Argonne National Laboratory FOIA

Matt Kasper filed this request with the Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory of the United States of America.
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From: Matt Kasper

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all internal and external emails from and to Argonne National Laboratory employee, Alfred P. Sattelberger from April 10, 2017 to processing date of the request which contain one or more of the following words, "Electricity Markets and Reliability"; "Alison Silverstein"; "Silverstein"; "Travis Fisher"; "Fisher"; "subsidies".

I am requesting a waiver of fees. The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

The requested records relate to DOE’s evaluations of energy markets and reliability. These activities are unquestionably operations of the federal government.

The records sought in this request are not already in the public domain. Therefore, the requested records will likely contribute to an understanding of the federal government operations or activities as DOE evaluates energy markets and reliability. This information will inform the public about how the federal government has informed its decision and who participated in its decision-making process during the timeframe in this FOIA, which has not been revealed to the public.

The general public is significantly interested in the requested information and how the federal government is evaluating energy markets and reliability. In fact, Energy & Environment Daily, Bloomberg, Vox, ThinkProgress, Greentech Media, and the Washington Post have all written articles to inform their readers and the general public about the recent decision of the federal government to evaluate energy markets and reliability. Furthermore, Senator Chuck Grassley has written to Secretary Rick Perry asking questions about DOE’s role in evaluating energy markets and reliability, and so have Senators Maria Cantwell, Debbie Stabenow, Mazie Hirono, Al Fraken, Tammy Duckworth, Ron Wyden, and Martin Heinrich.

The Energy and Policy Institute is capable of disseminating the requested records and informing the general public. Over the past several months, the Energy and Policy Institute has published several articles using materials from records requests. In June, we showed how power companies lobbied on legislation in Wisconsin ( In May, we published an article that showed the public the relationship FERC nominated Rob Powelson has with certain trade associations ( In April, we published an article that showed how a power company in Florida sent talking points and sample language for legislation to a state lawmaker ( In December, we published an article that showed how power companies in Ohio worked with a state lawmaker on energy legislation ( Several of these articles were featured in additional news articles including the Tampa Bay Times, Vox, and ThinkProgress, which informed even more of the general public, see;;

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Matt Kasper

From: Bartos, Miriam

Hello Mr. Kasper,

We are in receipt of your subject FOIA request that you submitted to this office under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 USC 552. In your request, you are seeking the following:

"Copies of all internal and external emails from and to Argonne National Laboratory employee,
Alfred P. Sattelberger from April 10, 2017 to processing date of the request which contain one
or more of the following words, "Electricity Markets and Reliability"; "Alison Silverstein";
"Silverstein"; "Travis Fisher"; "Fisher"; "subsidies"."

Attached is DOE's interim response to your subject FOIA request. Because we have determined that the records you are seeking under the FOIA are under the FOIA records jurisdiction of our DOE Headquarters FOIA office (HQ FOIA) for the Office of Electricity program, we must transfer your request to our HQ FOIA Office. The contact information for HQ FOIA is in our attached letter to you.

If you have questions in the meantime regarding this transfer, please reply to this e-mail or call me at my phone number below. Thank you.

Mimi Bartos

Miriam R. Bartos
FOIA/Privacy Act Officer
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Science - Integrated Support Center
Office of Chief Counsel
9800 S. Cass Ave., Bldg. 201
Argonne, IL 60439

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  • Request Transfer to HQ - Letter to Requester re Transfer to HQ

From: Gorsage, Joanna (CONTR)

Dear Mr. Kasper,

Attached please find an interim response to your FOIA request HQ-2017-01458-F. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions.

JoAnna Gorsage, Esq., CIPP/US
Central Research, Contractor to the
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585

From: Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory

A copy of documents responsive to the request.