India, US agreed to work together on clean energy initiatives

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admin November 8, 2021
Updated 2021/11/08 at 7:36 AM

According to an official statement, India and the United States have decided to extend their energy relationship by adding developing fuels to the list of areas of collaboration, which previously included electricity and energy efficiency, oil and gas, renewable energy, and sustainable development.

On Thursday evening, the US-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP) held a Ministerial meeting.

According to a release from the Oil Ministry, “Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri co-chaired a virtual Ministerial meeting with US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm to launch the revised US-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP).”

The SCEP was established in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden’s announcement of the US-India Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership during the Leaders’ Summit on Climate in April of this year.

It said, “The two sides announced the inclusion of a fifth Pillar on Emerging Sources, signaling a mutual commitment to developing clean energy fuels.”

“A new India-US Task Force on Biofuels was also established to expand the scope of work on collaboration in the biofuels sector,” it said. With this, the SCEP inter-governmental collaboration now spans five pillars: power and energy efficiency, responsible oil and gas, renewable energy, sustainable growth, and emerging fuels.

Minister Puri and the Secretary discussed progress, significant achievements, and prioritised new areas for collaboration under different pillars, according to the release.

“The conference also discussed the progress on India-US Civil Nuclear Energy Cooperation,” the statement added, without going into detail.

“Minister Puri emphasised that the revitalised clean energy partnership will intensify efforts from both sides to take advantage of the complementarities that exist between the US and India – advanced US technologies and a rapidly growing Indian energy market – for a win-win situation through a cleaner energy route with low carbon pathways,” the statement said.

Following the redesign, the renewable energy pillar will place a strong focus on upscaling collaboration by working on a number of projects and system-friendly techniques in India’s renewable energy industry.

“The US Secretary praised India’s renewable energy objective of 450 GW by 2030 and promised to work closely with India to achieve this goal,” according to the statement.

“Both sides will strengthen the electric grid in India to support large-scale renewables integration, including through smart grids, energy storage, flexible resources, and distributed energy resources, and to ensure reliable and resilient grid operations, as well as promoting energy efficiency and conservation measures,” the statement continued.

The two countries also announced that the Gas Task Force would be renamed the India-US Low Emissions Gas Task Force, which would continue to foster cooperation between US and Indian businesses on innovative initiatives to promote India’s goal of a gas-based economy.

Under this Task Force, the two parties also committed to continuing to acquire deeper understandings of methane abatement.

Both parties have started the process of institutionalising the India Energy Modeling Forum by forming six task forces to do research and modeling in various sectors. Energy Data Management, Low Carbon Technologies, and a Just Transition in the Coal Sector have all been assigned to joint committees.

As part of the second phase of the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE)-R initiative, anchored on the Indian side by the Department of Science and Technology, the two sides agreed to broaden the scope of the work to include smart grid and grid storage, building on the success of the first phase.

 

Source: The Hindu

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