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U.S. DOE Announces Expansion to China

The U.S. Department of energy announced an expansion plan this week. To China. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman announced the establishment of a Department of Energy (DOE) office in Beijing, China. As of yet, there’s no overt connection to renewable energy opportunities but it’s auspicious timing as China recently enacted a national renewable standard of 10 percent.

According to the DOE, the new office will support the department’s cooperative efforts with China on energy and nuclear security issues. The announcement of DOE’s new Beijing office was made in conjunction with the first meeting of the U.S.-China Energy Policy Dialogue held last Friday in Washington. The office will be located within the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. “The United States and China have a constructive relationship on a variety of issues, including energy security and nuclear security,” Secretary Bodman said.” Through the U.S.-China Energy Policy Dialogue, and with on-site assistance from the new DOE office, we can enhance our cooperation to promote energy efficiency, diversify our energy supplies, expand the use of clean energy technologies, as well as continue our mutual efforts to increase nuclear security in both our nations.” That mention of “clean energy” technologies is the most promising in terms of renewable energy but the Department of Energy has been known to use the term “clean energy” quite loosely in including fossil and nuclear energy projects as “clean.” Both the establishment of DOE’s Beijing Office and the U.S.-China Energy Policy Dialogue were initiated in 2004 by then-Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, in recognition of China’s role in the international community, as well as the increased numbers of cooperative agreements established between the two countries in recent years.