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Representatives from EMCALI, USTDA & Innovari at the signing ceremony.

USTDA Supports Grid Optimization Technologies in Colombia


BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA – Today, USTDA awarded a feasibility study grant to Empresas Municipales de Cali E.I.C.E. E.S.P. (EMCALI) to support the implementation of a one megawatt (MW) demand side management pilot project for EMCALI's distribution system. EMCALI is a multi-sector utility owned by the Municipality of Cali, a city of 2.6 million people located in the Valle del Cauca department of Colombia.

EMCALI has selected U.S. firm Innovari, Inc. (Austin, TX) to carry out the pilot project and feasibility study, which seeks to demonstrate that the 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. The study will examine the technical, economic and financial feasibility of deploying Innovari's Interactive Energy Solution™ throughout EMCALI's distribution system, which is considered capable of supporting more than 25 MW of load management.

The project follows a technical assistance activity with XM, the system operator and market administrator of the Colombian power grid, to support its efforts to develop an Intelligent Supervision and Advanced Control System. The grant was signed during the U.S.-Colombia Smart Grid Workshop by USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak and General Manager Oscar Pardo of EMCALI.

"We are pleased to partner with EMCALI on this activity to improve grid efficiency and load control in Colombia," Director Zak stated. "This project is expected to provide Cali's population with greater access to reliable electric power."

Along with local smart grid industry coalition Colombia Inteligente, USTDA sponsored the Smart Grid Workshop, which concludes today in Bogotá, to foster U.S.-Colombian partnerships for state-of-the art electricity transmission and distribution projects throughout the country. The Workshop brought together high-level U.S. and Colombian power sector stakeholders to discuss Colombia's smart grid projects and initiatives, as well as the U.S. technologies and regulatory frameworks, standards and financing mechanisms available to support them.

Anna Humphrey at (703) 875-4357