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Cablegate: Input for Report to Congress On Energy

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TAGS: ENRG SENV APER ABUD PE
SUBJECT: INPUT FOR REPORT TO CONGRESS ON ENERGY

REF: STATE 10743

Embassy Lima provides the following information as required
by the Energy
Independence and Security Act of 2007, with responses keyed
to reftel:

A. The Economic Section (ECON) handles energy matters for
the State Department in Peru. ECON has 4 officers, 2
locally-engaged staff (LES), and 1 office management
specialist (OMS).

B. 1 ECON Counselor: 20% of the time; 1 Deputy ECON
Counselor/ESTH officer: 40% of the time; 1 Senior ECON
Specialist LES: 30% of the time, 1 ECON/ESTH Assistant LES:
15% of the time.

C. Economic Counselor maintains contact with oil and gas
companies, advocates on behalf of U.S. companies and assists
with dispute resolution, and briefs energy investors from the
U.S.

Deputy Economic Counselor/ESTH Officer follows and reports on
energy sector developments (including oil, gas, biofuels, and
other renewable energy), advocates on behalf of U.S.
investors, monitors impacts of energy projects (including
economic, social and environmental), encourages bilateral
cooperation on energy issues, provides support for visiting
USG officials, answers questions from USG and U.S. companies,
promotes clean and renewable energy, briefs USG officials and
U.S. investors, urges Peruvian Government support for USG
energy initiatives, and maintains contact with companies, USG
agencies, Peruvian Government agencies (Mining and Energy
Ministry, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Investment
Promotion Agency, Foreign Ministry, and environmental
agencies), and NGOs.

Senior Economic Specialist (LES) follows and reports on oil
and gas industry developments, monitors impacts of energy
projects (including economic, social and environmental),
provides support for visiting USG officials, answers
questions from USG and U.S. companies, briefs USG officials
and U.S. investors, and maintains contact with companies, USG
agencies, Peruvian Government agencies (Mining and Energy
Ministry and Ministry of Economy and Finance), and NGOs.

Economic/ESTH Assistant (LES) follows and reports on biofuels
and other renewable energy issues, provides support for
visiting USG officials, answers questions from USG and U.S.
companies, briefs USG officials, and maintains contact with
companies, USG agencies, Peruvian Government agencies
(Investment Promotion Agency and environmental agencies), and
NGOs.

None of these individuals have energy-specific qualifications.

D. FY07 spending for personnel: $81,400 for salaries. FY07
spending on programs: no funds for energy programs; about
$3,000 for energy-related travel and representational
expenses.
MCKINLEY

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