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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will attend the second Clean Energy Ministerial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on April 6-7, 2011.

The Clean Energy Ministerial, launched by Secretary Chu in Washington, D.C., on July 19-20, 2010, is a forum for ministers from the world's major economies to work together to transition to clean energy technologies. Participating governments account for 80 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and more than 70 percent of global gross domestic product. They also fund the vast majority of public research and development in clean energy technologies. 

CEM initiatives will help avoid the need to build more than 500 mid-sized power plants in the next 20 years, promote the rapid deployment of electric vehicles, support the growing global market for renewable energy and carbon capture technologies, bring solar lanterns or other improved energy services to more than 10 million people without access to grid electricity by 2015, and help encourage women to pursue careers in clean energy. Visit the Clean Energy Ministerial website for more information on the initiatives.

April 6, 2011 all times local and subject to change

1:45pm-3:00pm - Report to Ministers from public-private business roundtables and analysis of the status of clean energy deployment and related policies around the world from the International Energy Agency

5:00pm-7:30pm - Forum on the role of women in the clean energy revolution

April 7, 2011 all times local and subject to change

2:30pm - Press conference

Press wishing to attend should RSVP to Serene Nayef Serhan at

Daily updates will be available at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at hashtag #CEM2.

Media contact(s):

(202) 586-4940