USTDA advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, feasibility studies, training, reverse trade missions and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. USTDA's strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment policy and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development.
Since FY 2008, USTDA has invested in over 50 Electricity Transmission & Distribution projects and activities. The following is an illustrative list of USTDA-supported projects:
U.S. - China Smart Grid Technical Exchange Program: USTDA has approved funding for a U.S.-China Smart Grid Technical Assistance Exchange Program to expose Chinese smart grid representatives to U.S. smart grid technologies, best practices, and policies. The Program includes a series of four separate workshops in Chine over a 20-month period, delivered in partnership with China's National Energy Administration, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The goal of the Program is to address issues that prevent smart grid adoption in China, such as renewable grid integration, grid reliability, energy efficiency management, effective cost structures, and regulatory mechanisms.
China Smart Meter Demand Response Pilot: USTDA provided a grant to the State Grid Electric Power Research Institute to fund a feasibility study (FS) on the development of a demand response system for China's electric grid and to assist in the drafting of a national smart grid implementation strategy for China. Developing a smart grid would help to lower electricity costs and usage, providing economic and environmental benefits to communities and households throughout China. Project contractors Honeywell Laboratories and AECOM shared costs of this study.
Latin America and the Caribbean
Brazil Smart Grid Pilot Implementation Strategy: USTDA is funding a Feasibility Study (FS) to assist Cemig Distribucao in determining the technical and financial viability of deploying smart grid pilot projects. The FS includes the implementation of a smart grid strategy and assistance with the deployment of pilot projects. The project will also specify the upgrades and investments that are needed. Accenture, LLP is conducting the study.
Mexico Smart Grid Regulatory Framework: USTDA approved funding for a technical assistance (TA) grant to the Government of Mexico's Comision Reguladora de Energia (CRE) to develop a regulatory framework to support smart grid implementation in Mexico. Like many other developing countries, Mexico's electric grid was designed and installed decades ago with limited monitoring and control capabilities. On a national level, grid losses exceed 12% on average, and grid losses in Mexico City are close to 30%. Given the need to minimize grid losses and improve grid efficiency and reliability, Mexico is an attractive candidate for smart grid development. ESTA International, LLC is the contractor for this assistance.
Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Eurasia
Kazakhstan AZHK Smart Grid Project Feasibility Study: This feasibility study grant allows JSC Alatau Zharyk Company (AZHK) to determine the economic, technical and financial feasibility of an electric power distribution automation smart grid project. This project will allow AZHK to reduce line losses and improve efficiency through implementing modern supervisory control and data acquisition, outage management systems, distribution management systems and smart meters.
Turkey Smart Grid in Electricity Transmission Feasibility Study: USTDA is providing a grant to the Turkish Electricity Transmission Company (TEIAS) to fund a feasibility study to identify gaps in the company's current use of smart grid technology and assist in preparing smart grid implementation guidelines.
South and Southeast Asia
India CESC Smart Grid: USTDA is funding a feasibility study (FS) grant to CESC Ltd. for the implementation of smart grid technologies and practices across their electricity supply and distribution network in Kolkata, India. The study is developing requirements and specifications for a smart grid implementation roadmap for CESC and is addressing a range of improvements and investments including integrating smart meters and automated meter reading into CESC's distribution system. Tetra Tech, Inc. is the contractor for this activity.
Vietnam National Power Transmission Information Technology Roadmap: This USTDA grant is partially funding technical assistance to help develop the National Power Transmission Corporation (NPT) Information Technology and Smart Grid Roadmap in Vietnam. The roadmap will guide NPT's investment decisions to upgrade its electric grid through the implementation of advanced information technology such as smart grid as well as automation and management technology. NPT has identified Tangible International, Inc. to complete the technical assistance.
South Africa Ekurhuleni Smart Metering: This grant to the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality funds a feasibility study that evaluates the technical, financial, environmental and other critical aspects of implementing advanced metering infrastructural in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. The study includes the development of a smart metering implementation roadmap and the design of a smart metering pilot project. The implementation of advanced metering infrastructure in Ekurhuleni will promote increased energy savings for consumers while at the same time improving EMM's operational efficiency, customer service, and electricity supply optimization.
Ghana Eastern Transmission Line Feasibility Study: USTDA is funding a feasibility study (FS) to assist the Ghana Grid Company Limited, Ghana's state-owned power transmission company, in determining the technical and economic viability of reinforcing Ghana's electricity transmission network with a new 62 mile power transmission line between Asiekpe and Kpandu, and a new 143 mile transmission line between Kadjebi and Yendi. This provides an alternate route for northbound transmission in event of failure on the western or central lines and makes the electrification of unserved rural communities more affordable and accessible in the northern and eastern regions of Ghana. Delphos International is conducting the study.
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