Special Feature
November 9, 2010
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USTDA Launches U.S.-Indonesia Geothermal Development Initiative
USTDA Launches U.S.-Indonesia Geothermal Development Initiative

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – President Obama's visit this week to Indonesia reinforces the importance of commercial cooperation as part of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership. To further this commercial relationship, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) launched the U.S.-Indonesia Geothermal Development Initiative and is supporting the Breathe Easy, Jakarta air quality initiative. USTDA's support of these programs also recognizes the strategic importance Indonesia plays under the U.S. National Export Initiative.

Launched in March 2010, the U.S.-Indonesia Geothermal Development Initiative is designed to assist Indonesia expand its geothermal power resources, estimated to account for 40 percent of the world's geothermal reserves, or approximately 27,000 megawatts of power. By connecting U.S. energy companies and their technology to leaders in Indonesia's power sector, the Initiative will better position U.S. companies to provide technology solutions in new geothermal power projects.

USTDA's support includes funding for a 300MW public-private geothermal project in West Java, a 370MW private sector geothermal project in Halmahera and a training program and reverse trade mission to strengthen the capacity of Indonesian provincial government authorities to develop geothermal energy resources. U.S. companies Raser Technologies and AECOM USA are conducting the feasibility study work for the two geothermal projects, in collaboration with PT Indonesia Power and PT Star Energy Geothermal Halmahera, respectively.

The training program, taking place in Indonesia from January 11 to February 12, 2011, will encourage closer cooperation with U.S. industry as Indonesia continues to develop its geothermal resources. Following the training, in March 2011 USTDA will host a 10-day reverse trade mission that will bring a group of Indonesian energy officials to the United States to meet with U.S. companies that are leaders in geothermal energy development.

"Supporting the U.S.-Indonesia Geothermal Development Initiative underscores the U.S. commitment to helping Indonesia meet growing energy demands while identifying solutions that help to minimize greenhouse gas emissions," said USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak. "USTDA's funding is designed to encourage greater U.S. industry participation in Indonesia's clean energy development, creating green jobs in the United States."

Additionally, USTDA is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Jakarta Provincial Government (DKI Jakarta) under the Breath Easy, Jakarta program, an initiative that will help to improve the air quality in the Jakarta metropolitan area. Sullivan Environmental Consulting is conducting a feasibility study, under USTDA's grant funding, which will identify appropriate air-quality monitoring equipmpent to assess the impact of pollution generated by transportation, domestic and industrial sectors in Jakarta. This work will help launch the Program, a new partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and DKI Jakarta, modeled on U.S. EPA's Breathe Easy program active in many U.S. air basins. USTDA funding and involvement will help introduce competitive U.S. goods and services into this growing environmental market, and demonstrate coordinated USG efforts to support U.S. and Indonesian priorities.

By working together across agency and international boundaries, we are bringing together U.S. services and technologies to help Indonesia curb its air emissions," said Director Zak. "USTDA is pleased to serve as a bridge between U.S. company technologies and ingenuity and the achievement of Indonesian environmental initiatives."

For information about the Geothermal Training Program, please visit USTDA's website.

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

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