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India, US agree to revise India-US Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP)

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India and US agree to revamp India-US Strategic Energy PartnershipIndia and the United States (US) have agreed to revise the India-US Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP). The revised SEP will have a greater focus on promoting clean energy with low-carbon pathways & accelerating green energy cooperation.

  • On March 29, 2021, An Introductory meeting was held between Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG) & Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy.
  • The two sides will accelerate efforts to take advantage of advanced U.S. Technologies & India’s rapidly growing energy market.
  • Both sides agreed to hold the Third meeting of a revised India-U.S. Strategic Energy Partnership at an early date (1st Meeting took place in 2018, while the 2nd meeting took place in 2020).

Focus Areas

  • The focus areas of the partnership will be Biofuels, CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilisation & Storage), hydrogen production and carbon sequestration through technology exchange.
  • The two sides will also conduct joint Research & Development through Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research (PACE-R) among other initiatives.

India-US Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP)

i.It was established in April 2018 at the direction of then-President Donald J. Trump & Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

ii.SEP organizes interagency engagement across 4 primary pillars of cooperation. They are

  • Power and Energy Efficiency
  • Oil and Gas
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Growth

iii.The US-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy-Research (PACE-R) on smart grids and energy storage to increase resilience and reliability of the electric grid.

Recent Related News:

i.On July 17 2020, India & US conducted the 2nd ministerial meeting of the U.S-India Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP) virtually to review progress, highlight major accomplishments, and prioritize new areas for cooperation.

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