The Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) leads the Department of State’s efforts to forge international energy policy, strengthen U.S. and global energy security, and respond to energy challenges from around the world that affect U.S. economic policy and national security. The Bureau serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of State on energy security, policy, operations, and programs.
ENR operates at the critical intersection between energy and U.S. national security, and ensures U.S. leadership on global energy issues. Specifically, ENR works on:
- ensuring the energy security of the United States, its partners, and allies by supporting the diversification of energy sources, supplies from all sources of energy, and routes;
- reducing barriers to energy trade and development by promoting open, transparent, and market-based energy sectors to advance U.S. economic interests;
- preventing terrorists and rogue regimes from using energy resources to fund violence or destabilizing activities that would harm the United States and its allies;
- promoting universal access to affordable, reliable energy, to help reduce poverty, foster economic growth, and promote prosperity;
- advancing U.S. interests in global energy security policy through its role representing the U.S. government in multilateral fora; and
- receiving applications for Presidential permits for cross-border pipelines and advises the Secretary if the infrastructure would serve the foreign policy interests of the United States.