Welcome to the U.S. India Energy Cooperation Program (ECP)
On November 8, 2010, during the visit of U.S. President Obama to India, USTDA and the U.S. Department of Commerce, together with India’s Planning Commission launched the U.S. India Energy Cooperation Program, or ECP. An MOU was signed by USTDA Director Leocadia Zak, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, and Deputy Chairman of the India Planning Commission Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
The ECP is designed as a private sector-based technical cooperation mechanism to leverage business resources in both the United States and India to promote commercially viable clean energy infrastructure, greater deployment of energy efficiency technologies, and increased U.S. India trade in these areas.
Eleven U.S. companies initially have committed to join the ECP as founding members, representing a broad cross-sector of the U.S. energy industry. Through the ECP, companies will identify projects, studies and related development work on clean and efficient energy technologies and practices in consultation with Indian government agencies such as the Planning Commission, Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ministry of Coal, and Indian counterpart organizations, as well as with USTDA and USG agencies. USTDA will consider providing financial assistance to Indian organizations for exchanges, studies, and training for activities which help to promote this cooperation.