As a reflection of the energy sector’s importance not only to the economies of Southeast Asia, but to the partnership between the US and ASEAN, the Council maintains an Energy Committee. Currently chaired by Chevron, the Committee has adapted to different purposes over the years. The Committee has advocated on the power crisis in the Philippines, has represented the US private sector in the US-Indonesia Energy Policy Dialogue, and has discussed regional energy cooperation and overlapping claims issues as part of an ongoing dialogue with the ASEAN Secretariat.
The US-ASEAN Business Council’s Energy Committee is comprised of energy companies throughout the full industry stream from energy production and transmission to retail and marketing. Specific industries represented include oil and gas, geothermal, coal based methane, clean coal technology, nuclear, wind, energy efficiency, energy infrastructure, and natural resources (coal, copper, rare metals).
Council members can join the committee to address and advocate on energy issues and topics as a group. A healthy business climate for energy in Southeast Asia is integral to all other business sectors and, indeed, to America’s strategic interests in the region. The Committee represents the U.S. private sector at the US-Indonesia Energy Policy Dialogue and is the only American business group to have participated in the ASEAN Energy Minister Meetings (AMEM).