Florida - Chhattisgarh: Dialogue on Decarbonization

October 15, 2020 • 9:00 – 10:00 am EDT

Subnational cooperation between the United States and India, remains a crucial mainstay of long-term economic growth, sustainable technology innovation, industrial development, and entrepreneurship. Chhattisgarh and Florida aspire to make important strides in advancing decarbonization policies and programs. Shared interests between the two states allow them the benefit of exploring technical, commercial, and academic ties. This closed-door strategic dialogue, facilitated by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and supported by the SED Fund, aims to create an environment that will enable the two states to proactively engage and learn how each has initiated programs to reduce carbon footprints.

CSIS hosted the third virtual private roundtable of the Clean Energy Leadership Group on October 15, 2020. The panel featured high-level participation from the states of Chhattisgarh and Florida. After sharing their states decarbonization priorities, targets, opportunities, and emerging trends, Senior Officials from the Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency and the office of energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shared their views and thoughts on core elements of their clean energy and deep decarbonization strategies. The discussion between the two states focused on, but were not limited to, data collection, structuring and financing renewable energy projects and grid resilient challenges.

Representatives from the two states agreed to explore partnerships in the following areas:

  • Battery storage
  • Data Collection and Analytics
  • Solar applications in agriculture and education sectors
  • Low-cost financing options
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Neelima Jain
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies
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Afeena Ashfaque
Associate Director, Wadhwani Chair in U.S. – India Policy Studies
Director, Office of Energy Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services