The U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative, led by the Washington D.C.-based Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and Delhi-based Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, organized a dialogue between the state governments of Gujarat and Colorado to support a cooperative energy collaboration and exchange that will bolster energy sector development in the two internationally-oriented states.
On September 10th, the Government of Gujarat and the Government of Colorado held a Colorado-Gujarat Energy Partnership Dialogue focused on emergent energy challenges and opportunities in both states. The meeting was opened by Mr. Saurabhbhai Patel, the Minister for Energy for the Government of Gujarat. “You’ve come to the right place,” he stated, “Gujarat leads the nation in energy sector development. We should leverage this dialogue to identify opportunities to be formalized between the two states at Vibrant Gujarat in 2019.” Mr. Raj Gopal, Principal Secretary of Energy & Petroleum and Ms. Kathleen Staks, Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office presided over the session and set the tone for the government-to-government policy discussion.
On September 11th, at a research roundtable organized by the Gujarat Energy Research Management Institute (GERMI), participants from the energy research community of Gujarat including representatives of CEPT University, Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, Sardar Patel Renewable Energy Research Institute (SPRERI), Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gujarat Power Engineering and Research Institute (GPERI) and Gujarat Energy Training and Research Institute (GETRI), deliberated opportunities to collaborate with their Colorado-based counterparts on areas such as renewable energy integration, energy storage, utility business models and innovations, energy planning including demand side management and energy efficiency opportunities, and electric mobility. Present at the occasion, Mr. Chinmaya Acharya, Chief of Programmes, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation said “Gujarat has pioneered new technology, innovative policies and promoted institutional capacity building. Hence, it is important to support ideas and partnerships that emerge from this timely dialogue.”
From Colorado, representatives of the University of Colorado, Boulder, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Colorado School of Mines were present. The roundtable concluded with the signing of an MoU between the Colorado Energy Office and GERMI to promote policy exchange on integration of renewable energy and transportation electrification, promote collaborative research activities, and enable private sector exchange between the two states.
“Both Colorado and Gujarat are energy powerhouses in their respective country. Both states bolster forward thinking energy policy, robust energy focused economies and unrivalled educational and research institutions,” said Kathleen Staks. “We are excited to formalize a partnership pathway, which will increase investment potential to further build on these states’ energy strengths.”
The research roundtable was followed by an energy industry roundtable organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to unlock prospects for commercial engagement in the energy sector between the two states. The industry roundtable is timely given the upcoming U.S. tour for a delegation organized by Vibrant Gujarat officials
Supported by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative “has broken new grounds in connecting U.S. and Indian states to dialogue about their shared fate in managing the energy transition,” stated Dr. Kartikeya Singh, Deputy Director, Wadhwani Chair at CSIS. “One of the biggest efforts of the initiative is what you see before you today – the convening of two of the most dynamic states in both countries laying the foundations for a strategic energy partnership.”
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