Reid Detchon

Vice President for Energy and Climate, United Nations Foundation

Reid Detchon is Vice President for Energy and Climate at the United Nations Foundation. He is also the executive director of the Energy Future Coalition, a broad-based non-partisan public policy initiative supported by the UN Foundation that seeks to bring about change in U.S. energy policy to address three critical challenges related to the production and use of energy: the political and economic security threat posed by the world’s dependence on oil; the risk to the global environment from climate change; and the lack of access of the world’s poor to the modern energy services they need for economic advancement.

From June 1999 through December 2001 Mr. Detchon served as director of special projects in Washington, D.C., for the Turner Foundation, managing a portfolio of major grants aimed at increasing the effectiveness of environmental advocacy and encouraging federal action to avert global climate change.

Previously he spent six years at Podesta Associates, a government relations and public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., where he was a principal. From 1989 to 1993 Mr. Detchon served as the principal deputy assistant secretary for conservation and renewable energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Previously he was principal speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush.

Mr. Detchon worked for five years in the U.S. Senate, advising Senator John Danforth of Missouri on energy and environmental issues and serving as his legislative director. He was a reporter for the Columbia Daily Tribune in Missouri from 1974 to 1980. He is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Bethesda, MD.

See Mr. Detchon's appearance on E&ETV’s interview show, OnPoint, where he discusses energy provisions in House recovery plan (1/26/2009). Read his op-ed on energy efficiency in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (3/18/2009).  See Mr. Detchon's interview on E&ETV's OnPoint previewing President Obama's address to the nation about the oil spill and the current state of climate and energy reform in Congress (6/15/2010).

Blog Posts by Reid Detchon

Praise for President Obama’s Power Africa initiative
Power Africa builds on the great leadership shown by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative two years ago, with the objective of ensuring universal access to modern energy services – not just electricity, but clean fuels for cooking and heating – by 2030.
July 3, 2013

Restarting the global warming conversation
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said climate change “is a humanitarian issue, a development issue, and an issue of security and stability.”
June 17, 2013

The Energy Out of Rio is Sustainable Energy for All
The United Nations Foundation’s energy and public affairs team, led by UN Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth, have been in Brazil the past week for the Rio+20 summit. There has been a buzz in the halls about energy, touching two points: There’s a BIG and urgent need to enable everyone in the world to have access to electricity and modern fuels, and that creates a market opportunity.
June 22, 2012