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Friday, June 10, 2011

Under the Radar: Energy Secretary Chu Signs Agreement with Russia on Smart Grid and Nuclear Non-Proliferation

It would seem while we are all watching Weinergate, Energy Secretary Chu is busy signing non-proliferation and smart grid agreements with Russia:

"To say that Secretary Chu’s two days in Moscow have been busy is a bit of an understatement. His days were filled with meetings, speaking engagements and the U.S.-Russia Energy Working Group meeting. The Working Group is part of the broader Administration effort to promote cooperation between the U.S. and Russia.

Most notably, the Secretary signed two important energy agreements. The first was cosigned with Rosatom General Director Sergey Kiriyenko regarding U.S.-Russia joint nuclear cooperation. The agreement builds on past nuclear cooperation and includes support for national and international efforts on nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, for advancing research efforts and for the development of a legal framework to expand joint activities between our countries on nuclear research.

Secondly, Secretary Chu signed a joint statement with Russian Minister of Energy Sergei Shmatko following the Energy Working Group meeting concerning their action plan for the coming year. There are many facets to this plan, including a previously announced Smart Grid sister city project between San Diego and Belgorod, an Energy Savings Performance Contract pilot program in development in St. Petersburg and several clean energy joint research projects. The St. Petersburg project, in particular, would be the first of its kind in Russia and is designed to improve energy efficiency while lessening the up-front costs that might deter cities from installing more efficient systems in their existing public buildings."



turnrite said...

Is this horror enforceable?
Is it like a treaty that needs a vote?

Rosemary said...

This article doesn't really tell you what Chu is committing the U.S. to, but one thing for sure, I do not trust Chu any further than I can throw him.