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APEC ENERGY MINISTERS TO MEET IN SAN DIEGO

SAN DIEGO, California, February 17, 2000 (ENS) - The Department of Energy (DOE) will host the 2000 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Ministers Conference, May 10-12 in San Diego. The conference, "Turning Vision Into Reality," will focus on how to implement initiatives that meet the economic and environmental needs of the 21st Century. "This conference will help us find common ground on energy development by finding ways to break down barriers to trade and development," said Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. "The energy sector can become an engine to power economic growth and all people throughout the APEC region can benefit."

The energy program is one of APEC's most active programs. The Energy Ministers Conference will focus on strategies to implement existing policy commitments - such as for natural gas and electricity development and the promotion of energy efficiency - enhance investment in clean and sustainable energy development, strengthen regional markets, and continue the transition to a market oriented business climate. A public-private dialogue at the conference will address issues on investment in clean and sustainable energy development. At a ministers only meeting, members will discuss a clean energy statement and a commitment to accelerate and effectively implement existing policy initiatives for energy infrastructure development. Energy companies from around the APEC region will host exhibits of energy technology and services. This is the first time the DOE has hosted an APEC Energy Ministers meeting. APEC's current members are: Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; People's Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua, New Guinea; Peru; Republic of the Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States and Vietnam.

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