Simmons tapped for renewables office; White House aide jumps

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018

President Trump yesterday nominated Dan Simmons, a former Capitol Hill staffer and free market evangelist, to serve as assistant secretary for the Energy Department’s renewables and efficiency office.

If confirmed, Simmons would lead DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), where he is currently serving as principal deputy assistant secretary.

Simmons first began leading the office almost a year ago during the transition effort, raising eyebrows among D.C. energy circles in light of his past criticism of wind and federal climate rules as director of state affairs at the Institute for Energy Research under CEO Tom Pyle (Greenwire, July 21, 2017). Pyle led Trump’s DOE transition team.

Before joining the DOE transition team, Simmons served as IER’s vice president for policy. He also served as director of the Natural Resources Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council, was a research fellow at the Mercatus Center and worked as a staffer on the House Natural Resources Committee.

White House aide

The White House last night also confirmed that Kelly Love, presidential assistant press secretary, would be joining DOE.

“Kelly Love has been a valued member of the press team since day one of the administration,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

“She will be promoted to the Department of Energy as Principal Deputy Press Secretary, allowing her to focus on issues she oversaw here at the White House,” Huckabee Sanders said. “We wish her great success in her new role and she will be missed by the team.”