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India-US Energy Dialouge
Mar 15, 2014

India and the United States agreed to further work collaboratively on energy sector. At the India-US Energy dialogue held recently in New Delhi, both the countries agreed to promote scientific cooperation, research & development for greater technological innovation and for deployment of environmentally-friendly technologies and products.

Both countries hoped that the Dialogue will lead to business-to-business collaboration of both the countries. The expected expanding trade and sound regulatory frameworks would emerge to deliver energy solutions for sustainable growth of economies of both the countries for benefit of their people.

Five of the six working groups affiliated with the Energy Dialogue (Coal, Oil & Gas, New Technologies and Renewable Energy, Power and Energy Efficiency, and Sustainable Growth) have held meetings including experts/officials. U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Centre had also brought up issues relating to progress on solar energy, advanced bio-fuels and energy efficiency of buildings under PACE-R.

Partnership to Advance Clean Energy PACE- Research & Development (PACE-R) has been working on research and development projects on solar energy, Building Energy Efficiency and Second generation bio-fuels. A number of consortia from Industry, R&D and Education Institutions have been formed to take up the projects in these areas.

In 2009, the India and U.S. agreed to significantly increase collaboration on energy security and clean energy through launching the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE).

India and USA have also signed two separate MoUs for partnership in clean energy access (PEACE) and demand for air-conditioning sector. The MoU on Promoting Energy Access through Clean Energy (PEACE) was launched in September 2013 for promoting increased energy access and is developing several priority activities.

India and the US have agreed to hold their crucial energy dialogue next month in what is the first real sign that all may finally be well between the two countries after ties were soured by the arrest and humiliation of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade. India's decision to quickly reschedule the energy dialogue reflects the thinking within the government that ties with the US, a global strategic partnership, are too important to be held hostage by developments over any one issue.

The US-India Energy Dialogue was launched in 2005 to promote increased trade and investment in the energy sector. Realizing the geopolitical implications of US natural gas exports, India is looking at investing heavily in this market. India sees LNG imports from the US as a win-win situation for both countries.


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