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U.S.-India Clean Energy and Climate Action and Collaboration: A Subnational Perspective

July 20, 2022 • 8:45 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Please join the CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) for an event (both in-person and online).

In the United States as in India, state governments play a critical role in addressing climate change, whether by advancing clean energy technologies, demonstrating the viability of innovative policy and regulatory approaches, or engaging stakeholders to manage the impacts of the transition. This meeting will bring together policy leaders in both countries to explore opportunities for continued subnational and international cooperation and best practice exchange in financing, technology, and policy innovation.

Opening Remarks and Welcome
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Katherine Hadda, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Keynote: U.S. Department of Energy Leadership in America and Abroad
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
In this opening keynote, the U.S. Department of Energy will highlight key priorities and strategies for advancing America’s security, economic competitiveness, and energy systems through collaboration, partnership, and capacity-building from the subnational to the international levels.
David Turk, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

Harnessing State-Federal Decision Making and Coordination in the United States and India
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
The long-standing partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy represents a commitment from top levels of government to drastically scale clean energy technologies in pursuit of shared climate goals. Achieving impact through this bilateral engagement will require not only mobilization within the U.S. federal government and Indian central government, but support and implementation at the state and local levels. This opening panel session will explore how national and state policymaking and innovation can be effectively harnessed for impactful and meaningful climate action.
Panel Speakers:
Dinesh Jagdale, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
Varun Sivaram, Senior Director for Clean Energy and Innovation, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry
David Terry, Executive Director, NASEO
Jeevan Kumar Jethani, Executive Director, AREAS

Moderated by:
Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program, CSIS

State Clean Energy Leadership: Informing Policy Innovation through best practices and Stakeholder Engagement
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
U.S. and Indian states are in the crucial position of navigating climate goals in the context of their unique economic, market, and political landscapes. In this session, state policy leaders from both countries will highlight their successes, lessons learned, and future plans for advancing clean energy and climate solutions in their states, economies, and communities.
Sanjay Dubey, Principal Secretary Energy, Government of Madhya Pradesh (via video)
Niraj Verma, Principal Secretary Power, Government of Assam (via video)
Gagan Bihari Swain, Director (F&CA) Gridco Ltd, Director (Finance) OHPC Ltd, Director, TPNODL & TPCODL, Government of Odisha
Joanna Troy, Director of Energy, Policy and Planning, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Robert Jackson, Director, Energy Office, Michigan 
Ari Gerstman, Associate Director, District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment

Moderated by Sandy Fazeli, Senior Managing Director, National Association of State Energy Officials

Keynote: Catalyzing Connections through Philanthropic Investment
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
This keynote presentation will highlight the significant projects supported by the SED Fund, whose mission is to catalyze resources and leadership for an equitable energy transition and climate action, in cultivating U.S.-India subnational clean energy collaboration and partnership.

Vikas Mehta, Executive Director, SED Fund
Introduced by Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Chair, NASEO Board of Directors.

This event is made possible with generous support from SED Fund.

Afeena Ashfaque
Adjunct Fellow (Non-resident), Chair in U.S. – India Policy Studies