India and the United States have agreed to revamp the strategic energy partnership to reflect the new priorities of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden with a focus on promoting clean energy with low-carbon pathways and accelerating green energy cooperation.
During a virtual meeting, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and United States Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm reviewed India-US Strategic Energy Cooperation.
In a series of tweets, Mr Pradhan said: "Had an excellent introductory meeting virtually with US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. Congratulated @SecGranholm on assuming the high office. Reviewed the India-US Strategic Energy Cooperation (SEP)."
"Both of us agreed to revamp the India-US SEP to reflect the new priorities of Prime Minister @narendramodi and President @JoeBiden with a focus on promoting clean energy with low-carbon pathways and accelerating green energy cooperation," he said in another tweet.
6. @SecGranholm and I agreed to prioritise cooperation in emerging areas, intensify our industry engagements and also work with an all-of-the-above approach for strengthening energy security, expanding energy access and for mutual economic prosperity. pic.twitter.com/ACMEx2vWwD— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) March 29, 2021
Ms Granholm and Mr Pradhan agreed to prioritise greater collaboration in the cleaner energy sector- biofuels, carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), hydrogen production, and carbon sequestration through technology exchange, joint R&D through Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research (PACE-R), among other initiatives.
They also agreed to convene the third meeting of a revamped India-US Strategic Energy Partnership at an early date.
"Efforts to be intensified to take advantage of the complementarities of both the countries -advanced US technologies and rapidly growing India''s energy market for a win-win situation through a cleaner energy route with low carbon pathways," Pradhan tweeted.
"Jennifer Granholm and I agreed to prioritise cooperation in emerging areas, intensify our industry engagements and also work with an all-of-the-above approach for strengthening energy security, expanding energy access, and for mutual economic prosperity," he said.