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India, US hold ministerial meeting on Strategic Clean Energy Partner

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US-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP)

U.S.-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP): Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri co-chaired a virtual Ministerial meeting with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ms. Jennifer Granholm to launch the revamped U.S.-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP).

Background:

  • The SCEP is launched in accordance with U.S.-India Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden at the Leaders Summit on Climate held in April 2021.

Key Points:

  • The SCEP organizes inter-governmental engagement across the following five pillars of cooperation:
  1. Power and Energy Efficiency
  2. Responsible Oil and Gas
  3. Renewable Energy
  4. Sustainable Growth 
  5. Emerging Fuels
  • The Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) also announced the launch of the India-US Task Force on Biofuels to build on the scope of work on cooperation in the biofuels sector.
  • Furthermore, the two sides also announced the rechristening of the Gas Task Force to India-US Low Emissions Gas Task Force, which would continue to forge collaboration between U.S. and Indian companies on innovative projects to support India’s vision of a gas-based economy.
  • Both sides have initiated the institutionalization of the India Energy Modeling Forum with the constitution of Six Task Forces for carrying out research and modeling in different areas.
  • They agreed to continue to develop better understandings on methane abatement under this Task Force.
  • Building on the success of the first phase, both sides agreed to expand the scope of the work to include smart grid and grid storage 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 & Technology (DST).
  • The meeting also reviewed the progress of the India-US Civil Nuclear Energy Cooperation.

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