Energy cooperation is a central element of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership.
Recognizing the need to address climate change, ensure mutual energy security, and build a clean energy economy that drives investment, job creation, and economic growth; India and the United States launched the U.S.-India
Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE) on November 24, 2009 under the U.S.-India Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation on Energy Security, Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy and Climate Change.
As a priority initiative under the PACE umbrella, the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Government of India signed an agreement to establish the Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC) on November 4, 201 0. The JCERDC is designed to promote clean energy innovation by teams of scientists and engineers from India and the United States.