Biden announces pick for new DOE infrastructure position

By Nico Portuondo | 08/03/2022 04:16 PM EDT

The White House announced David Crane, CEO at Climate Real Impact Solutions, for undersecretary of Energy for infrastructure.

Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C., as photographed Sept. 17, 2021.

Department of Energy headquarters in Washington. Francis Chung/E&E News

President Joe Biden has nominated David Crane to lead the Department of Energy’s efforts to implement the bipartisan infrastructure law, according to a White House announcement this afternoon.

Crane would become undersecretary for infrastructure, a position created in February to provide a leadership structure for DOE as it looks to effectively implement more than $62 billion allotted to the agency last year (E&E News PM, Feb. 9).

The position would oversee DOE’s Loan Programs Office, the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, and a to-be-announced Grid Infrastructure Office and State and Community Energy Program.


Crane is currently CEO at Climate Real Impact Solutions, a climate finance company, and serves on the boards an AI-driven concentrated solar energy company and a privately held sustainable water technology company. The White House said Crane was a “leading business voice in the field of sustainability.”

“Crane has set forth the case for the leading role to be played by the private sector and transformational capitalism more generally in combating climate change,” the White House announcement read.