Energy Secretary Perry testifies before House Energy Subcommittee

Published on October 16, 2017 by Kevin Randolph

Rick Perry

Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry testified before the House Energy Subcommittee last week on DOE’s priorities and how they relate to emerging energy, environmental, technological, and national security challenges.

Perry indicated that the department is exploring the issues energy market regulations and may take action related to these policies.

“This proposal is just a first step in seeking to ensure that we truly have an energy policy that first and foremost protects the interests of the American people,” Perry said. “Following the recommendations of the Staff Report, the Department is continuing to study these issues and, if, necessary, will be prepared to make a series of additional recommendations to improve the reliability and resiliency of the grid.”

Subcommittee members also asked Perry about nuclear waste policy and environmental cleanup plans.

“The energy threats today are not the same threats of the 1970s, but they remain significant,” full committee Chair Greg Walden (R-OR) said. “This committee will work in the coming months and through this Congress to ensure the department’s organization and missions are aligned with the energy security challenges of today. I look forward to working closely with DOE and my colleagues as we ensure the agency is positioned appropriately for the energy security challenges that lie ahead.”