Related Links: Production Tax Credit Extension Boosts Wind Sector Tomorrow's Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet Peter W. Davidson, 54, a former investment banker and entrepreneur, is bringing the U.S. Energy Dept.'s 8-year-old Loan Programs Office (LPO) back to life following $527 million in controversial loans made to the solar-panel maker Solyndra, which declared bankruptcy in 2011. As executive director, Davidson oversees a 180-person staff and $50-billion loan budget for clean-energy projects, including nuclear power and advanced car technologies. Prior to leading LPO, Davidson was senior advisor for energy and economic development at the Port
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