The Energy 202: Here's what solar energy research is going to look like under Trump

Washington Post


Six years ago, President Obama, in an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, set a goal of reducing the cost of solar energy generated by utilities to 6 cents per kilowatt hour by 2020.

Under President Trump, the agencies charged with enforcing that mandate are no longer undertaking a concerted effort to address climate change. Nevertheless, on Tuesday the Energy Department announced that Obama’s goal has been met three years ahead of schedule — in part through research funded by the department’s solar energy office.

Despite that success (or perhaps because of it), the Energy Department’s Solar Energy Technologies Office is reorienting its mission.

“With the impressive decline in solar prices,” Daniel Simmons, acting head of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, said in a statement, “it is time to address additional emerging challenges.”

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