Cablegate: Ethiopia's Response to Congressional Reports On Energy
DE RUEHDS #0414 0500825
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 190825Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9609
INFO RUCNIAD/IGAD COLLECTIVE
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC
UNCLAS ADDIS ABABA 000414
DEPT FOR EEB/ESC/IEC B. Glenn Griffin, AF/E, AF/EPS AND OES/SAT DR.
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ENRG SENV APER ABUD ET
SUBJECT: ETHIOPIA'S RESPONSE TO CONGRESSIONAL REPORTS ON ENERGY
REF: State 10743
1. Post offers the following responses to reftel:
A. The Political/Economic section and the Regional Environment,
Science and Technology Office share responsibility for energy
matters. The Political/Economic section, when fully staffed,
consists of 8 FSOs, 1 OMS, 1 EFM and 6 FSNs. The Regional EST
Office (REO) has 1 FSO, a part time EFM, and 1 FSN specialist.
B. The Economic Officer and FSN Economic Assistant in the
Political/Economic section work on energy matters. They each spend
about 5% of their time working on energy issues. Within the REO, 1
FSO spends 45% of her time, 1 FSN spends 10% of his time and 1 EFM
spends 5% of her time on renewable energy issues ranging from
geothermal, to hydropower to biofuels.
C. The Economic Officer provides reporting and sectoral analysis on
oil and gas, alternative energy and other general energy-related
The Economic Assistant provides overall support, especially in the
area of macro-economic analysis as related to the energy sector.
The Regional EST officer advocates for the development of geothermal
energy production through frequent engagement with the World Bank,
UNEP, USTDA, DOE, and DOS. She also works closely with the national
power and energy authorities to facilitate the exchange of
information, capacity building and US private and public support for
geothermal exploration and development. Geothermal is an orphan
issue in the region. If developed, geothermal power plants could add
up to 7000mw of energy to the region in less time, with less capitol
and with less environmental damage than it takes to build hydro dams
of the same capacity.
The REO specialist is an FSN with a master's degree in water
resource management and over 10 years experience in integrated water
resource management. He follows hydropower and other renewable fuel
issues and backs up the REO in geothermal.
The REO EFM has a masters degree in environmental science and policy
and used to work at the EPA. She follows developments in biofuel
D. No section within the Mission has designated State Department
funds to support energy-related activities. The REO has proposals
from US private sector requesting US support for geothermal
feasibility studies, but no funding has been available to date.