Energy Secretary Chu to hold online town hall meeting

Social media a key piece of government communication strategy

Offshore wind turbines near Copenhagen, Denmark. Under the Obama administration and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the U.S. may start catching up with other countries in developing renewable energy resources. PHOTO VIA THE CREATIVE COMMONS.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — While the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico may have dominated energy news for much of last summer, the Obama administration has also taken some significant steps to move the country away from its dependence on fossil fuels and toward a renewable energy future. Anyone with questions about the administration’s energy policy should tune in to the Department of Energy’s  Jan. 26 online town hall meeting.

Under Secretary Steven Chu, the Department of Energy is moving ambitiously to foster the development of offshore windpower, and the administration has also spurred the development of solar resources with streamlined permitting for large-scale projects in the West.

While environmental groups still have questions about some of the plans, the administration has no doubt advanced the renewable energy agenda more in the last two years than former President Bush did in his full eight years in office.

This week, Chu is hosting an online town hall meeting to discuss the administrations clean energy plans. The session will be live-blogged and tweeted on the web Jan. 26 at 12:45 p.m. Eastern Time (10:45 a.m. Mountain Time), with the hub at the Department of Energy website.

The DOE is already taking questions, with topics ranging from electric bicycles and LED lighting, to nuclear power, high-speed rail and energy independence. The department hopes to use social media to foster a conservation between Secretary Chu and small business owners, energy experts, homeowners and interested citizens around the country.

Energy questions can be submitted via e-mail to and to the DOE’s Facebook page.

Questions for the town hall can also be tweeted to @ENERGY with the hashtag #Chu.

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