Conservative clean energy group hires communications director

The conservative ClearPath Foundation is bringing on a Capitol Hill journalist as its new communications director.

The group, formed last year by entrepreneur Jay Faison to push for clean energy development that fits within conservative principles, hired Darren Goode, an energy policy reporter at Politico. He starts the new role on Tuesday.

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It’s part of ClearPath’s efforts to ramp up its Washington, D.C., office and establish a stronger foothold in federal policy circles.

The group has also established an affiliated PAC to help elected Republicans to fight for nuclear, hydropower and renewables in the name of conservative ideals like smaller government

“We’re thrilled to attract someone of Darren’s knowledge, experience and accomplishment to ClearPath,” Faison said in a Thursday statement.

“We need to be at the leading-edge to advance a truly conservative clean energy agenda, and nobody knows the energy landscape better than Darren.”

ClearPath is planning to have six people based in its D.C. office. It was started in North Carolina, where Faison led SnapAV, an audio-visual equipment company he founded and later sold.

Faison started ClearPath last year with $165 million, plus another $10 million for more political activities. The organization has run multiple advertising and advocacy campaigns to convince Republicans that clean energy sources like hydropower, nuclear power, natural gas and clean coal can be conservative and to back policies that advance them.

Goode has reported on energy and environment policy inside the Beltway for nearly two decades. He has previously worked at The Hill, National Journal and Inside Washington Publishers.