WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary Chu announced today that senior representatives from the Department of Energy are attending a regional energy meeting hosted by the Colombian Ministry of Energy in Bogotá, Colombia. The meeting will bring together public and private representatives from the Andean region, as well regional multilateral organizations, including the Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States and the U.S.-Colombia Chamber of Commerce, to discuss the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).
"As we move toward the Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas this April, countries from across the region are stepping forward to lead initiatives that will help promote clean energy and reduce carbon emissions," said Secretary Chu. "These expanding partnerships will play an important role in our collaborative efforts to address global climate change while promoting local economic recovery."
During Friday's meeting, Colombia will lead discussions on an ECPA project to integrate the electricity infrastructure in the Andean region. In support of Colombia's infrastructure proposal, DOE will explore potential ways to add value to the project by sharing U.S. expertise and best practices for Smart Grid deployment, long-distance electricity losses, and improving the efficiency of the distribution system.
In the run up to the Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas, which will be hosted by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in Washington, D.C. on April 15 and 16, countries from across the Western Hemisphere will be hosting meetings to discuss the vision for the continued development of ECPA and how interested countries can both lead and cooperate on various clean energy and climate projects.