|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2013
Steve Lewis | (703) 875-4357
USTDA DIRECTOR ZAK AND U.S. SECREATARY OF STATE KERRY PARTICIPATE IN U.S.-CHINA ENERGY COOPERATION PROGRAM ANNUAL MEETING
|Announces USTDA Support for Clean Energy Projects in China|
BEIJING, CHINA – U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Director Leocadia I. Zak opened the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Program (ECP) meeting in Beijing on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The meeting was co-hosted by Zhang Guobao, Chairman of the Chinese Industrial Overseas Development and Planning Association (CIODPA) and co-organized with the Environmental Defense Fund. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and State Councilor Yang Jiechi gave closing remarks at the meeting, designed to highlight successful models of public-private partnerships in energy between the United States and China.
"It is clear that the ECP has become an important platform to enhance our collaborative efforts on clean energy between the public and private sectors in both our countries. USTDA has been pleased to offer support to this effort through supporting programs that advance our joint objectives for a cleaner energy future," stated Director Zak in her keynote address.
In addition to representing the U.S. Government during the program, Director Zak announced the commencement of a smart grid substation communication architecture pilot project funded by USTDA. This pilot project, led by Cisco Systems, Inc. in cooperation with the China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI), will demonstrate U.S. technology for smart grid communications at the substation level, which will greatly enhance the overall reliability of China’s electrical grid.
Director Zak also announced that USTDA intends to support an electricity data integration, management, and visualization project with China Southern Grid’s Electric Power Research Institute and OSIsoft, an ECP member company. This project will demonstrate ways smart grid technologies can be integrated into China Southern Grid’s existing systems, enabling better communications and reducing electricity losses. The project is a high priority for China Southern Grid and represents a tremendous opportunity to share U.S. expertise and technology.
The event also included participation from USTDA partners China’s National Energy Administrator, Wu Xinxiong, and the Vice Minister of China’s Ministry of Commerce, Wang Chao, as well as representatives from ECP’s 44 member companies, civil society, and the U.S. Departments of Energy and Commerce.
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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.
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