by Elise Richards -- December 14th, 2009
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Announcement in Copenhagen
Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a new initiative from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund research, development and deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Climate REDI (Renewable Energy Development Initiative) builds upon four programs:
- Solar and LED Energy Access, which addresses the issue of indoor air pollution by replacing traditional lamps with solar-powered LEDs.
- Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) to stimulate energy efficient technology for appliances, particularly refrigerators.
- Clean Energy Information Platform (CEIP), an online technical and policy resource for deploying clean technologies.
- Scaling-up Renewable Energy Program (S-REP) to make investments in developing and scaling clean technology.
While the announcement was one of the more “hyped” events of a chaotic day at the Bella Center, the $85 million commitment (over 5 years) from the U.S. did not seem to match the perceived significance. The program does, however, foster collaboration with several international partners including Australia, Italy, the UK, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland – increasing the total funding to $350 million.
Climate REDI was pitched as a “quick start” initiative, relying on existing programs to speed the development and deployment of clean technologies in both developed and developing nations. These programs also focus on five core principles: quality assurance, minimum efficiency standards, labeling, financing, and information sharing.