Who We Are
The Office of International Market Development aims to enhance and revitalize U.S. competitiveness in the rapidly expanding global clean energy and infrastructure marketplace while creating clean energy jobs in the U.S. and ensuring stable and secure supply chains. The Office develops global markets for U.S. clean energy goods and services through diplomatic outreach and policy advocacy.
To accomplish these objectives, the Office:
- Proactively identifies opportunities to leverage U.S. comparative advantages in the burgeoning global clean energy and infrastructure marketplace, while creating clean energy jobs in the U.S. economy across the country.
- Promotes secure, transparent, diversified and sustainable clean energy markets and supply chains.
- Identifies government levers and market signals to innovate and commercialize the energy technologies of the future to achieve net zero economies.
- Builds bridges between U.S. development agencies and selected clean energy projects in critical markets for the U.S. in other parts of the world.
Poland Civil Nuclear Program
The Department led a U.S. Government effort to engage with Polish stakeholders and officials to develop a comprehensive and competitive financial and technical package for the country’s first civil nuclear tender. In November 2022, Poland’s Cabinet of Ministers announced the selection of Westinghouse’s AP1000 technology, the most advanced light water reactor in the world. The first phase of the project, estimated at $16-$18 billion for the first three units, represents the creation or maintenance of 62,500 well-paying jobs in 17 states. Market Development is leading on work to secure three more units which will double these job figures.
Bolstering Supply Chains
The Office is helping secure supply chains with partner countries that will ensure U.S. access to critical minerals and materials essential to our clean energy transition. The Office works with program offices to identify key materials and minerals that need to be sourced from international partners and execute diplomacy to deliver on those needs in line with the Department’s supply chain strategy. The Office also coordinates and provides technical analysis and support to the White House, U.S. federal agencies, and bilateral and multilateral partnerships in initiatives that aim to assess and address energy supply chain risks. This work is in support of President Biden’s Executive Order 14017 on America’s Supply Chains and the subsequent Strategy to Secure the Supply Chain for a Robust Clean Energy Transition.
Catalyzing Energy Technology Exports (CETE) Project
To catalyze the deployment in priority international markets of cutting-edge clean energy technologies that have been developed by U.S. companies with support from the Department, the Office works with state-owned companies and government counterparts to identify and study site-specific use cases for U.S. technologies in that country.
Trade Policy Staff Committee
The Office represents the Department in the Trade Policy Staff Committee, the senior U.S. Government interagency trade committee established by statute to provide broad guidance on trade issues. It is chaired by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), is composed of other cabinet officers, and serves as the principal mechanism for advising USTR as it develops and coordinates U.S. Government positions on international trade and trade-related investment issues.
Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Technical Assistance
The office works closely with the Department’s Office of Policy to support the Department of the Treasury implementation of the IRA’s energy-related provisions, principally the electric vehicle tax credit (30d).
Partnership for Transatlantic Energy and Climate Cooperation (P-TECC)
The Office of Market Development manages P-TECC's Business Forum in close cooperation with the Office of European and Eurasian Affairs. The Business Forum brings together business leaders from the United States and 22 Eastern and Central European countries to facilitate peer-to-peer engagement and accelerate investment in the region.
Canada Critical Minerals Action Plan
The Office facilitates Department program office efforts in the U.S.-Canada Joint Action Plan on Critical Minerals. The action plan aims to strengthen North American critical mineral supply chains through information sharing, joint efforts to promote private sector engagement, and coordination on research and multilateral cooperation.
- The Department led a “whole of government” approach to engaging with Bulgaria’s government to conclude a new Intergovernmental Agreement on clean energy cooperation. This new IGA will support the construction of a new unit at the country’s Kozolduy Nuclear Power plant. It will strengthen a commitment by the United States to support Bulgaria’s efforts to modernize its nuclear fleet, reduce its reliance on Russian energy sources and technology, and bolster its efforts to develop a clean energy economy.
- The Office recently joined visits to lithium-related sites in the San Bernandino and Imperial counties hosted by the California Energy Commission. In addition to several Department program office, the interagency team also included the Department of Defense. Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory’s Lithium Resource Research and Innovation Center estimates that sufficient Lithium can be recovered from the brine to support batteries for 3.6M electric vehicles per year and even more if the field is expanded. The Imperial Valley has the potential to supply critical minerals (lithium, boron rare earth) to support America’s clean energy transition.