This week Energy secretary Rick Perry will make his first public appearance before Congress since his confirmation.
Why it matters: 3 hearings on DOE's budget will give lawmakers a chance to publicly grill Perry on topics like...
- The ongoing power grid study that critics fear is a stalking horse for anti-renewables policies.
- The future of DOE's work on climate, especially in light of plans to curtail an international climate office.
- Proposals to deeply slash renewable energy and efficiency R&D.
- DOE's work to protect the grid against cyber threats.
Schedule: Perry appears Tuesday afternoon before a House Appropriations subcommittee, Wednesday afternoon before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, and Thursday morning before the full Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Don't forget Zinke: Interior secretary Ryan Zinke will testify at three hearings this week too. He'll be before the Senate's Energy Committee on Tuesday, a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday, and the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday on Interior's budget.
Programming note: Speaking of DOE, the American Energy Innovation Council, a group of blue chip CEOs in favor of robust federal R&D support, holds an event Tuesday about the federal role in spurring progress in energy tech.
GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander, who heads the Appropriations subcommittee on DOE's budget, will speak. Then Axios' Ben Geman is moderating a panel. Details here.