US Assistant Secretary for Energy to visit India

Asst. Secretary Pyatt will meet senior Indian officials on US-India shared agenda on energy and transition

US Assistant Secretary for Energy to visit India / @AsstSecENR

US Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Geoffrey R. Pyatt is set to arrive in India for an official two-city tour of New Delhi and Hyderabad between January 26-31.

In New Delhi, Pyatt will speak on two panels at the India-U.S. Forum focusing on priorities, opportunities, and challenges around critical minerals for the global energy transition.

In Hyderabad, he will meet with private sector officials and innovators to explore opportunities to accelerate the energy transition and diversify renewable energy supply chains, according to a State Department release.

“Assistant Secretary Pyatt will also advance commercial cooperation with private sector partners in India’s rapidly growing clean energy sector,” the release said, highlighting India as a vital energy partner for the US in line with the Minerals Security Partnership.

Last year, US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm attended a ministerial meeting of the US-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP).

During the meet, “both sides noted the growing importance of bilateral energy cooperation between the countries while underscoring the critical importance of bilateral clean energy engagement and the achievements of the SCEP in strengthening energy security, creating opportunities for clean energy innovation, addressing climate change and creating employment generation opportunities,” the release mentioned.

India and the US have maintained a long and successful strategic partnership in the energy sector. In November 2009, both countries launched the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE), which is working to accelerate inclusive, low-carbon growth by supporting research and deploying clean energy technologies.

During the first bilateral summit held in September 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then-US President Barack Obama announced a commitment to strengthen and expand PACE through a series of priority initiatives.