Steven Chu
Steven Chu.
Photo: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

CNN is reporting (and others are following suit) that the Obama team has officially tapped Nobel laureate and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory director Steven Chu to be secretary of energy.

Chu (whom Joe Romm just touted below) shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics, has advocated for scientific solutions to climate change, and has focused much of his work on renewable energy research. Check out this New York Times profile of Chu.

Various news outlets have also reported today that Obama is set to tap Nancy Sutley to head the Council on Environmental Quality and Carol Browner to serve as the White House coordinator of energy and climate policy. Sources close to the transition, however, say that they don’t expect the picks to be officially rolled out until next week.