"Dan Utech, a longtime Washington insider, has been named as President Barack Obama's new advisor on energy and climate change, a White House official said."
"Utech came to the Obama administration in 2010 and currently serves as the White House deputy director for climate. He will replace the departing energy and climate adviser, Heather Zichal, whose last day is Friday.
For the last 3 1/2 years, Utech has played a significant role in developing and implementing much of the president's energy and climate agenda. In his new position, which he will begin Monday, Utech will also have to explain to the public the administration's stand on often-contentious energy and environmental issues, such as the Keystone XL oil pipeline and new rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants."
Neela Banerjee reports for the McClatchy Tribune Washington bureau November 8, 2013.