Top DOE adviser departs to be New York Gov. Cuomo’s ‘energy czar’

Kauffman will “coordinate the state's clean-tech agenda and oversee the state government's energy portfolio,” according to a summary of Cuomo’s remarks.

Kauffman’s the former CEO of the investment firm Good Energies, Inc. (which this year changed its name to Bregal Energy), and before that chaired the Global Financing Group at Goldman Sachs.

Cuomo’s energy agenda includes creating a “green bank” to help finance projects, expanding a program to increase solar energy installations in New York and creating a statewide network of electric vehicle charging stations.

New York officials are also weighing how to govern potential natural gas drilling in the state.