RE&EE Exporter Update February 2014

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Exporters' Update


February 2014  •  Volume 4: Issue 2


Trade Missions

West Africa Energy Sector

May 18-24, 2014 - Nigeria and Ghana

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead an Energy Business Development Mission to West Africa with stops in Ghana and Nigeria from May 18-23, 2014. This mission will promote U.S. exports to Africa by helping U.S. companies launch or increase their business in the energy sector in West Africa. In renewable energy, opportunities exist for exports of ethanol and ethanol related equipment to Nigeria. The application deadline is March 14.

Opportunities in the Caribbean Region: Trade Mission and Business Development Conference
June 8-12, 2014 - Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, and Trinidad and Tobago 

Following a half-day conference, hold  matchmaking appointments with Dominican companies in the Dominican Republic, and then visit one of the other markets for additional one-on-one business appointments.  The mission is open to U.S. companies from a cross section of industries with growing potential in the Caribbean, but prospects for energy equipment exist in most of the markets.  Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.


Other Events

Webinar: Exploring Opportunities in the European Power Generation Market

February 12, 2014, 12:00PM EST

This FREE webinar by the Department of Commerce will provide an overview of opportunities in Europe’s power industry. What are the market drivers? Who are the key players? Where will we see investment and growth in the coming decade? In addition, learn more about PowerGen Europe.


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. 


Webinar Series: Opportunities in the Caribbean Region

February 13, February 20, and February 27, 2014 

Join the upcoming webinars on the Barbados, Jamaica, and Haiti to determine if the Department of Commerce trade mission to the Caribbean is a good fit for your company. See below for details about the trade mission.  Each webinar has a registration fee of $35.


Webinar: Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa
February 19, 2014, 10AM EST

This webinar by the Department of Commerce will provide an overview of the Power Africa as well as energy opportunities in southern Africa. Featured speakers from U.S. Commercial Service in South Africa, USAID, and USTDA. The webinar fee is $25.

Vietnam Wind Power Workshop

February 20, 2014 - Ho Chi Minh City

This workshop is co-organized by U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) and Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), aiming to leverage U.S. technologies, expertise and  financing advantages to develop wind power in Vietnam and create a foundation for a long-term  cooperation between the United States and Vietnam in energy.

World Smart Energy Week

February 26-28, 2014 - Tokyo, Japan

World Smart Energy Week, certified under the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Fair Certification Program, is focused on renewable energy such as: wind power generation, photovoltaic (PV) power generation, PV systems, and processing technologies; advanced technologies such as fuel cells and rechargeable batteries; energy efficiency solutions such as smart grid; and eco-houses and eco-buildings.

Webinar: Energy Opportunities in West Africa
February 27, 2014, 10AM EST

In preparation for Secretary Pritzker's energy trade mission to Nigeria and Ghana, this webinar will provide an overview of energy opportunities in West Africa. Featured speakers from U.S. Commercial Service, Millennium Challenge Corporation and Ex-Im Bank. The webinar fee is $25.

Trade Talk: Smart Grid - Linking U.S. Businesses to Global Smart Grid Opportunities

February 28, 2014, 12:30-5:00 PM EST - Arlington, VA

Learn how to expand your business in the global electricity transmission and distribution market, which is forecast to reach nearly $500 billion over the next seven years. This event, which you can either join in person or via webinar, will feature briefings from technical experts and U.S. Government officials, as well as industry case studies and an open forum discussion. 


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.


Webinar: Energy Opportunities in East Africa
March 8, 2014, 10AM EST

This final webinar in the Deparment of Commerce's Energy in Africa series highlights energy opportunities in East Africa. Featured speakers from U.S. Commercial Service in Kenya and USAID. The webinar fee is $25.

June 3-5, 2014 - Cologne, Germany

Exhibit at the U.S. Pavilion to minimize your company's costs and maximize the value of your participation at this premier event. Two options are available.


Domestic Events

International Events



USTDA Promotes Smart Grid Implementation in the Philippines

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), the largest power distribution utility in the Philippines, to modernize its distribution systems and develop a smart grid design. The feasibility study will include a pilot project for a demand response system, allowing MERALCO to balance the grid by integrating control systems and communications infrastructure into its network. [January 2014]


USTR and Trade Ministers Plan WTO Negotiations On Environmental Goods

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the launch of a new initiative led by a group of World Trade Organization (WTO) Members to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods including, but not limited to, solar water heaters, wind turbines, and catalytic converters. [January 2014]


Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee to Hold Meeting

The next meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC) will be February 12, 2014. The members of the RE&EEAC will share their final recommendations with the Deputy Secretary of Commerce.


Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations Related to Solar Imports from China

The Department of Commerce announced the initiation of antidumping duty investigations of imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from the People’s Republic of China (China) and Taiwan and a countervailing duty  investigation of imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from China. [January 2014] 


More News



January 2014  - International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) –  "Renewable Energy and Jobs

The first global study of its kind, this IRENA report features new data on employment within the sector, as well as recommendations for policy makers. In 2012, employment in renewable energy worldwide stood at 5.7 million with the potential for adding 11 million jobs in the years to 2030.


Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative


Market Research

Panama Continues Looking for Biofuel Opportunities (pdf) - USDA, January 2014

China Country Analysis Brief  (web page) - Department of Energy, February 2014


More Market Research


Trade Leads

India Smart Grid Test Bed Project - USTDA, Deadline March 17, 2014

More Trade Leads



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