U.S. joins march toward green future

April 11, 2011 at 10:43 AM

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, April 11 (UPI) -- Washington will work with other major governments to improve electric grids and advance the general use of renewable energy, the U.S. energy secretary said.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said at an energy summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, that Washington was joining a coalition of 20 governments in an international smart grid action network. This, he said, would help advance so-called smart grids across the globe, which Washington said would promote the use of renewable energy and promote electric vehicles.

A Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment initiative, meanwhile, outlines ways in which energy efficiency can be improved. Through SEADS, Chu said, governments can erase plans to build 300 midsize power plants during the next 20 years.

The initiatives brokered at the Abu Dhabi conference aim to accelerate the global transition to a clean-energy future, the secretary said.

"Working together, we can move faster to save money, create jobs and accelerate the transition to a clean energy future," he told the energy delegates.

Washington hosted the first of a series of clean-energy summits last year.

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