The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is the United Kingdom's ministry for foreign affairs, equivalent to the US State Department. Based at the San Francisco Consulate-General, I led the United Kingdom's energy and climate change diplomacy across the Western USA.
Part of a DC-based team covering the full breadth of UK-US relations on energy and the environment, I analyzed and reported on policies, markets, and technology development within my region, managing relationships with key stakeholders in government and business and advising UK government on relevant energy and environment issues.
Areas of particular focus included:
- State and federal energy and climate policies and their impact on electricity and fuel markets
- Technological innovation in the energy sector and its impact on the performance and cost structure of low-carbon energy sources
- Global and regional markets for energy commodities (oil, gas, coal) and emerging markets for new energy technologies (solar, storage, DR, advanced nuclear)
- The relationship between the financial system, the energy economy, and the climate (including coverage of the divestment movement, carbon-related shareholder advocacy campaigns, and the growing role of environmental, social, and governance factors in capital allocation)
- Economic and strategic dimensions of the changing Arctic