USEA has served as the U.S. Secretariat for the U.S. - India Industry and Regulatory Gas Task Force (GTF) since 2018 under the U.S. - India Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP).
As Secretariat, USEA works with U.S. Department of Energy, the Government of India, and industry leaders from both countries to expand the use of natural gas in India and support U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to India.
The GTF supports the U.S. Government and the Government of India through three subcommittees focused on strategic areas where the U.S. industry has unique expertise:
- Natural Gas Markets and Regulations
- Natural Gas Grid Strengthening
- Stimulating Natural Gas Demand Growth
Through GTF and SEP, India seeks to meet its target of increasing natural gas from 6% to 15% of its primary energy supply by 2030. Increasing natural gas use in India will help energy diversity, improve air quality, and improve electric system performance. As India moves to meet its renewable energy generation targets, flexible natural gas-fired power plants can provide critical balancing services to improve grid stability. Making natural gas available in other sectors of the economy - industry, agriculture, transportation, and residential - can reduce hazardous emissions, with positive health benefits, and potentially lower energy costs for consumers.
Increased Indian demand for natural gas can promote bilateral trade between the U.S. and India as U.S. LNG exports help India meet its energy needs. Several GTF members have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) for commercial and technical cooperation in liquefied natural gas development. The GTF has produced white papers on policy and commercial frameworks for successful development of a natural gas-based economy.