(The Gist of PIB) Joint Statement on U.S.-India Strategy Energy Partnership

(The Gist of PIB) Joint Statement on U.S.-India Strategy Energy Partnership


Joint Statement on U.S.-India Strategy Energy Partnership

  • U.S. Secretary of Energy and Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas co-chaired the 2nd meeting of the U.S.-India Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP). 

Key outcomes of the meeting: 

  • The two sides signed a MOU to begin cooperation on Strategic Petroleum Reserves operation and maintenance. They also discussed the possibility of India storing oil in the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve to increase their nation’s strategic oil stockpile.
  • USAID announced partnership with Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO) to develop India’s National Open Access Registry (NOAR).
  • The sides launched a public-private Hydrogen Task Force to help scale up technologies to produce hydrogen from renewable energy and fossil fuel sources.
  • They also signed an MOU to collaborate on India’s first-ever Solar Decathlon in 2021.
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce launched an Energy Industry Working Group for India under the Asia EDGE initiative to facilitate private sector connections and ideas for U.S.-India energy cooperation, including on innovative and disruptive technologies.
  • They announced new areas of research on transformational power generation based on supercritical CO2 (sCO2) power cycles and advanced coal technologies for power generation and hydrogen production, including carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). 

U.S.-India Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP):

  • SEP was established in 2018 at the direction of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recognizing the strategic importance of energy to the U.S.-India bilateral relationship.
  • The SEP organizes inter-agency engagement on both sides across four primary pillars of cooperation: (1) Power and Energy Efficiency; (2) Oil and Gas; (3) Renewable Energy; and (4) Sustainable Growth.
  • The two countries are also leading joint R&D through the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy-Research (PACE-R) on smart grids and energy storage.


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