Partner Agencies - The TPCC RE&EE Working Group

Export.gov/REEE is the U.S. Government’s export promotion and finance portal for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE&EE) exporters. The Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC) RE&EE Working Group designed this portal to deliver critical export information and services from across the U.S. Government to small and medium-sized U.S. RE&EE companies to begin or expand their exporting business. You can contact the TPCC RE&EE Working Group by emailing reee@trade.gov.

Federal export assistance for U.S. RE&EE companies is delivered by many U.S. Government Agencies who are members of the TPCC RE&EE Working Group. To learn more about these various agencies, we have provided you the following list.

International Trade Administration

Department of Energy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Export-Import Bank

Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)

Agency for International Development (USAID)

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Small Business Administration

Department of State

U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

United States Trade Representative

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International Trade Administration

The Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) is the lead trade-promotion agency of the U.S. government. ITA provides practical information to help businesses select markets and products, ensures that companies have access to international markets as required by U.S. trade agreements, and safeguards businesses from unfair competition because of dumped and subsidized imports. ITA houses four business units that help exporters. The U.S Commercial Service provides a point of contact for companies in 109 cities around the country and in more than 80 countries around the world to help U.S. companies enter and expand in foreign markets. The Manufacturing and Services unit provides industry specialists, including RE&EE specialists, that can identify trade opportunities for specific products or services. The Market Access and Compliance unit helps keep world markets open to U.S. products with a team of country specialists. The Import Administration identifies and pursues foreign unfair subsidies practices that impede U.S. exporters’ access to foreign markets.

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Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy seeks to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to develop technologies to mitigate the effects of climate change and to enable adaptation; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. The Department of Energy works directly with foreign governments and institutions to promote dissemination of RE&EE technologies, with programs directed to international research and development, technical assistance and training, policy support, and market development assistance. The Department of Energy also cochairs the TPCC Working Group on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency with the Department of Commerce.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for implementing the environmental policy of the United States. The EPA is involved in a variety of international activities that support the deployment of RE&EE technologies, including a partnership with USAID that funds the U.S. Climate Technology Cooperative Gateway, a Web site with almost 1,000 resources on climate-friendly technologies (www.usctcgateway.gov). Additional EPA programs include technical support to the government of China to develop a voluntary energy efficiency–labeling program similar to Energy Star and the Wind Technology Partnership to accelerate the development and use of grid-connected wind power in China.

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Export-Import Bank

The Export–Import Bank of the United States (Ex–Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex–Im Bank assists in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets by providing export financing products that fill gaps in trade financing and assuming credit and country risks that the private sector is unable or unwilling to accept. Ex–Im Bank has special provisions aimed at leveling the playing field for U.S. exporters by matching the financing that other governments provide to their exporters. Ex–Im Bank provides working capital guarantees (preexport financing), export credit insurance, loan guarantees, direct loans (buyer financing), and project and structured finance. The bank works in more than 150 countries and operates on a self-sustaining basis.

Ex–Im Bank programs that provide special support for RE&EE include the following:

  • Solar Express Initiative: Launched in April 2010, Solar Express provides streamlined project financing to small solar-power producers that meet Ex–Im Bank’s credit standards. Under the initiative, the bank will consider project financing for small solar-power producers seeking loans of at least $3 million but no more than $10 million.
  • Carbon Policy: Approved in November 2009, Ex–Im Bank’s new Carbon Policy includes the establishment of a $250 million renewable energy facility, the adoption of new measures to support exports that contribute to substantial increases in energy efficiency, and a commitment to further improve the tracking and reporting of carbon dioxide emissions from Ex–Im Bank supported projects.

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Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) works to improve foreign market access for U.S. products, build new markets, improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace, and provide food aid and technical assistance to foreign countries.

FAS has the primary responsibility for USDA’s international activities—market development, trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection and analysis of statistics and market information. Through its services, FAS also administers USDA’s export credit guarantee and food aid programs, and helps increase income and food availability in developing nations by mobilizing expertise for agriculturally led economic growth.

FAS also enhances U.S. agriculture’s competitiveness by providing linkages to global resources and international organizations.

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Agency for International Development (USAID)

Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting:

  • economic growth, agriculture and trade;
  • global health; and,
  • democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.

Recognizing the additional pressures a changing climate will put on poor countries, USAID is focusing on the development of new and innovative approaches to delivering and deploying clean energy technologies, specifically through piloting new business models, applying renewable energy applications, financing approaches, and forming public-private partnerships.

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The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) helps U.S. businesses invest overseas, fosters economic development in new and emerging markets, complements the private sector in managing risks associated with foreign direct investment, and supports U.S. foreign policy. OPIC financing provides medium- to long-term funding through direct loans and loan guarantees to eligible investment projects in developing countries and emerging markets. By complementing the private sector, OPIC can provide financing in countries where conventional financial institutions often are reluctant or unable to lend on such a basis.

OPIC insurance is available to U.S. investors, contractors, exporters, and financial institutions involved in international transactions. Political risk insurance can cover currency inconvertibility, expropriation, and political violence, and it is available for investments in new ventures, expansions of existing enterprises, privatizations, and acquisitions with positive developmental benefits. OPIC works in more than 150 emerging markets and transitioning economies and operates on a self-sustaining basis by supporting commercially viable projects on commercial terms.

Renewable energy and clean energy project funding are priority areas for OPIC. Activities include the following:

  • A dedicated renewable energy and sustainable development finance team, which offers innovative financing structures for energy efficiency and leasing of U.S. equipment.
  • Political risk insurance tailored for renewable energy and clean energy projects.
  • Approval of more than $505 million to support up to six new global renewable energy investment funds and plans to support additional funds seeking to deploy equity capital in the sector.
  • A new carbon policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the OPIC project portfolio by 50 percent over a 15-year period.

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Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses in the United States and overseas. SBA offers a variety of financing options for small businesses, typically in the form of loan guarantees. SBA also provides counseling, training, business guidance, and support to small businesses for domestic and export activities. SBA offers three specialized loan guarantee programs to help provide export financing: the Export Express Program, the Export Working Capital Loan Program, and the International Trade Loan Program.

SBA maintains a network of Export Assistance Centers located in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States, which serve as one-stop shops for small and medium-sized enterprises in local markets. Moreover, SBA maintains an export library, information on upcoming trade missions and events, and a trade links database that provides basic exporter information.

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Department of State

The U.S. Department of State advances U.S. objectives and interests in the world by developing and implementing the president’s foreign policy agenda. The Department of State is the lead U.S. agency in implementing the international components of policies to address climate change and to foster sustainable development. The Department of State undertakes a range of activities to promote the international deployment of RE&EE technologies, including the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, the U.S.–China Energy Cooperation Program, and the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, as well as the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate.

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U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)'s mission is to advance economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. To this end, the agency funds various forms of technical assistance, investment analysis, training, orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.

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United States Trade Representative

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is a Cabinet member who serves as the President’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues. USTR coordinates trade policy, resolves disagreements, and frames issues for presidential decision. USTR negotiates free trade agreements and Trade and Investment Framework Agreements that help to open foreign markets to U.S. exports. USTR's Office of Environment and Natural Resources has broad responsibilities to leverage trade negotiations and relationships to pursue environmental goals, including the reduction of trade barriers facing the RE&EE efficiency industries.