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March 2014

USTDA Launches Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Program

U.S. Trade and Development Agency joined the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the U.S. Department of State to officially launch the Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Program (ACEP). As part of ACEP, OPIC personnel will co-locate with USTDA's regional office at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok to facilitate investment in – and U.S. exports for – energy projects in the region. [March 2014]

February 2014

USTDA Supports Grid Optimization Technologies in Colombia

As a result of a feasibility study grant awarded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Austin-based Innovari, Inc. was selected to demonstrate that EMCALI, a Columbian utility, can use at least a one megawatt intelligent, dynamic load management system to manage peak demand and more efficiently utilize its generation, transmission and distribution resources. [February 2014]

USITC Votes To Continue Cases on Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From China And Taiwan

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from China that are allegedly subsidized and from China and Taiwan that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value. [February 2014]

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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 such as solar water heaters, wind turbines, and catalytic converters. [January 2014]

USTDA Promotes Smart Grid Implementation in Manila

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]

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

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

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December 2013

OPIC Financing for Chile Hydro Plant

A 531 MW run-of-river hydroelectric power plant to be built in Chile received a structured project finance loan from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). The power plant will be a key generation facility for Santiago and reduce electricity costs, as well as greenhouse gas emissions, in a country that has become increasingly reliant on coal and diesel generation plants. [December 2013]

DOE tax credits for clean energy manufacturing

Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to continue America’s leadership in clean energy innovation, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $150 million in clean energy tax credits for 12 businesses to build U.S. capabilities in clean energy manufacturing. The awards will support thousands of new manufacturing jobs in nine states and dozens of supply chains throughout the United States. [December 2013]

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