For over three decades, USTDA has worked with project sponsors in Latin America and the Caribbean to implement priority infrastructure projects across key sectors. USTDA’s partnerships with U.S. industry and regional project sponsors lead to sustainable development as well as open markets for U.S. businesses.
Catalyzing Clean Energy Finance: USTDA is a leader of the Clean Energy Finance Facility for the Caribbean and Central America (CEFF-CCA), which mobilizes U.S. government expertise and resources in order to advance clean energy projects across the region. Under the Facility, USTDA leverages its project preparation expertise and early-stage funding to support activities that encourage investment in clean energy.
In support of CEFF-CCA, USTDA is providing grants to electricity utilities in Costa Rica and Jamaica to help install networked LED street lights. The LED lighting will improve the quality and reliability of public street lighting while also reducing operation and maintenance costs.
Deploying Energy Storage Systems: USTDA is sponsoring a feasibility study to help Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. (ISA), a multinational energy transmission and distribution company, assess the development of large-scale energy storage systems in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. The study will develop business plans for the provision of battery storage facilities to improve grid reliability and support new renewable energy generation.
Developing a LNG Terminal at the Panama Canal: As Panama seeks to diversify its energy supply, USTDA is working with the Panama Canal Authority to determine the viability of building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. The study is also exploring alternative uses of LNG, including as a fuel source for tugboats, dredges and vessels traveling through the Canal.
Building Security and Customs Facilities for Colombian Ports: As a resuLT of a USTDA-funded feasibility study for Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena (SPRC), the operator of the Ports of Cartagena and Contecar, SPRC received approval from the Colombian Government to establish a combined customs and security station. By utilizing U.S. equipment and technology, the facility has expanded Colombia’s container capacity, improved security and facilitated trade.
Connecting the U.S. and Brazilian Aviation Sectors: The U.S.-Brazil Aviation Partnership is a public-private platform for both countries to collaborate in areas such as airport expansion and air traffic flow management, as well as aviation safety and security.
Expanding Wireless Broadband in Brazil: USTDA is partnering with Prodepa, the state information technology company in Pará, Brazil, to develop a roadmap and implementation plan for expanding the state’s fiber and wireless broadband networks. Prodepa aims to increase connectivity levels and to improve the capabilities of public services.