USTDA Expands Climate Portfolio in Ecuador

Arlington, VA – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced that it has provided grant funding to the Electricity Corporation of Ecuador (CELEC EP) for a master plan to advance the digital transformation and modernization of Ecuador’s national electricity transmission system. This assistance will help reduce power losses, improve efficiency, and support the integration of renewable energy into Ecuador’s national grid.

“In emerging economies around the world, USTDA is helping its partners develop reliable and resilient electricity infrastructure,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Director. “Undertaking the digital transformation of Ecuador’s national electricity transmission grid will have a lasting impact and help Ecuador take charge of its clean energy future. U.S. companies are eager to partner with CELEC EP to achieve these goals.”

USTDA’s technical assistance will help facilitate the deployment of smart grid technologies, enhance grid management capabilities, and improve the overall operational efficiency of Ecuador’s national electricity transmission system.

“Due to unexpected and rapid technological advances, electric utilities around the world are facing constant challenges that impact their operations and management,” said Gonzalo Uquillas, General Manager of CELEC EP. “The Electricity Corporation of Ecuador is facing these same challenges and opportunities, and this USTDA assistance will support our digital transformation strategy for the national transmission system.”

This activity advances the goals of USTDA’s Global Partnership for Climate-Smart Infrastructure, which connects U.S. industry to major clean energy and transportation infrastructure projects in emerging markets.

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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 infrastructure projects in emerging economies.  USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

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