Insights into the United States' clean energy revolution

Insights into the United States' clean energy revolution

Nov 3
CEDA is honoured to welcome the newly-appointed United States Consul General Perth, Rachel Cooke. In her keynote presentation, the Consul General will share her personal journey and passions, as well as delivering insights into the United States' latest clean energy developments.


Rachel Cooke, Consul General, United States Consulate General Perth

Event overview

In 2016, America’s carbon emissions are down 10 per cent from 2005 levels. The US Government is reducing public funding for carbon-based power plants, while wind power has tripled and solar power has increased 30 times over. Are there lessons that Australia can learn from this transition?

Here in Australia, US companies have invested over $100 billion in Australia’s LNG sector, which will play a key role in the world’s clean energy future. Beyond LNG, the US and Australia are key partners in the development of hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, and wave energy, as well as biofuels. What are the latest developments and the future of the clean energy industry? 

Meet the keynote speaker

Rachel Cooke
Consul General, United States Consulate General Perth

Rachel Cooke assumed the position of US Consul General in Perth on August 11, 2016 with responsibilities for Western Australia.

A career Foreign Service Officer, Rachel most recently served as the Deputy Director of the Department of State office that oversees bilateral policy between the US and six southeast Asian nations. Prior to that she spent five years working on Afghanistan issues, focusing primarily on education development and media engagement, and leading joint civilian-military training. Rachel has also served in Malaysia, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, where she was Acting Public Affairs Officer during both the 2005 and 2010 revolutions.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service Rachel worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and for NASA. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand teaching fish farming. Rachel has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, and Master degrees in Environmental Management and Public Policy from Indiana University. Having grown up on the beach in New Jersey, she is delighted to have the opportunity to serve in Australia and check out the surf.

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