The White House Silences the DOE Solar Energy Team on Twitter

ABINGDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: A workman cleans panels at Landmead solar farm on July 29, 2015 near Abingdon, England. The 46 megawatt capacity installation was the largest in the United Kingdom when it was completed in 2014. Operated by BELECTRIC UK it supplies around 45 million kWh (kilowatt hours) of clean energy per year, enough to power 14,000 average homes. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

A social media blackout has struck at another U.S. government department. On Thursday, it emerged that an internal email to the Department of Energy’s SunShot solar program is telling employees to not post anything to Twitter or Facebook about work “until further notice.”

A spokesperson told the publication that the order was not department-wide, but that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), which is responsible for the SunShot initiative, may have been acting on its own.

President Trump has expressed an interest in cutting the EERE entirely, a $2.9 billion budget saving that would also see SunShot scrapped. If it came around, a major driver of solar energy price reductions would disappear.


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