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Joint Report: 2009-2010 Results of the U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission: Energy


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Energy:
Russian Federation Minister of Energy Sergey Shmatko and
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu

Inter-Agency Participants:

U.S.

Russia

Department of Energy (DOE)

National Security Council

Department of State

Department of Commerce

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Department of Treasury

U.S. Agency for International Development

Trade Development Agency

U.S. Export Import Bank

Ministry of Energy (MOE)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Education and Science

Ministry of Economic Development

Ministry of Finance

Institute of Energy and Finance

Russian Academy of Sciences

Russian Energy Agency

 
Dates Group Convened:

September 2009:

Coordinators of the Energy Working Group, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation A.B Yanovskiy and DOE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Jon Elkind met in Moscow.

October 2009:

Secretary Chu and Minister Shmatko met on margins of International Energy Agency meeting in Paris to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Energy Cooperation.

March 2010:

Sub-Working Groups on Energy Efficiency, Energy Security, and Clean Energy Innovation Technologies met via video conferences.

April 2010:

Coordinators of the Energy Working Group, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Yanovsky and DOE. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Elkind met in Cancun on the margins of the International Energy Forum.

May 2010:

Energy Efficiency and Energy Security Sub-Working Groups met in Washington.

June 2010:

Coordinators of the Energy Working Group, Deputy Minister of Energy Yanovsky and DOE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Jon Elkind held a telephone conversation on the status of the Sub-Working Group meetings.

Deliverables/Progress:

In October 2009, during their meeting in Paris, Working Group co-chairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation on Energy, which provided an overall framework for cooperation in the Working Group.

  • Energy Efficiency: On May 12-13 2010, the first meeting of the Sub-Working Group on energy efficiency was held in Washington, D.C. The co-chairs of the Sub-Working Group, Director of the Department for National Energy Policy and Energy Efficiency of the Ministry of Energy of Russia S.A. Mikhaylov and DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan, approved an action plan to develop cooperation in the following areas: enhancement in the efficiencies and reliability of transmission and distribution of power; development of a financial framework to spur investment in energy efficiency projects; implementation of an advanced energy efficiency management system at the federal and municipal levels; improvement in corporate governance in the electric power industry; reduction of emissions of associated gas in upstream production; reduction of coal-bed methane emissions; modernization of construction practices; and collaboration on green buildings design. Also in May 2010, the Energy Working Group, the Business Development and Economic Relations Working Group, and the U.S.-Russia Business Council convened a business roundtable in Washington to explore the prospects for commercial cooperation and identify joint projects with the participation of U.S. and Russian companies. The Russian delegation also visited the U.S. Green Building Council to discuss energy efficient building materials and technologies and toured its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified headquarters building.

  • Clean Energy Innovation Technologies: The U.S. and Russian sides have identified responsible individuals to advance cooperation in the clean energy technologies Sub-Group. In June 2010, sub-group co-chairs Academician V.E. Fortov, Secretary of the Department of the Power Industry, Machine-Building, Mechanics, and Control Processes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and William Brinkman, Director of the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, held a meetings via video conference and agreed to develop a work plan outlining the prospects for cooperation in six areas: biofuels, obtaining fuels from solar energy, new materials (as applied to high-temperature and thermonuclear reactors), smart grids, hydrogen energy, and modeling and forecasting the development of clean energy technologies. This meeting will be followed up by meetings of experts to develop an action plan.

  • Energy Security: In March 2010, sub-Working Group co-chairs, Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Security Morningstar and Deputy Minister of Energy Kudryashov, held a video conference and agreed on the topics to be addressed by the Sub-Group. A meeting of the Sub-Working Group, took place in Washington on May 26-27, 2010. Three key topics were discussed: key trends and future outlook for world markets for energy resources, energy resource delivery routes and capabilities, and possibilities for investment in the Russian and U.S. energy sectors. They also visited the Barnett shale gas deposit at the invitation of ConocoPhillips.

Agenda for Future:

  • Identify and facilitate promising projects for joint implementation in the field of energy efficiency.

  • Develop and implement regular energy efficiency consultations and conferences for the purpose of attracting investment and promoting innovation in energy efficiency in the U.S. and Russian economies.

  • Discuss issues of pressing importance for ensuring global energy security.

  • Establish business-to-business contacts for implementation of joint projects in the field of clean energy innovation technologies.

  • Convene a public-private investment conference to examine ways to increase U.S. investment in the Russian energy sector and Russian investment in U.S.



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