This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

December 20, 2006

United States and China Sign a Renewable and Energy Efficiency Protocol

The United States and China signed an Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Protocol on December 15th, renewing their cooperation in advancing clean technology, including hydrogen and solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy. The agreement was made as an outcome of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue in Beijing. The countries pledged to continue work to advance clean renewable energy technologies through discussions on market potential and commercialization and methods and results of research and development.

In addition, China joined the $1 billion FutureGen initiative, a 10-year international effort to develop a coal gasification plant that will separate and sequester carbon dioxide while producing electricity and hydrogen. The United States is also cooperating with China on a number of other energy efforts, including the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, the International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy, and the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum. See the DOE press release.