The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) engages in the Americas through regional partnerships, as well as bilaterally with individual countries. In addition to the regional and bilateral partnerships described below, EERE Technology Offices engage in bilateral research partnerships with countries in the Americas, including Brazil and Canada.
Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA)
President Obama announced the creation of the ECPA, a flexible framework under which any government in the Western Hemisphere can voluntarily opt into energy and climate initiatives or undertake new initiatives, at the April 2009 Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. EERE works through the ECPA on collaborative deployment projects strengthen market demand for U.S. products and services through promotion of clean energy markets.
On March 19, 2011, President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed to launch the U.S.-Brazil Strategic Energy Dialogue. EERE leads work in two of the areas highlighted under the Dialogue: Biofuels and Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency.
The U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue (CED), established during President Obama's visit to Ottawa in 2009, aims to enhance collaboration on the development of clean energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change. Collaborative activities include joint work in biofuels, energy efficiency standards, electric vehicles, building efficiency, and hydropower.
Under the Bilateral Framework on Clean Energy and Climate Change, EERE and the Mexican government have identified a number of common interest topics for cooperation, including wind energy, geothermal energy, and combined heat and power and district energy.