The PACE-D Technical Assistance Program, led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Nexant, Inc., aims to accelerate India's transition to a high performing, low emissions, and energy secure economy. This initiative is largely based on the bilateral agreements signed between the U.S and the Government of India, one on energy efficiency technology commercialization and innovation with the Ministry of Power (MOP) as the line ministry, and the other on renewable energy technology commercialization and innovation with the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) as the line ministry.
The five-year program has three key components: energy efficiency, renewable energy, and cleaner fossil technology. with an overarching focus on capacity building and clean energy finance. The team will focus on developing and strengthening energy efficiency and renewable energy policy and regulatory frameworks, program designs, and financial incentives in India.
Whole of Government Approach
The PACE-D Technical Assistance (TA) Program is a part of the overall Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE) initiative signed between the Government of United States and India in November 2009 to enhance cooperation on energy security, energy efficiency, clean energy, and climate change. The PACE initiative is a ‘Whole of Government” approach with different U.S. agencies playing key role in research and deployment of clean energy.
PACE has two components - Research component (PACE-R) led by Department of Energy and the Deployment Component (PACE-D) that is led by USAID. The other U.S. agencies under PACE-D include Department of Commerce (DoC), Department of State (DoS), U.S. Department of Energy, Export Import Bank (EXIM), Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and Trade and Development Agency. Please access the Secretariat page for more information.