U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will lead clean energy business development missions to China and Indonesia, May 15-25, 2010. The missions will promote exports of leading U.S. technologies related to clean energy, energy efficiency, and electric energy storage, transmission, and distribution. The missions will make stops in Hong Kong; Shanghai and Beijing, China; and Jakarta, Indonesia.
China’s rapid economic growth has been accompanied by a huge increase in demand for energy and a dramatic jump in greenhouse gas emissions. In response to these challenges, China’s central government has made clean energy and energy efficiency strategic priorities, implementing programs and new regulations designed to reduce emissions of major pollutants and greenhouse gases. These new requirements offer U.S. companies an important opportunity to provide a wide range of clean energy technologies to China's growing market. The mission will help U.S. companies doing business in China to increase their current level of exports and business, and assist experienced U.S. exporters looking to enter the Chinese market for the first time—all of which will support the creation of green jobs in the United States.
Sound fiscal and monetary policies, strong domestic consumption, and diversified exports are fueling much of Indonesia’s growth. Energy needs far exceed supply causing the country to embark on multiple initiatives to regain energy balance. The Indonesian government expects a 56 percent increase in overall energy investments by 2014. Investment estimates include both public and private funds, which will be targeted at increasing the supply of electricity in urban areas, while also meeting the country’s rural electrification needs. Indonesia is open to cultivating relationships with U.S. technology and service providers. Indonesia’s strategic setting in Asia and its emerging domestic market offer significant commercial opportunities for the U.S. clean energy industry. Participants can help shape the growth of the Indonesian clean energy market by providing insight on standards and regulations that can ultimately lead to creating an environment that is ideal for U.S. products in the future.