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SA and US meet to enhance energy initiatives

United States
deputy secretary of
energy Daniel Poneman
Pretoria, South Africa — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 19 January 2012 – United States deputy secretary of energy Daniel Poneman and South African minister of energy Dipuo Peters have held the second meeting of the US–South Africa Bilateral Energy Dialogue, aimed at enhancing energy capacities and strengthening the US–South Africa partnership on energy initiatives.

The inaugural US–South African Energy Dialogue was launched by them in April 2010 in Washington, DC.

The second dialogue reviewed joint efforts in the areas flagged for cooperation in 2010, including energy modelling, peaceful nuclear cooperation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, carbon capture and sequestration, and shale gas resources.

Senior U.S. and South African officials this week developed a timeline to guide specific cooperative activities in the coming months, particularly in the areas of energy efficiency, smart grids, carbon capture and storage, and nuclear energy.

South African officials from the Department of Energy, South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage, and the South African National Energy Research Institute plan to work with counterparts from the U.S. Departments of Energy and State, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and other U.S. agencies on the implementation of ideas shared in Pretoria.

The parties agreed on the importance of leveraging the South African Energy Dialogue to produce concrete results for the benefit of the citizens of both nations.

“The Dialogue is of strategic importance,” said Poneman. “We are seeking concrete results to transform our energy future to generate prosperity and enhance the security of all of our citizens. We also seek to continue our cooperation in peaceful nuclear uses while we work to minimise the threat of nuclear weapons.”

Poneman confirmed earlier in the week that two American renewable energy firms were among the first 28 project developers named as preferred bidders by the South African Department of Energy in December. The companies were identified as SolarReserve and SunEdison.