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U.S. and Russia to Collaborate on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
DOE announced on April 8th that Deputy Secretary of Energy Kyle McSlarrow joined with Deputy Minister Oleg Gordeev from the Russian Federation's Ministry of Energy to sign a new Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The protocol was signed during a meeting of the U.S./Russia Energy Working Group (EWG), which was established by President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin in May 2002. The protocol provides a framework and establishes a coordinating committee for the two countries to work together on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The protocol is available on the DOE Web site (PDF 97 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.
The EWG participants also developed a second protocol to boost energy efficiency in Russian hospitals. The protocol supports a European Bank for Reconstruction and Development initiative to provide a loan of $150 million for use in Russian hospitals. It also establishes a plan to train hospital administrators in energy management and evaluation of energy efficiency bids. See the DOE press release.