SERIOUS MONDAY: US DEPT. OF ENERGY AND CHINA SIGN MEMORANDUM

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China. This MOU will increase cooperation and energy efficiency in China’s industrial sector. That accounts for 70% of China’s total energy demand.

“This agreement signifies the importance of our strategic energy and economic cooperation with China,” Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs Karen Harbert said. “As global energy use continues to rapidly increase, the US is working to identify ways to increase industrial energy efficiency both domestically and across the globe. Our US industry has significant expertise and products that can improve energy efficiency in China.”

A DOE team will conduct on site plant audits with the assistance of China’s National Development and reform Committee (NDRC), of the production process and plant energy systems at up to 12 facilities from the top 1000 energy enterprises in China. DOE will train factory personnel on plant audit techniques and provide the necessary tools to conduct them. These facilities must have the resources and feasibility to implement energy efficiency improvements identified by the DOE and NDRC teams, The DOE will conduct a comparison study of these Chinese enterprises and US manufacturing plants to identify differences on Best Practices.

“DOE intends to host training sessions in the United States for Chinese officials to familiarize energy-saving management personnel, including government personnel, energy-saving supervisory and monitoring personnel, energy policy research personnel, and the management of big energy consumption enterprises, with the US energy saving laws, policies, advanced energy saving procedures and technologies and best practices. DOE will also provide demonstrations for highly efficient boilers, fired heaters and combined heat and power units,” as stated in the DOE press release.

Since 2006, DOE has conducted 344 industrial assessments, identifying a potential $585 million in cost savings and 60 trillion BTU.

The release also stated the signing of the MOU follows cooperation through a number of bilateral and multilateral partnerships aimed at increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and removing barriers to private investment in clean energy technologies including the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue, the US-China Oil and Gas Industry Forum, Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum and the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor.

Dawn

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