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A joint initiative by The Energy and Resource Institute-North America (TERI-NA) and Yale University, the 4th edition will explore the various dimensions pertaining to stimulating technology, trade and development in the energy sector.
Washington, May 5th’2013: Top U.S. and Indian leaders from the field of environment, energy, politics, government and business will be meeting at the Washington Marriott in Washington, D.C on May 13th and 14th May 2013 for the Fourth U.S-India Energy Partnership Summit, entitled "Stimulating Technology, Trade and Development”.
Some of the eminent luminaries who have confirmed their esteemed presence at the Summit include Mr. Al Gore, Former Vice President, United States of America and Co-Founder and Chairman, Generation Investment Management; Dr. R.K.Pachauri, President TERI-NA and Director General, TERI; Dr. Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Innovation Council and Advisor to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations; ; Ms. Nirupama Rao, Ambassador, Embassy of India to USA;Dr M Mangapati Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India; Prof. Richard C Levin, President, Yale University; Ambassador Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs , U.S. Department of Energy; Mr. Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy among others. Dr Farooq Abdullah, Hon'ble Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India has also shown expression of interest.
Announcing the Summit, Dr. R.K.Pachauri, President TERI NA & Director General, TERI said, “The US-India Energy Partnership Summit, jointly organised by Yale University and TERI-North America provides a platform for addressing the growing challenge of energy security faced worldwide and by the US and India in particular. Recent developments in the US, including the exploitation of shale gas reserves and other technological achievements as well as India’s efforts in the field of renewable energy provide a unique opportunity for the two countries to work closely together in solving their respective energy problems, and enhancing energy security for the world as a whole."
A high-level CEO Roundtable will take place on May 13 to discuss The Energy and Development Nexus: A new era of corporate leadership. The CEO Roundtable will provide an opportunity for corporate leaders from both countries to discuss, develop insights and new perspectives on how cooperation between the two countries on energy issues can lead to competitive advantage in domestic and global markets. The key-note address will be delivered by Dr. Sam Pitroda.
Dr. Annapurna Vancheswaran, Vice President, TERI NA who has been co-ordinating the Summit since its inception in 2009 said “It is really heartening to see this Summit growing stronger and intense with each year in participation and content from the two countries. Given India’s potential growth trajectory coupled with opportunities and challenges, this year’s Summit deliberations will be of significance not only to the two Governments, but to business leaders of the two countries as well.”
Mr. Al Gore will give a special address at the ‘Eve of Hope’, the curtain raiser of the Summit. The proceeds from the evening will go toward TERI’s global campaign, Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL) which endeavours to provide clean lighting and cook-stoves to remote corners of rural India and other countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa that have no access to electricity.
The US-India Energy Partnership Summit assumes significance in the backdrop of strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries. U.S. and India continue to engage through forums such as the U.S.-India Energy Dialogue and the Clean Energy Ministerial, which was held in Delhi recently; and joint research programs are making progress toward a clean energy future. Encouraging further trade in the energy sector, fostering expanded corporate involvement in the planning and implementation of development efforts, and taking advantage of new and emerging technologies represent ways for U.S. and India to maintain and strengthen their cooperation with regard to energy.