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Former AEP VP Tapped To Head Fossil Energy Office

Law360 (May 29, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- President Obama has nominated James J. Markowsky, an energy consultant and former vice president at American Electric Power Service Corp., to serve as assistant secretary of fossil energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Markowsky's appointment, which the DOE announced Thursday, must still be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed, Markowsky would head the DOE's Office of Fossil Energy, which is concerned with managing traditional fossil fuels such as coal and oil.

Markowsky is currently a member of the National Research Council's Committee on America's Energy Future and chair of the National Academy of Engineering's Electric Power/Energy Systems Committee, and advises...

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