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Lingle in China: Developing clean energy partnerships


Gov. Linda Lingle and DBEDT Director Ted Liu met with Chairman Xu Kuangdi of the China Academy of Engineering and noted clean energy leader Zhou Fengqi to discuss and exchange ideas on renewable energy and energy efficiency from Hawaii and China’s perspectives.

The head of China Wind Energy Association was present and agreed to explore deployment of China’s new wind turbine technology in partnership with wind project developers in Hawaii.

The meeting also included officials of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, which has broad administrative and planning control over the Chinese economy, including formulating policies for economic and social development, restructuring China’s economic system and guiding private investment.

During the meeting, Lingle invited Xu and the China Academy of Engineering to be co-organizers for the 2010 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo.

Xu agreed to co-sponsor next year’s summit and to have a specific “China-focus.” Zhou Fengqi spoke at the recent Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo that was held in Hawaii in September 2009.

While in Hong Kong, Lingle participated in discussions with Secretary for the Environment, Edward Yao. Lau is responsible for Hong Kong’s clean energy portfolio.

Lingle and Lau spoke of a potential link between Hawaii and Hong Kong as mutual “test-beds” for the integration of renewable energy and achievement of high levels of energy efficiency.

The governor invited Hong Kong to participate in the 2010 Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Yao reciprocated by inviting the State of Hawaii and Hawaii companies to participate in its Green Tech Exposition.

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