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These news items are aggregated from the U.S. Government trade agencies. For older news items, please visit the agencies’ web sites directly.

May 2014

USTDA Director Announces New Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency concluded their participation in the U.S.-Africa Energy Ministerial, with the announcement of two new projects that will replace diesel generation with energy efficient, environmentally friendly solutions. These projects, for solar photovoltaic and fuel cell technologies, are being funded under the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative, an innovative U.S. government effort to catalyze private sector investment for clean energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting early-stage project development.

April 2014

USTDA Supports Development of Solar Power Plant in Tanzania

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to NextGen Solawazi Limited to support the implementation of a 5 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant in Kigoma, Tanzania.  The project advances the goals of Power Africa, a U.S. government-led initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years. [April 2014]

March 2014

USTDA Launches Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Program

U.S. Trade and Development Agency joined the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the U.S. Department of State to officially launch the Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Program (ACEP). As part of ACEP, OPIC personnel will co-locate with USTDA's regional office at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok to facilitate investment in – and U.S. exports for – energy projects in the region. [March 2014]

OPIC Approves Commitment to Negev Solar Power Plant

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) today approved a $250 million loan to Negev Energy-Ashalim Thermo-Solar, Ltd. to support construction of a 110-megawatt concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Israel’s Negev Desert. [March 2014]

Ex-Im Bank-backed Orosi Project Wins Latin American Wind Deal of the Year 2013

The Inversiones Eolicas de Orosi Dos S.A. (Orosi) Wind Project, a 50-megawatt wind farm in Costa Rica received the Latin American Wind Deal of the Year 2013 from Project Finance Magazine. The authorization will support approximately 200 U.S. jobs, according to Bank estimates derived from Departments of Commerce and Labor data and methodology. [March 2014]

USTDA Launches Trade Talk Series with Smart Grid Forum

On February 28, 2014, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency hosted "Trade Talk: Smart Grid," the first in a series of sector-specific Trade Talks at USTDA's headquarters in Arlington, VA.  Over 150 participants attended in person or via webinar to learn more about USTDA's efforts to support grid modernization efforts in developing and middle-income countries. Click here for an official summary [PDF] of the event outcomes and industry recommendations. [March 2014]

Ex-Im Bank Signs $1 Billion MOU with Philippine Department of Energy

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and the Department of Energy (DOE) of the Republic of the Philippines, signed a $1 billion agreement which targets renewable-energy and LNG projects in the hopes of upgrading and expanding the Philippine energy supply in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda. [March 2014]

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February 2014

USTDA Supports Grid Optimization Technologies in Colombia

As a result of a feasibility study grant awarded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Austin-based Innovari, Inc. was selected to demonstrate that EMCALI, a Columbian utility, can use at least a one megawatt intelligent, dynamic load management system to manage peak demand and more efficiently utilize its generation, transmission and distribution resources. [February 2014]

USITC Votes To Continue Cases on Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From China And Taiwan

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from China that are allegedly subsidized and from China and Taiwan that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value. [February 2014]

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January 2014

USTR and Trade Ministers Plan WTO Negotiations on Environmental Goods

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the launch of a new initiative led by a group of World Trade Organization (WTO) Members to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods such as solar water heaters, wind turbines, and catalytic converters. [January 2014]

USTDA Promotes Smart Grid Implementation in Manila

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), the largest power distribution utility in the Philippines, to modernize its distribution systems and develop a smart grid design. The feasibility study will include a pilot project for a demand response system, allowing MERALCO to balance the grid by integrating control systems and communications infrastructure into its network. [January 2014]

Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations Related to Solar Imports from China and Taiwan

The Department of Commerce announced the initiation of antidumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from the People’s Republic of China (China) and Taiwan and a countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from China. [January 2014]

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December 2013

OPIC Financing for Chile Hydro Plant

A 531 MW run-of-river hydroelectric power plant to be built in Chile received a structured project finance loan from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). The power plant will be a key generation facility for Santiago and reduce electricity costs, as well as greenhouse gas emissions, in a country that has become increasingly reliant on coal and diesel generation plants. [December 2013]

DOE tax credits for clean energy manufacturing

Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to continue America’s leadership in clean energy innovation, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $150 million in clean energy tax credits for 12 businesses to build U.S. capabilities in clean energy manufacturing. The awards will support thousands of new manufacturing jobs in nine states and dozens of supply chains throughout the United States. [December 2013]

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