USTDA Supports Smart Grid Deployment in Brazil

Arlington, VA – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to the Brazilian Association of Electricity Distributors (ABRADEE) for technical assistance to enable large-scale smart grid deployment throughout Brazil.

“USTDA’s assistance will support ABRADEE’s efforts to create an enabling environment for smart grid technologies. Ultimately, this effort will help transform how electricity is distributed to the majority of Brazil’s consumers,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Acting Director. “Our support for this activity reflects USTDA’s commitment to advancing smart and sustainable energy solutions in Brazil, in partnership with U.S. industry.”  

USTDA’s technical assistance will assess public policy and economic regulation models to facilitate investments and encourage the modernization of electricity distribution networks across the country. ABRADEE members represent 41 private and public electric distribution companies in Brazil, operating in all regions of the country, and serving 99.8% of Brazilian consumers.

ABRADEE President, Marcos Madureira, said: “USTDA’s grant will provide Brazilian electricity distributors an opportunity to collaborate with U.S. industry and observe how the United States has developed smart grids and regulatory best practices. This will allow us to anticipate potential challenges and identify solutions that will work for Brazil.”

This technical assistance supports the international climate and economic cooperation priorities of the U.S. government, including USTDA’s Global Partnership for Climate-Smart Infrastructure and the U.S.-Brazil Energy Forum.

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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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