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WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman and Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India, Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia today met in Washington, DC today to launch a new bilateral U.S. - India Energy Dialogue, fulfilling a commitment made during a September 2004 meeting between President George W. Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.  The goal of this Dialogue is to promote increased trade and investment in the energy sector by working with the public and private sectors to further identify areas of cooperation and collaboration. 

"Energy demand is increasing here at home and around the world, particularly in countries like India where there is dramatic economic growth," Secretary Bodman said.  "By working together, the United States and India can help secure clean, reliable, affordable sources of energy to keep both our economies and the economies of the world expanding." 

The U.S. - India Energy Dialogue will build upon the broad range of existing energy cooperation between the two countries, as well as develop new avenues of collaboration.  Its work will be organized across five Working Groups, supervised by a Steering Committee.  Secretary Bodman named David Garman, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, as the U. S. co-chair of the Steering Committee, and Dr. Ahluwalia named Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran as the Indian co-chair. 

The Steering Committee will set goals and timelines for the Working Groups, and ensure their coordination on crosscutting issues such as energy security, future energy scenarios, and trade and investment. 

The Working Groups themselves will address more specific topics, including oil and natural gas, electric power, coal and clean coal technology, energy efficiency, renewable energy, new technologies such as hydrogen, and civil nuclear power.

The first meetings of the working groups are expected to take place in the next several months.

The U.S. -- India Energy Dialogue Joint Statement can be accessed at:
http:// www. pi.

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