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Energy is at the nexus of national security, economic prosperity, and the environment. The Department of State’s work in national security, bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, commercial advocacy, environment and development are widely affected by energy concerns. The Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) is working to ensure that all our diplomatic relationships advance our interests in having access to secure, reliable, and ever-cleaner sources of energy.

The Bureau of Energy Resources has three core objectives:

Energy Diplomacy: To manage the geopolitics of today’s energy economy through reinvigorated energy diplomacy with major producers and consumers of energy.

Energy Transformation: To stimulate the market forces that will sustain transformational energy policies in terms of alternative and renewable energy sources, electricity, development, and reconstruction.

Energy Transparency and Access: To expand good governance, increase transparency, and improve commercially viable and environmentally sustainable access to the 1.3 billion people without modern energy services.

Remarks by President Obama at the First Session of COP21

President Obama: "Over the last seven years, we’ve made ambitious investments in clean energy, and ambitious reductions in our carbon emissions. We’ve multiplied wind power threefold, and solar power more than twentyfold, helping create parts of America where these clean power sources are finally cheaper than dirtier, conventional power." Full Text»

Opening Remarks at the U.S.-Central America Energy Security Task Force

Special Envoy Amos Hochstein discusses ways to accelerate Central America’s regional electricity integration process, known as Central American Electrical Interconnection System (SIEPAC), and strengthen the regional electricity market to enhance Central American competitiveness and attract clean energy investment to the region. Full Text»

Atlantic Council Energy & Economic Summit in Istanbul, Turkey

Special Envoy Hochstein: "On the challenge front, I think we’ll all be focused on certain OPEC countries and the United States and so on. We have a great challenge facing us as an international community from a geostrategic and foreign policy perspective and that is not every country has a sovereign wealth fund or a future day fund to draw from." Full Text»

Secretary’s Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum

Special Envoy Hochstein: "I would say that while we had a energy discussion with the government of India for several years, since the last elections and the new government has come into power, in India we definitely accelerated and intensified those discussions. We've made them more specific, more goal-oriented." Full Text»

The Importance of Regional Natural Gas Hubs

Date: 2015 Description: The financial district skyline of Singapore. © AP Image Special Envoy Hochstein: "As I write these lines, key players in global energy markets, including chief executives, senior government officials and leading analysts are gathering here for the Singapore International Energy Week, which opened just days ago. One significant idea is Singapore's push to be South-east Asia's liquefied natural gas (LNG) energy hub, and what this means for the region's economy and security." DipNote»

Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum Conference (CREF)

Special Envoy Hochstein: "I am here to say that the United States government wants to be involved in renewable energy in the Caribbean, and that is why we are here today. I am here not by myself, I am here with a delegation from across the U.S. government, from several different agencies that is here today and will be here for the next couple of days. Full Text»

European Energy Security at German Marshall Fund




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