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The Office of International Affairs supports the Secretary of Energy and other Departmental elements with a range of expertise on international energy activities. Among other areas, IA experts maintain extensive knowledge of the following issues: 

International Energy Policy
  • Regional and country-specific energy policies and practices, technology developments, and market conditions in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East
  • Bilateral and multilateral energy treaties and obligations
  • International cooperation in science and technology
  • Regional and country-specific opportunities and barriers to energy markets and services
  • Trade and investment trends in the global energy economy
  • International energy partnerships, commitments, and agreements 
Technology Development and Deployment
  • Research and development (R&D) strategies and policy
  • Technology research portfolios and budgets
  • Energy end-use technologies and standards, including efficiency in buildings, transportation, and industry
  • Energy supply technologies and standards, including fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewable energy
  • Technical and non-technical barriers to technology commercialization and deployment
  • Energy and climate change-related policy, technology, and legislation