Energy sector development in developing and middle-income countries is a strategic priority for USTDA. The agency works closely with the U.S. private sector to identify and support activities that generate measurable commercial and developmental results across a wide range of activities, including diversification of energy sources and development of clean, renewable and alternative fuels. USTDA also focuses on deploying commercially viable U.S. technologies that promote energy efficiency; power generation, transmission, and distribution; transport to market of new oil and gas reserves; and refining capacity and quality.
The following is an illustrative list of USTDA-supported projects:
Turkey Germencik Geothermal Plant
Based on the results of a USTDA-funded feasibility study, the largest privately owned geothermal facility in Turkey became operational in May 2009. The 47.5 MW plant was built in the Aydin-Germencik geothermal field by the Gurmat Energy Investment and Trade Company, a private Turkish company. Over $23 million in U.S. exports of goods and services were utilized during construction of the energy facility. Germencik is providing Turkey with an important renewable energy source to further the country's economic growth, and has provided job opportunities for local Turkish people in the construction and operation of the plant and in infrastructure improvement in the surrounding area.
Columbia 20 MW Waste-to-Energy Plant at El Guacal Landfill
USTDA funded a feasibility study grant for a 20 MW waste-to-energy (WTE) plant near the city of Medellín in the Colombian department of Antioquia. The proposed plant addresses one of the most pressing challenges for the Colombian government: improving sustainable waste management for municipal solid waste. Project implementation will also reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and emissions of greenhouse gases by preventing methane emissions from solid waste and decreasing the need for energy produced by conventional coal and natural gas-powered plants.
Southern Africa Solar Power Reverse Trade Mission
In order to foster the implementation of solar power projects in Southern Africa and facilitate the participation of U.S. companies in the region's solar power sector, USTDA sponsored a reverse trade mission (RTM) to the United States for thirteen delegates from Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa to learn about U.S. solar energy technologies that can make use of Southern Africa's high potential for solar power generation. The Southern African delegation attended the Solar Power International Exposition in Los Angeles, and also visited with U.S. public and private sector representatives in Washington, DC and Golden, CO to discuss project financing and investment and available U.S. solar technologies and services.
Mexico Baja California Wind Power
The State Government of Baja California is committed to developing its renewable energy resources to meet its growing energy needs. USTDA funded a feasibility study grant for the Baja California Wind PPA Project to help design a 100 MW wind power generation project to supply renewable power to state government office buildings and facilities. The study enabled the State Government of Baja California to assess available wind resources, verify the power demand profile of state government office buildings and facilities, and draft legal documents related to project implementation.
Philippines First Gen Cabadbaran Run-of-River Hydroelectric Project
Electricity demand in the Philippines has nearly doubled between 2004 and 2012, and smaller, alternative energy projects are increasingly being developed to meet this demand. In response, USTDA funded a feasibility study to support First Gen Mindanao Hydropower Corporation, a subsidiary of a leading energy company in the Philippines, in its efforts to build a 14-20 MW run-of-river hydroelectric power plant on the island of Mindanao. If implemented, the project will improve electricity availability and system reliability for up to 28,500 households in the plant's region.