#2023WCA: U.S. Department of Energy's David Turk on the Americas' Role in Energy Transition

The U.S. deputy secretary talked about hemispheric opportunities for the energy sector in a conversation with AES President and CEO Andrés Gluski.


  • David Turk, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Andrés Gluski, Chairman, Council of the Americas (Interviewer)

“People are going to be pleasantly surprised at how much cheaper things are in the clean energy marketplace going forward," said the U.S. Department of Energy's Deputy Secretary David Turk at the 53rd Annual Washington Conference on the Americas, held at the Organization of American States. "When you reduce costs in one country, those cost reductions...have a benefit globally in a way I don’t think people have internalized,” he said. 

Turk noted Latin America's key role in the energy transition. “Latin America is a clean energy powerhouse. There is a huge, huge additional opportunity for Latin America to do even more in the clean energy space.” But while you can build renewables, noted Council of the Americas Chairman Andrés Gluski, but they're intermittent. He and Turk discussed how to get the capacity to fill the gaps. 

“We’re going to need to have reliable supply chains with countries that are democracies and countries that have that political stability over a period of time,” Turk said.