The US-India Energy Partnership Summit 2010 successfully concluded on September 29. Officials from both governments, businesses from both countries, and international NGOs gathered to discuss the best ways to move forward on growing and vital energy cooperation between India and the United States.
In the context of multiple recently signed agreements for cooperative efforts on energy between India and the US, and with President Barack Obama’s first state visit to India just over a month away, conference participants worked towards understanding why and how to create a post-oil energy economy, what role governments need to play in the enhancement of energy security in both countries, and what is needed to foster and enhance partnerships, in both the public and private sectors, on new and efficient energy.
During the summit, chaired by Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Director General, TERI and Chair, IPCC and Dr. Richard Levin, President, Yale University, we heard from a gathering of high level stake-holders and decision-makers in the US-India relationship on energy and climate. Among these were, Dr. John P Holdren, President Obama’s Advisor on Science and Technology; Her Excellency Meera Shankar, India’s Ambassador to the United States; Professor Todd Stern, US Special Envoy on Climate Change; Dr. Pramod Deo, head of India's Central Electricity Regulatory Commission; Zia Khan, Vice President, Rockefeller Foundation; The Honorable Ed Markey, US Congressman; and The Honorable Brian Baird, US Congressman.
Post summit, it is more apparent still that the challenges in the area of energy that both countries face present opportunities for cooperation. The summit provided a platform for discussions needed to provide further momentum to this cooperation.
TERI and Yale University thank everyone who helped make the summit a