U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz meet with a pair of high school entrepreneurs during an expo focused on clean energy and technology products in New Delhi, India, on June 24, 2013.
On July 31, 2014 Secretary Kerry co-chaired the fifth U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue with the Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi. Secretary Kerry was accompanied by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and officials from other U.S. agencies including the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and NASA. Discussions of bilateral and regional issues included U.S.-India economic ties, counterterrorism efforts, regional security initiatives, people-to-people ties, and other facets of the strategic partnership. It was the first U.S. cabinet-level visit to New Delhi since the new Indian Government was elected, and it underscored the strategic importance of the U.S.-India relationship.
Energy and Climate Change working groups will continue our successful energy dialogue and begin discussions on actions to address the challenge of global climate change. Here are some of the activities between the two governments that are advancing energy and climate change cooperation.
Fact Sheet: U.S.-India Energy and Climate Cooperation, July 31, 2014
Together, our two countries are working to diversify and expand energy resources, promote energy efficiency, and address the global concerns of climate change.
USTDA Accelerates Clean Energy for Telecom Towers in India, December 2, 2013
Ambassador Nancy Powell noted, "As the energy needs of our countries continue to grow, it is important that we are investing in efficient energy infrastructure and India's domestic resources in ways that minimize environmental impacts while keeping up with India's expanding economy. I congratulate USTDA, ICF International and Idea Cellular on this smart energy initiative."
- U.S.-India Joint Fact Sheet: Sustainable Growth, Energy and Climate Change, June 24, 2013
Both sides reaffirmed that technological and business innovation, scientific cooperation, research, development and deployment of environmentally-friendly technologies and products, open trade, and sound regulatory frameworks are needed to deliver solutions for sustainable growth.
- First-of-its Kind Investment Guarantee by USAID will Catalyze $100 Million in Funding to Promote Clean Energy Solutions for India, June 23, 2013
USAID will provide a 40% credit guarantee for a $100 million limited partner commitment to Nereus Capital‘s India Alternative Energy Fund managed by Northern Lights Capital Group, an institutional investor.
Launch of the United States-India Clean Energy Program: Partnership to Advance Clean Energy – Deployment (PACE-D) July 31, 2012
"One significant outcome of our bilateral Energy Dialogue is the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy, or “PACE,” which was launched by President Obama and Prime Minister Singh in November 2009," Ambassador Nancy J. Powell.
Energy Department Announces Selections for U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center, April 13, 2012
These three consortia will make up the $125 million U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC).
USAID and CII to sponsor South Asia Regional Conference on increasing Cross Border Energy Trade, February 15, 2012
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy (SARI/Energy) program, in cooperation with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), is hosting a South Asia Regional Conference on Policies and Regulations to Increase Cross Border Energy Trade at the Hyatt Regency hotel in New Delhi starting today.
- The U.S. Department of Energy and the Indian Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) sign particle research MOU
"This agreement is the latest step in the deepening cooperation between the U.S. and India on a range of clean energy and scientific fronts," said Deputy Secretary Poneman.
- Fact Sheet: The U.S. Commitment to Cookstoves in India, July 20, 2011
In September 2010, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change.
- Fact Sheet: U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy, Energy Security and Climate Change, July 19, 2011
Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reaffirmed their countries’ strong commitment to continue ongoing efforts to address climate change, ensure mutual energy security, and build a clean energy economy.
- Yes, together we can, Ambassador Roemer, May 23, 2011
Our vibrant economies are taking advantage of many opportunities in infrastructure, clean energy, mining, and technology for oil refining, and realising the president’s vision of increased cooperation between the US and India that "will be a win-win proposition for both nations."
- Demo of Clean Cook Stove at U.S. Consulate General, Chennai
- The inaugural U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, Washington, D.C. June 1-4, 2010
Indian and U.S. delegates met to hold 18 individual dialogues during the first U.S. India Strategic Dialogue, held from June 1-4 in Washington. In addition to a focus on global security and stability, the meeting included sub-dialogues across the full spectrum of the U.S.-India relationship, strengthening our cooperation in a range of issues including trade and investment, science and technology, infrastructure investment, environmental sustainability, climate change, energy security, education, agriculture, food security, health care and empowerment.
- Ambassador Roemer's Opening Remarks at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation's Renewable Energy & Clean Technology Conference, May 6, 2010
"This partnership is the result of the U.S. - India Strategic Dialogue, which has broadened and deepened our bilateral relationship in several key areas, including energy and climate change cooperation. On clean energy, our range of engagement with India is wide and far-reaching, covering financing, investment, trade, research, and exchanges."
- Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit attends American Center's Green Exhibit
Introducing innovative technologies for cleaner and greener environment, American Center held an exhibition at various venues in Delhi and other cities of India. Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs. Sheila Dikshit attended the opening of the exhibition on the occasion of launch of www.greenspaces.in/ideas at the residence of Mr. Meattle who serves as a Trustee of The Climate Project India (TCPI), a not for profit organization founded by former U.S. Vice President Nobel Laureate Al Gore. The 15-panel paper show highlights some U.S. Government programs in combating climate change through various technological and research funding and also covers U.S.-India collaborations at governmental and corporate levels.
- Assistant Secretary Blake on energy and climate change
Together for a greener and cleaner earth
In a speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs February 18, 2010, U.S. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake said, "A small U.S.-based business, Azure Power Punjab, is using a $6.2 million loan from OPIC to build the first privately developed solar project in India. The United States also supports India's broader low-carbon growth objectives, most notably through the Clean Energy Research and Development Initiative announced this past November during PM Singh's visit".
- U.S.-India Green Partnership, November 24, 2009
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched a Green Partnership, reaffirming their countries' strong commitment to taking vigorous action to combat climate change, ensuring their mutual energy security, working towards global food security, and building a clean energy economy that will drive investment, job creation, and economic growth throughout the 21st century. Toward that end, Prime Minister Singh and President Obama agreed to strengthen U.S.-India cooperation on clean energy, climate change, and food security.
- Launch of an Indo-U.S. Clean Energy Research and Deployment Initiative, November 24, 2009 (PDF - 81kb)
Supported by U.S. and Indian government funding and private sector contributions, this new Initiative will include a Joint Research Center operating in both the United States and India to foster innovation and joint efforts to accelerate deployment of clean energy technologies. The Initiative will facilitate joint research, scientific exchanges, and sharing of proven innovation and deployment policies.
- Support for an Indian Environmental Protection Agency, November 24, 2009 (PDF - 81kb)
The Indian EPA will focus on creating a more effective system of environmental governance, regulation and enforcement. Working with the India's Ministry of Environment and Forests, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide technical support to help establish an Indian National Environmental Protection Authority.
- U.S. Ambassador Timothy J. Roemer at Confederation of Indian Industry - Sohrabji Green Business Centre
This Green Business Centre (GBC) not only represents the promise of a green economy, it demonstrates the importance of partnership between India and the United States in the 21st century.
- India announces two nuclear power sites for the United States, October 17, 2009
The government of India today announced that it has allocated two sites to the United States for the construction of civil nuclear power plants. These sites will be Chhayamithi Virdi, in Gujarat, and Kovvada, Andhra Pradesh. This announcement follows an agreement made between the governments of the United States and India for expanded cooperation on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
- United States promotes renewable energy in India, August 10, 2009
The first-ever USA Pavilion was launched at the 3rd Renewable Energy Show taking place at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi today, showcasing cutting edge American renewable energy technologies.