Assistant Secretary Fannon Travels to the United Kingdom

Office of the Spokesperson

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) Francis R. Fannon is visiting London from October 7 to 10, 2019.  He will engage with government, business, and other stakeholders about the role of energy in foreign policy and about clean energy’s impact on mineral development.  Mr. Fannon will highlight his recent launch of the Energy Resource Governance Initiative (ERGI) with Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at the United Nations General Assembly.

On October 9th, Assistant Secretary Fannon will visit Chatham House to address partner organizations and major corporate leaders on the implications of mineral and gas market trends for U.S. foreign policy.  He will also visit the London Metal Exchange (LME), highlighting that in the new clean energy era, metals are important energy resources that come with stewardship obligations.

On October 10th, Mr. Fannon will speak in a forum on the role of energy in foreign policy at Energy Intelligence’s annual conference.  He will also discuss the positive effects of U.S. energy abundance on global energy security.

Through the ERGI initiative promoted on this visit, the Department of State engages with partner countries to advance governance principles, share best practices, and encourage a level playing field surrounding the critical minerals that underpin clean energy technology.

For further information, contact Donald Kilburg, Spokesperson for the Bureau of Energy Resources, at  or visit  Additional information is available on Twitter at @EnergyAtState.