New structure for U.S. Department of Energy


The department will be re-organised by the Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, under the DoE Organisation Act.

According to a statement, re-organising the DoE will ensure the department is able to sustain the dominance of the US energy market, advance innovation and protect the country’s energy and national security in line with timelines set by the new administration.

The US government claims the move will help the country improve management of the environment.

DoE structure

The DoE’s existing Under Secretary for Science and Energy position will be divided into two. This means the DoE will comprise three Under Secretary positions namely the Under Secretary of Energy, the Under Secretary for Science and the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security.

The Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis will be replaced by an Office of Policy which will be managed by the Under Secretary of Energy.

The Under Secretary of Energy will be responsible for “energy policy, applied energy technologies, energy security and reliability, and certain DOE-wide management functions.”

The Under Secretary of Science will manage programmes on research and development of innovative technologies and environmental cleanup.

Perry, said: “We are announcing a plan to modernize the Department of Energy in order to build upon the success of the last 40 years and meet tomorrow’s challenges.

“This new structure will support American energy dominance, enhance our energy and national security, and improve outcomes in environmental management while ensuring DOE remains the leader in scientific innovation.”

The move comes at a time the Trump government is facing huge criticism from state governments for wanting to reverse the Clean Power Power and shift utilities’ focus to reliance on conventional power generation ahead of renewable and clean energy generation.

The restructuring comes in the context of the Trump administration’s drive to cut regulations across various industries.

It remains to be seen if reshuffling the DoE will pave way for an increase in investments in clean energy technologies or reduce the benefits achieved by Obama’s policies on renewable energy.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.