Pallone Applauds $30 Million Expansion of U.S. –India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D NJ-06), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, applauded news that the Energy Department’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability will help provide $30 million for joint research on smart grid and energy storage under the U.S.–India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research. The Energy Department and the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology will commit $1.5 million per year for five years to the expanded research effort. Private funding from both the United States and India will match government commitments, resulting in a combined $30 million public-private research investment over the next five years.
“As the largest democracy in the world, India is a crucial ally of the United States and an important player in the world economy,” said Pallone. “That is why I am so pleased that India and the United States are working together to develop the use of clean energy to better serve their growing economies and to protect the global environment. The U.S.–India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research should serve as an example of how nations and the public and private sectors can come together to improve the lives of the people they serve.”
Congressman Pallone is the co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans. Earlier this year, he introduced H.Res.786, expressing the sense of Congress that India should have a permanent seat on the United Nation's Security Council. The resolution would put the U.S. House of Representatives officially on record in support of India's bid.
Pallone also served on the Congressional escort committee for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to a joint session of Congress in June.