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Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu is leaving his position, and the news will be announced next week, reports Bloomberg. If true, it’s an end of an era for the Obama Administration.

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Energy-geek-in-chief Steven Chu will be stepping down as the head of the Department of Energy, according to Bloomberg. The announcement will reportedly be made next week.

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If true, it’s an end of an era for the Obama administration, and as Mother Jones points out, it’s a farewell to Obama’s original Green Dream Team of its first term. Chu was a true scientist leader — he won the Nobel Prize in Physics — and he supported open collaboration in science; he even had a nerdy sense of humor.

At the same time Chu was criticized, and grilled, by House Republicans during the Solyndra hearings. And clearly not all the large loan guarantee bets made on clean energy companies through the stimulus package were home runs. He also didn’t always know how to play the politics of Washington D.C.

Regardless, Chu will be sorely missed by many in the cleantech sector, and clean power advocates. Here’s photos of Chu that we took over the years:

Solyndra's ground breaking ceremony in 2009

Solyndra’s ground breaking ceremony in 2009

Solyndra's ground breaking ceremony in 2009

Solyndra’s ground breaking ceremony in 2009

Steven Chu, Harry Reid

Steven Chu, Harry Reid

Steven Chu giving an interview in the hallways at ARPA-E

Steven Chu giving an interview in the hallways at ARPA-E

Chu & Brown on the solar factory tour

Chu & Brown on the solar factory tour

Steven Chu speaking at COP 15 in Copenhagen

Steven Chu speaking at COP 15 in Copenhagen

Testifying before House Republicans

Testifying before House Republicans

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