RE&EE Newsletter December 2013

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Exporters' Update


December 2013  •  Volume 3: Issue 12


Webinar: Energy Sector Opportunities in Senegal
December 4, 2013 – 11:00AM EST

Senegal has developed ambitious plans to increase energy supply from 580 MW at present to more than 1500 MW in 2017. At the same time, the government is turning to renewable, coal, and LNG energy projects to diversify energy sources and lower energy costs. As major U.S. energy firms expand their business in Senegal, this teleconference will offer a forum to discuss the opportunities and challenges involved in Senegal’s energy sector. Ambassador Lukens will host the call, which will be followed by an interactive discussion of energy sector challenges and opportunities in Senegal. Deadline for RSVPs is Monday, December 2.


Webinar: Opportunities in Kenya’s Energy and Power Generation Sectors
December 5, 2013 – 10:00AM EST

As the largest and among the most rapidly growing East African economies, Kenya offers many attractive investment opportunities for U.S. companies and for the energy sector in particular. This teleconference will focus on doing business in Kenya and on opportunities for U.S. firms, particularly in the energy sector. Ambassador Godec will host the call and provide an introduction, which will be followed by an interactive question and answer session. The Ambassador will be joined by USAID Director Karen Freeman, Econ Counselor David Renz, Francis “Chip” Peters (FCS), and Mike Carrato (USAID). Deadline for RSVPs is Monday, December 2.


U.S.-China Legal Exchange
December 4, 2013 – Washington, DC
December 6, 2013 – Orange County, CA
December 9, 2013 – Boston, MA

This month, the U.S. Department of Commerce and China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) will co-host the 18th U.S.-China Legal Exchange, a unique forum that allows the U.S. business, legal, and academic communities across the country to hear directly from Chinese officials about new and important developments in China’s commercial legal and regulatory landscape.


US-Turkey Smart Grid Technical Workshop
December 10, 2013 - Istanbul, Turkey

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is sponsoring a one-day technical workshop as a follow-on activity to the successful USTDA workshop organized last February in Istanbul, Turkey. Participating delegates will represent public and private sector stakeholders responsible for the Turkish power sector's future development, including the 21 electricity distribution companies in Turkey, the Ministry of Energy, and the energy regulator EMRA.  This is an excellent business development opportunity for U.S. companies as the Turkish electricity distribution companies will be spending more than $5 billion through 2015.  


Webinar: Opportunities in Japan’s Clean Tech Sector
December 17, 2013 - 6:00PM EST

Opportunities in Japan's clean tech market continue to grow. This webinar will highlight some of the growth areas as well as discuss the upcoming World Smart Energy Week, Japan's premier clean technologies trade show.  The webinar fee is $25 and the deadline to register is December 13.


International Buyers’ Program: DistribuTECH
January 28-30, 2014 – San Antonio, TX

If your company is exhibiting at DistribuTECH, join the Department of Commerce's International Buyer Program, which includes a B2B Matchmaking Program, a ShowTime Program, and  Country Briefings on Smart Grid Opportunities in Overseas Markets.


U.S. - Colombia Smart Grid Workshop
February 11-12, 2014 - Bogotá, Colombia

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is sponsoring a two-day workshop to foster U.S. – Colombian partnerships for state-of-the-art electricity transmission and distribution projects throughout the country in cooperation with Colombia Inteligente (Smart Colombia), an industry coalition established to coordinate the implementation of smart grid technology. The event will highlight Colombia’s smart grid projects and initiatives, U.S. technologies and the regulatory frameworks, standards, and financing mechanisms available to support them. The workshop agenda will also focus on the applicability of demand response programs in Colombia.


Mexico WindPower 2014
February 26-27, 2014 - Mexico City, Mexico 

This leading conference and showcase focusing on the wind energy sector and policy in Mexico has a direct impact on the planning, organization and operation of Mexico's National Wind Energy program. This forum brings together the main participants in the renewable energy industry including manufacturers, developers, regulators, researchers and suppliers of financial and technical services. A top-level conference and exposition, this event will enhance the discussion on the national agenda for the development of Mexico’s wind potential. All interested parties are invited to participate. Early registration deadline is December 31, 2013.

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Manufacturing Council Seeking New Members

The Manufacturing Council serves as the principal private sector advisory committee to the Secretary of Commerce on the United States manufacturing sector.  The Department of Commerce is currently accepting applications for five vacant positions on the Council for the current member appointment terms that run through November 30, 2014. Applications for immediate consideration must be received by December 6, 2013. [November 2013]


EDA Announces Federal Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) published its FY 2014 Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) on Under this FFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs.  Development priorities include Global Competitiveness Projects that support high-growth businesses and innovation-based entrepreneurs to expand and compete in global markets, especially investments that expand U.S. exports, encourage foreign direct investment, and promote the repatriation of jobs back to the United States. [November 2013]

SunEdison Announces R1.8 Billion In Funding for 66 MW Boshof Solar Park

Leading global solar energy services and technology provider SunEdison (NYSE:SUNE) today announced it had secured R1.8 billion (US$185 million) in foreign debt funding from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). This amounts to 75% of the R2.4 billion project cost for the Boshof Solar Park Project, located in South Africa’s Free State province. Electricity generated by Boshof, with an installed capacity of 60MW AC, will feed into the South African grid, under the terms of a 20-year power purchase and implementation agreement signed with national power utility Eskom and the Department of Energy. The plant is scheduled to begin generating electricity in the fourth quarter of 2014. [November 2013]


SunEdison, IFC and OPIC close US$100.4MM Project Financing Arrangement for the Largest Merchant Solar Plant in Latin America

SunEdison, Inc., a leading worldwide solar energy services provider today announced the closing of a $100.4 million non-recourse debt financing arrangement with the OPIC and IFC. The debt proceeds will be used in Chile for the construction of a 50.7 MWp solar power plant, to inject energy directly into the Central Interconnected System, selling all its production in the spot market (merchant solar). Interconnection of the plant is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2014. Once completed the project, called "San Andrés" and located in the Atacama region, is set to become the largest solar photovoltaic merchant plant in Latin America in 2014 and one of the largest in the world. [November 2013]

Ex-Im Bank Approves $61.1 Million for Export of U.S.-Made Wind-Turbine Generators to Costa Rica

The Export-Import Bank of the United States has approved a $61.1 million direct loan to Inversiones Eolicas de Orosi Dos S.A., a subsidiary of the leading Central American wind-generation company Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy, for the purchase of wind-turbine generators manufactured by Gamesa in Fairless Hills, Pa. The authorization, which represents Ex-Im Bank's first wind transaction in Costa Rica and fourth utility-scale wind project overall, will support approximately 200 U.S. jobs, according to bank estimates derived from Departments of Commerce and Labor data and methodology. [November 2013]   


USTDA Director Named 2013 Smart Grid Pioneer

The Honorable Leocadia I. Zak, Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, has been named one of 50 Smart Grid Pioneers in 2013 by Smart Grid Today, a leading trade publication that delivers comprehensive daily reporting on emerging trends, applications and policies driving the modern utility industry. Director Zak, who joins a prestigious list of industry leaders, entrepreneurs, utility executives and regulators, was recognized for leading USTDA's extensive efforts to promote smart grid deployment in emerging economies around the world. [November 2013]

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Market Research

Renewable Energy Market in Thailand Briefing (web) - USCS, November 2013

U.S. Africa Clean Energy Finance (ACEF) Initiative (web) – USTDA, October 2013

Spain’s Bioethanol Standing Report (pdf) – USDA, November 2013

Brazil Biofuels Annual Report 2013 (pdf) – USDA, November 2013

The Market for Wood Pellets in Denmark (pdf) – USDA, November 2013

South Africa Looks to Develop Domestic Biofuels Production (pdf) – USDA, November 2013

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Trade Leads

Kenya: Geothermal Power Plant Supply (pdf) – November 2013

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