CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he is looking forward to meeting Energy Department Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette about the Energy Secretary position.

President Donald Trump announced on Friday his intention to nominate Brouillette to replace current Secretary Rick Perry, who is slated to leave the position at the end of the year.

“Deputy Secretary Brouillette has served our nation well as Deputy Secretary and I look forward to meeting with him again to determine if he shares my commitment to making the proposed Appalachian storage hub a reality and moving forward on critical energy technologies like carbon capture, utilization and sequestration, energy efficiency and battery storage,” Manchin said.

Brouillette was confirmed to his current position in August 2017. The Senate voted 79-17 to confirm him, with Manchin and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., among the senators approving the nomination.