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Trade Missions to Focus on Clean Energy

This May, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will lead clean energy business development missions to China and Indonesia. Companies wishing to participate have until March 12 to apply.

Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke intends to lead the Obama administration’s first cabinet-level trade missions on May 15–25 when he travels to China and Indonesia. The purpose of the visits will be to promote exports of leading U.S. technologies related to clean energy; energy efficiency; and the storage, transmission, and distribution of electricity. In China, the mission will make stops in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing. In Indonesia, the mission will stop in the capital city of Jakarta.

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Shanghai, China, will be one of the stops on a trade mission to China this May that will be led by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. (photo © Ludger Vorfeld/iStock)

Shanghai, China, will be one of the stops on a trade mission to China this May that will be led by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. (photo © Ludger Vorfeld/iStock)

 

“Clean energy may be the greatest economic opportunity of the 21st century, and the development, production, and deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency technologies can be one of the most beneficial areas of cooperation in the history of U.S.-China relations,” said Locke on January 28, in remarks to the U.S.-China Business Council in Washington, D.C., where he announced the trade missions.

The trade mission to Indonesia will demonstrate the United States’ commitment to a sustained economic partnership with that country, and will build on recent commercial diplomacy focused on clean energy, science, and transportation.

China: Commitment to Clean Energy

The visit to China will begin on Sunday, May 16, in Hong Kong, continue on to Shanghai on May 18, and end in Beijing on May 21.

China’s rapid economic growth has been accompanied by a huge increase in demand for energy and a dramatic jump in greenhouse gas emissions. The central government has made clean energy and energy efficiency strategic priorities, and set targets to reduce energy intensity per unit of GDP by 20 percent and reduce emissions of major pollutants by 10 percent.

China has also made a commitment to renewable energy projects, thus offering U.S. producers important opportunities to provide solar photovoltaic, waste-to-energy, biomass, geothermal, biofuel, and resource mapping technologies.

Approximately 20 to 25 companies will be selected from the applicant pool to participate in the China mission. The fee to participate is $10,000 for large firms and $8,500 for small or medium-sized enterprises. This fee covers one representative per company. Additional company representatives will be charged $3,300 per person.

Indonesia: Crash Electrification Program

Like the trade mission to China, the mission to Indonesia will be promoting U.S. exports in a broad range of clean energy technologies, including geothermal, biomass, hydropower, wind, solar, and energy efficiency technologies.

Indonesia’s government has undertaken a crash program to increase the production and distribution of electricity. It has also mandated that 15 percent of the country’s electricity should come from renewable energy sources by 2025—5 percent from geothermal sources, 5 percent from biomass, and 5 percent from other renewable sources. To accomplish these goals, Indonesia will likely need to add 6.7 gigawatts of new renewable energy production, thereby opening opportunities for U.S. producers in the energy sector.

Approximately 10 to 15 senior executives from U.S. companies are expected to participate in the visit to Indonesia, which will arrive in Jakarta on Sunday, May 23, and last through Tuesday, May 25. The fee to participate in the Indonesia mission is $2,800 for large firms and $1,900 for small or medium-sized enterprises. Additional company representatives will be charged $900 per person.

Companies or organizations interested in participating in either (or both) the China or Indonesia missions must submit applications to the Department of Commerce (see sidebar). Expenses for travel, lodging, some meals, and incidentals are not included in the fees, and are the responsibility of the individual participants.

 

For More Information

Complete information about how to apply to participate in the upcoming trade missions to China and Indonesia is available on the Department of Commerce’s Web site. The application deadline for both missions is March 12, 2010. Applications received after that date will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. For additional information, contact the Department of Commerce’s Office of Business Liaison, tel. (202) 482-1360; e-mail: CleanEnergyMission@doc.gov.