The United States officially joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (“IRENA”) last week, increasing the number of countries participating in the organization to 136, including several African countries, the Middle East, Europe, Australia, Greenland, India, Japan, and parts of South America. The new agency will engage governments in making a rapid transition toward using renewable energy in their respective countries.

The United States is also expanding its international efforts north of the border. Last week, DOE hosted the first U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue Roundtable, with clean energy leaders from private industry and from the U.S. and Canadian governments present, to discuss how the two nations can work together to develop clean energy technologies and combat climate change. Specific areas for further bilateral cooperation under the Clean Energy Dialogue include renewable and energy efficiency technologies, carbon capture and sequestration, and smart grid technologies.