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AGREEMENT ON COOPERATION
THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION
THE CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
JIANGSU PROVINCIAL ECONOMIC AND TRADE COMMISSION
The California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, and the Jiangsu Provincial Economic and Trade Commission (hereinafter referred to as "the Parties"):
Recognizing that the State of California and Jiangsu Province are friendship states and have signed a friendship agreement to further mutual understanding and strengthen friendly relations, enhance international trade and commerce, and facilitate the exchange of culture, education, science and technology;
Recognizing that economic growth and environmental protection are compatible and mutually reinforcing, and that sustainable energy and environmental policies are central elements of government action to encourage investment in the latest, most energy efficient, and environmentally sensitive technologies;
Recognizing that well-established demand-side management (DSM) policy and implementation programs have proven to be a cost effective means in the United States and other countries to promote environmentally sensitive energy resources while satisfying the growing consumer demand for electric power, enhancing air quality, and reducing the need for new generation plants;
Recognizing California's success in reducing per capita electricity usage through DSM policies and integrated resource planning and procurement in the electric utilities sector; and in promoting distributed generation and renewable energy technologies;
Recognizing the leadership of Jiangsu Province in promoting energy efficiency as the least-cost option for meeting increased electricity demand, and developing pilot end-use DSM programs that can serve as models for the rest of China;
Noting that effective cooperation in energy efficiency involves: planning and analysis; laws and regulations; DSM policy and program design, funding and implementation; evaluation, measurement and verification; and research and development activities; and also coordination among those responsible for such activities in the government, industry, energy service, non-profit and academic sectors; and further
Noting the important role each Party has in coordinating energy savings policy,
Have agreed to cooperate as follows:
The purpose of this Agreement is to facilitate and establish cooperative activities to advance the common interests of the Parties and their industries in DSM and renewable energy policy and implementation, help remove market barriers and open up China's market for clean and energy efficient technologies and products.
Facilitating such cooperation will entail coordination with government agencies, utilities, private companies, non-profit organizations, energy service companies, public-private partnerships, research institutes, industrial associations, technical organizations, and provincial and municipal governments responsible for the successful conduct of the various phases of energy efficiency activities.
AREAS OF COOPERATION
The areas of cooperation under this Agreement may include exchange of information, experience and best practices; training of personnel and capacity building; and technical support in the following areas:
1) Legal and regulatory requirements, policies, and funding and incentive mechanisms related to DSM;
2) DSM program design, administration, implementation, measurement, results assessment and evaluation;
3) Energy efficient technologies and products;
4) Development of clean and renewable energy; and
5) Such other areas of cooperation that are beneficial and mutually agreed upon by the Parties.
FORMS OF COOPERATION
The forms of cooperation under this Agreement may include the following:
1) Establishment of working groups for planning and implementation of joint studies and for addressing concrete tasks;
2) Convening of workshops, seminars, and training programs;
3) Exchanges of technical and policy specialists;
4) Exchanges of appropriate information, documentation, best practices, and results of research;
5) Fostering of cooperative efforts among public and private entities to promote the widespread adoption of energy efficient and clean technologies, products, and services; and
6) Other forms of cooperation as mutually agreed by the Parties.
When it is the mutual intent of the Parties to undertake any additional forms of cooperation, the Parties may conclude separate Implementing Arrangements as an Annex to this Agreement. The Implementing Arrangements determine rules and conditions, such as work plans, cost estimates, potential funding sources, and other intended obligations or conditions not already included in this Agreement, to implement specific activities.
The Parties may invite additional organizations within their own countries to participate, at their own expenses and subject to such terms and conditions as the Parties may specify, in cooperative activities under this Agreement. Such organizations may become signatories to this Agreement upon agreement of all the Parties in writing. Each such additional signatory will sign and date a signature page which shall be attached to this Agreement as an amendment.
Unless otherwise agreed in writing, all costs resulting from cooperation pursuant to this Agreement and any related Annexes shall be the responsibility of the Party incurring the costs. The implementation of this Agreement is subject to the availability of appropriated funds and personnel, and subject to applicable laws and regulations of the countries of the Parties.
ENTRY INTO FORCE, AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION
This Agreement shall enter into force upon signature by all Parties and remain in force for five (5) years. The Agreement may be amended or extended by written agreement of the Parties. At the discretion of each Party, its participation in this Agreement may be terminated upon three (3) months advance notice in writing to the other Parties.
Acknowledged, in duplicate, at Nanjing on ___ August, 2005 in the English and Chinese languages, both texts being equally authentic.
For the State of California For the Jiangsu Province
for the California Public Utilities Commission for the Jiangsu Provincial Economic and Trade Commission
for the California Energy Commission