Tentative agenda

13th May

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

CEO Roundtable

6.00 – 8.00 p.m.

Eve of Hope Reception with address from former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore

14th May

9.40 – 10.20 a.m.

Inaugural Session

10.30 – 12.30 p.m.

Parallel Tracks (with tea/coffee/snacks)

12.30 – 1.15 p.m.

Working Lunch

1.15 – 2.15 p.m.

Session 1

2.20 – 3.20 p.m.

Session 2

3.20 – 3.35 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:35 – 4:35 p.m.

Session 3

4:40 – 5:15 p.m.

Closing Session

5.15 – 5.45 p.m.

Networking Reception with hors d’oeuvres

Plenary Sessions

Energy Access, Growth and Sustainability

Currently, 400 million Indians do not have access to electricity or clean forms of energy. This limits economic opportunity, impinges on access to education, results in crop spoilage and inefficiency, and harms health (e.g. indoor air pollution from cooking fires). Bringing electricity and clean forms of energy to the ⅓ of Indians who are currently deprived of them is a monumental imperative for India, both in terms of human development as well as economic possibility. This means, however, that India’s demand for energy is set to grow as by more than 50% by just 2020. Keeping up with demand in a way that addresses environmental and health concerns will take concerted action on the parts of the government, businesses and NGOs. Lessening the intensity of India’s growing demand for new energy through improving energy efficient technologies is vital for the scale and pace of development India seeks.

Financing Energy Efficient and Clean Technology Projects

A number of U.S.-India initiatives, such as the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE), seek to develop and expand financing for energy efficient and clean technologies. While technology transfer is important, the U.S. and India must encourage efforts at expanding the number and scope of joint ventures in capitalizing on energy efficient and clean energy technology development and implementation. Such an expansion will require not only increased financing, but also innovative financing mechanisms and corresponding enabling policies. Reducing barriers to such investment in energy efficient and clean energy technologies is very important, as policies must be flexible to encourage bilateral partnerships at all levels from research and development to project implementation and construction.

Opportunities for Bilateral Energy Sector Trade

From battery manufacturing to various kinds of energy services, the opportunities for trade between the U.S. and India in the energy sector are enormous. The U.S. and India are currently negotiating a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), but as various independent groups have pointed out, a BIT is only the beginning and U.S.-India trade must be further strengthened, possibly through sector-specific agreements. Energy is one such sector where trade possibilities abound. Increased bilateral trade in the energy sector has the potential to accelerate the rise of the bottom of the pyramid through enhancing energy access and employment opportunities. Making progress on and opening doors for bilateral energy trade is very clearly in the U.S. and India’s mutual interests.

Parallel Tracks

In addition to the Plenary Sessions, the U.S.-India Energy Partnership Summit will explore the area of innovation in the energy sector in more detail through three Parallel Tracks. These Tracks will consist of more intimate, two-hour discussions where more interaction will be possible and ideas can be explored in depth. Here, we have set out several examples of questions that could provide starting points for the discussions.

Driving Energy Efficiency Technology Innovation and Adoption

  • What should the agenda be for joint research into energy efficiency and how can such research be quickly brought to the market?
  • How can energy efficiency help to meet India’s changing energy demands as its population grows and moves to urban areas?
  • How are new energy efficient technologies changing energy access and how can this advance development?

Women and the Green Economy

  • How can the U.S. and India foster greater involvement of women in leading sustainable economic growth?
  • What is the potential for women to contribute to the design and development of a green economy?
  • What is the role of women in advancing energy access and energy security?

Empowering Energy Entrepreneurs

  • How can bilateral cooperation empower entrepreneurs seeking to make society more energy efficient?
  • What barriers do energy entrepreneurs face and which can government practically reduce?
  • What is the role for social entrepreneurship and should it be treated differently?