Secretary Clinton Announces New Energy Partnerships

April 16, 2010

Remarks made by Secretary Clinton yesterday at the InterAmerican Development Bank on the occasion of the preparatory meetings of the Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas. Video is also available.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, thank you very much, Luis Alberto, and to everyone here at IDB. Thank you for hosting this important gathering. And I am delighted to see so many friends in the audience representing not only the important work that we talk about today, but the partnership across our hemisphere. And I know that Secretary Chu spoke with you this morning and someone’s already told me that he was the funniest physicist you’ve ever heard from. (Laughter.) And I have to agree, probably the funniest Nobel Prize Laureate as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Setting a Hemispheric Energy Agenda

April 9, 2010

This posting is a guest contribution by Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Council of the Americas in Washington DC. It was originally published as a contribution to the AS-COA website.

Leaders from across the Americas will converge on Washington April 15 to 16 to promote the efficient production and consumption of clean energy. As a follow-on to the Summit of the Americas one year ago in Trinidad and Tobago, the Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas seeks to create an agenda based on energy efficiency, increased use of renewables, cleaner fossil fuels, infrastructure development, and universal access to energy resources. These are good and worthy goals. The question will be whether governments are prepared to move beyond aspirations and to build an agenda for cooperation and implementation, both with each other and also with the private sector. If they do, the hemisphere could play a leading role in global clean energy markets. If they don’t, the region will fall behind. Read the rest of this entry »

Energy Initiatives Update

July 22, 2009

As promised, here is an update on the various energy partnership initiatives in the hemisphere.

On the US Low Carbon Communities: According to the information provided by the US Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Lab and the DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program are accepting proposals under the new Low Carbon Community program Read the rest of this entry »

The evolution of energy initiatives

July 14, 2009

Time flies when you are having fun…and keeping up with the world in the beginning of summer in North America is a challenge. That is the only explanation I can offer for the hiatus on article postings on this blog. Still, I am hard at work behind the scenes to bring you up to date on a number of fronts.

First, we are researching details on the new energy agreement signed by Chile and the US on the occasion of President Bachelet’s visit to Washington in June. Read the rest of this entry »