Bureau of Energy Resources

The Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) leads the Department of State’s whole-of-government conduct of foreign policy relating to energy as well as efforts to promote international energy security. The Bureau serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of State on energy security strategy, policy, operations, and programs. Through active diplomacy and programs, ENR works to ensure worldwide energy security by promoting free and fair markets and diversified global energy supplies. The Bureau coordinates with the Department and interagency on developing and implementing international energy-related sanctions, and works closely with the interagency to counter the exploitation of energy resources by violent extremists. ENR also capitalizes on U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation to open markets for U.S. companies abroad by promoting market-based policies and the introduction of advanced and efficient clean energy technologies. The Bureau also manages global programs that work to advance strong sector governance and capacity to manage responsible, sustainable extractive resource development, well-run, optimized electric power markets, and the transition to sustainable energy.

The Bureau of Energy Resources has three core objectives:

Energy Diplomacy: Works towards U.S., regional and global energy security through active engagement with major energy producers, consumers, transit states, and the private and public energy sectors.

Energy Transformation: Stimulates the market forces that are driving the shift toward a low carbon economy as integral to energy security and economic development.

Energy Governance and Access: Strengthens good governance, increases transparency, and improves commercially viable and environmentally sustainable access to the over one billion people without electricity. Conducts policy analysis on energy issues and outreach on U.S. energy priorities.

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Secretary Kerry on the Transatlantic Relationship

Secretary Kerry (Oct 4): "Energy – the single solution to climate change is energy policy and it is the biggest market ever conceived of by human beings. And we can do that so that green technology becomes both a driver of economic growth and a means of preserving the environmental health of our planet." Full Text»

Dentons 2016 Energy Outlook Even

Special Envoy Hochstein (Aug. 2): "To put it simply, the United States is the world’s energy superpower. That’s as simple as I can put it. Now, the question becomes, why are we that superpower and what makes us a superpower in energy? And that’s in oil, gas, and renewables across the board." Full Text»

Second Washington Oil and Gas Forum

Special Envoy Hochstein (June 9): "Energy is interlinked with foreign policy like no other commodity, like no other economic sector... Without energy you cannot have a sustainable economy.” Full Text»

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