United States and Kazakhstan co-host seminar on renewable energy and energy efficiency


United States and Kazakhstan co-host seminar on renewable energy and energy efficiencyUnder the auspices of the U.S.-Kazakhstan Energy Partnership, the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies and the U.S. Department of Energy hosted a seminar to address barriers and incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency; Kazinform refers to the US Embassy in Astana.

The two-day conference included the participation of experts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as the Georgia Institute of Technology and the company Hudson Technologies.  More than 100 representatives from government, industry, and various organizations attended the seminar, and listened to U.S. experts describe the successes and challenges that the United States has faced in the employment of clean-energy technologies.

The renewable-energy discussions focused on the economic value of developing Kazakhstan’s renewable-energy potential, methods to address barriers to renewable energy, and use of analytical tools to map wind-resource potential.  The energy-efficiency group explored ways to implement an energy-management program and surveyed industrial energy-efficiency tools and standards.  Participants from both sides stressed the need for policies that provide long-term, stable support for clean-energy development.

The United States and Kazakhstan have long cooperated in the energy sector.  U.S. President Obama and Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev met on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2010, and issued a joint statement that pledged to intensify bilateral cooperation to promote nuclear safety and non-proliferation, regional stability in Central Asia, economic prosperity, and universal values.  Specifically, the Presidents underlined the 15-year track record of close cooperation between Kazakhstan and the United States and success in the reduction of the threat of nuclear weapons around the world.  They expressed their intention to enhance cooperation on nuclear energy and alternative-energy sources.