This bill ― the Energy Diplomacy Act of 2018 ― would require the Secretary of State to ensure the State Department has sufficient staff dedicated to energy matters within the agency to protect and advance U.S. energy security interests abroad.
It’d repeal the Coordinator for International Energy Affairs and replace it with an authorization for an Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources, which would have the following responsibilities:
The development of energy resources for the benefit of the US and our allies and trading partners for their energy security and economic development needs.
Ensuring a well-functioning global energy market.
Ensuring the department is focused on helping resolve international disputes regarding the exploration, development, production, or distribution of energy resources.
Ensuring we are protecting the commercial interest of U.S. citizens operating in the energy markers of foreign countries.
The use of our energy resources to help alleviate energy poverty internationally.
Ensuring coordination across the U.S. government is taking place in the development and implementation of international energy-related sanctions.
Coordinating energy security functions within the department of State.