Market Research by Sector (By Region)

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Geothermal

Hydro

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Wind

 

Renewable Energy (General)

Renewable Energy Top Markets Report 2014-2015

This ITA report provides high-level information regarding key potential export markets for American companies. Exporters can use the report as a tool to steer their companies towards those markets where they may be most effective. [February 2014]

Renewable Energy in the EU

EU climate and energy policies drive demand for innovative renewable energy technologies, products, and services that will help Members States achieve their ambitious climate change and energy objectives. This Commercial Service report explains how EU policies may affect U.S. exporters and their ability to penetrate the EU market. [December 2013]

Kazakhstan: Power Generation and Distribution Industry

In this report, the Commercial Service explains that Kazakhstan is looking for ways to use renewable energy sources. Wind power and hydropower are the most promising options. [December 2013]

Argentina Renewable Energy

This Commercial Service report reveals that U.S. renewable energy products, including biofuels, biomass, wind and solar energy, have very good market potential in Argentina. [December 2013]

Peru: Renewable Energy Industry

Between the government’s update of the national renewable energy targets, the third renewable energy concession auction, and the rapidly rising demand for energy, Peru offers a growing market for U.S. renewable energy exports. [October 2013]

Canada: Renewable Energy – A Top Export Prospect for Canada

The Canadian government is committed to seeing 90% of Canada’s electricity generated by non-emitting sources by 2020. This ITA report provides a quick overview of the opportunities. [September 2013]

Europe: Country-Specific Energy Sector Analysis

The International Trade Administration has outlined the latest developments in the European Energy market for 12 countries. [2013]

The China Greentech Report 2013

The U.S. Commercial Service in China is a strategic advisor and sponsor of the China Greentech Initiative, a collaboration among green technology companies and organizations that endeavors to uncover, create and promote green tech opportunities in China. The purpose of the annual China Greentech Reports is to educate markets and stakeholders about key trends, opportunities and challenges to accelerate China’s green tech market growth. This report will inform readers about what is driving China to be a global green tech leader and allow readers to connect the relevance of China’s green tech markets to global trends. [June 2013]

Electrical Power Equipment: a Top Export Prospect for Panama

This ITA brief outlines the Panamanian energy sector and the growth of its renewable energy demand, which is creating a market for equipment. [May 2013]

Update on Canada’s Feed-in-Tariff Program 2.0 for Renewable Energy

This U.S. Commercial Service report includes an overview of the changes to the renewable energy feed-in-tariff program in the Canadian province of Ontario. It also evaluates some of the opportunities in Ontario under the program for U.S. companies. [March 2013]

Market Overview of Canada’s Energy Sector

This U.S. Commercial Service report gives a short overview of the Canadian energy market, including the fossil fuel and renewable energy sectors. [March 2013]

Chile’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Market – Opportunities for U.S. Exporters

The fast growing economy and rising energy demand in Chile have created important opportunities for clean energy development. This Market Intelligence Brief on the Chilean renewable energy and energy efficiency market, produced by ITA's Office of Energy and Environmental Industries, details opportunities for U.S. exporters and provides an overview of the electricity market in Chile. [March 2013]

Turkey: Carbon Credit Potential

This U.S. Commercial Service report discusses Turkey’s current efforts to create a voluntary carbon market. Though the Turkish government has not yet made an announcement, the voluntary market is evolving quickly. Projects using wind, biogas, hydropower, and geothermal technologies have already applied for credits in the market. [February 2013]

Japan's Electricity Market and Opportunities for Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Exporters

This Market Intelligence Brief, produced by ITA's Office of Energy and Environmental Industries, seeks to explain the complex drivers of Japan’s energy policy and the challenges faced by U.S. companies. [December 2012]

Renewable Energy: A Top Prospect for Mexico

Studies show that demand for imported renewable energy-related equipment and services in Mexico will increase by approximately 4 percent in 2012 and 2013, while U.S. exports to Mexico will grow by the same amount in the same years. Wind power, which is the fastest growing renewable energy in Mexico, is estimated at 35% growth in 2012 and 2013. Given Mexico’s proximity to the United States, the absence of import duties on U.S. exports to Mexico and the lack of manufacturing capacity currently in Mexico’s renewable energy industry, the market would likely be an area of distinct U.S. export competitiveness. [June 2012]

Electric Power Equipment: A Top Export Prospect for Chile

The Chilean economy is expanding and the government expects the country will need an additional 10,000MW of installed capacity by 2020 to meet rising demand. In 2012, the demand for electricity in Chile is expected to grow by 6-7%. Recent legislation requires that renewable sources must supply a minimum of 5% of all the energy injected into the main two grids until 2014 and up to 10% by the year 2024. Also, the government has announced a target of 20% renewable energy by 2020. [June 2012]

Current State of Ghana’s Power Sector

Ghana is one of the fastest growing economies and a leading democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. While Ghana achieves one of the highest electrification rates in sub-Saharan Africa, the rapidly rising energy demand from the sector’s residential, commercial and industrial customers creates need for improvements in the country’s energy policy, electricity generation performance and reliability. U.S. companies interested in Ghana’s power sector should follow closely both policy and operational developments in the sector. [June 2012]

Turkey’s Electricity Market and Opportunities for U.S. Renewable Energy Exporters

The Office of Energy and Environmental Industries at the International Trade Association created a market intelligence brief of renewable energy exporting in Turkey. The study highlights export factors such as Turkey’s economy, energy mix, regulatory structure, current renewable energy market, challenges facing U.S. exporters, and opportunities in various renewable energy sectors. [June 2012]

Green Power Technology and Equipment: A Top U.S. Export Prospect to Argentina

Due to hydropower’s large social costs, Argentina has begun to further utilize energy derived from wind power, as Patagonia is one of the world’s top three wind corridors. Argentina's national legislature approved regulations which stipulate that energy utility centers must purchase wind-generated electricity if it is made available to them. U.S. products that employ green energy sources have the potential to do well in the Argentine market. In fact, the U.S. ranks among the top three suppliers of technology for both solar and wind power generation, and as Argentina’s alternative energy sector continues to expand, the market will continue to offer new business opportunities to U.S. suppliers. [May 2012]

Canada: Energy Sector

Canada already produces 61 percent of its electricity from hydropower, but power generation from coal is being replaced more and more by gas and renewable energy. In 2011, Canada imported $17B in equipment and components, 47 percent of which came from the U.S. This market research brief outlines major projects and opportunities for U.S. companies in Canada’s energy sector. [March 2012]

Philippines: Renewable Energy Market

Renewable energy is an essential part of the Philippines’ low emissions development strategy and is vital to addressing the challenges of climate change, energy security, and access to energy. The passage of Republic Act No. 9513 aims to accelerate the development of the country’s renewable energy sources by providing fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to private sector investors and equipment manufacturers and suppliers. Promising opportunities await U.S. providers of RE technology and expertise, especially in harnessing the Philippines’ abundant RE sources like wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, biomass and ocean energy. [March 2012]

Brazil: Country Analysis Brief

The Energy Information Administration estimates that the largest share of Brazil's total energy consumption comes from oil and other liquids (39 percent, including ethanol), followed by hydroelectricity (29 percent) and other renewables (21 percent, mostly biomass). Additionally, reduced ethanol production and rising ethanol prices caused Brazil to import refined products from the United States in 2011. [February 2012]

Jordan: Renewable Energy Market

The Government of Jordan faces challenges in the energy sector, rising demand due to population growth, increased per capita consumption and a reduction in the availability of market priced fuel. The rising cost of importing energy resources has forced the government to reconsider its energy consumption policies and address the issue of reliance on international energy markets for direct imports, and increasingly turn to renewable energy technology solutions. [March 2011]

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Biofuels

USDA Agricultural Projections to 2023

This report, released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides projections for the U.S. agricultural sector to 2023. These projections cover domestic production and consumption as well as global agricultural trade and U.S. exports. Biofuels production (ethanol and biodiesel) is analyzed for five key foreign markets – the EU, Brazil, Argentina, China, and Indonesia. [February 2014]

Romania Revises Down the Biofuel Mandates

Citing reasons of technical, legal and economic nature, Romanian Government amended the blending rates for biofuels in January 2014. According to the previous legislation, the incorporation rate for bio-ethanol was scheduled to increase from five percent to six percent in 2014. Nevertheless, instead of a rise, USDA reports that the Romanian Government decided to drop the mandate from five percent to 4.5 percent. [January 2014]

Panama Continues Looking for Biofuel Opportunities

This USDA report describes Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas activities in Panama that aim to increase energy production from biomass. [January 2014]

Argentina Increases its Biodiesel Mix to 10 percent in 2014

The USDA reports that the Argentine Government raised the biodiesel mix under the local mandate from 8 to 10 percent in 2014 to partially offset smaller exports due to market restrictions imposed by the EU. [December 2013]

Spain: Bioethanol Report

This USDA report provides an overview of Spain’s bioethanol sector including Member State specific policy, production supply and demand data. Spain is among the four top EU-27 Member States in terms of bioethanol production capacity and consumption but it has a structural shortfall in bioethanol raw materials. [November 2013]

Brazil: Biofuels Annual Report

This USDA report provides production, supply and demand estimates and forecasts for 2013 and 2014, respectively. [November 2013]

Panama Looks to Biofuels to Develop its Energy Sector

This USDA report outlines the current status of Panama's biofuels policy and implementation of laws enacted in 2011 to promote the use of biofuels. [October 2013]

South Africa Looks to Develop Domestic Biofuels Production

This USDA report describes South Africa’s new biofuels rule, which requires biodiesel blending of 5 percent and bio-ethanol 10 percent by October 1, 2015. Corn, an important staple food for many South Africans, will not be authorized for conversion to biofuels. [October 2013]

EU: Biofuels Report

The USDA annual report on the EU’s biofuels market discusses the impact of a series of trade actions imposed on trade of bioethanol and biodiesel. However, prospects are good for wood pellet trade. The EC expects that solid biomass for heat and power generation will play an important role in meeting the 20 percent target for renewable energy use by 2020. [August 2013]

Philippines: Biofuels Report

According to this USDA report, the Philippines is a major producer and user of renewable energy, and requires biodiesel and ethanol in local petroleum diesel fuel and gasoline. [July 2013]

Canada: Biofuels Report

At this time, the USDA estimates that Canadian biofuels industry is not able to meet its federal standards with local production, opening the door to further export opportunities. [June 2013]

Overview of Malta's Biofuel Sector and RED Implementation

Malta will strive to achieve its 2020 renewable energy targets through the deployment of solar thermal, solar photovoltaics, an offshore wind farm, biofuels, and a number of waste to energy projects. Read more in this USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Report. [June 2013]

France - Limiting First-Generation Biofuels - TTIP Sensitive Issue

An intense discussion is currently taking place among industry stakeholders and policy makers on whether to limit first-generation biofuels, and if so, by how much. French bioethanol producers have expressed that the EU biofuels industry will not be able to stand trade liberalization under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations launched with the United States this year. [May 2013]

Growth in France’s Bioeconomy

The French Government has increasingly focused on developing their bioeconomy, a substantial part of which includes transitioning to renewable energy and the promotion of biomass resources. This USDA Foreign Agricultural Services report further describes the emphasis on biomass-based resources through the bioeconomy program. [April 2013]

USDA Agricultural Projections to 2022

This report, released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides projections for the U.S. agricultural sector to 2022. These projections cover domestic production and consumption as well as global agricultural trade and U.S. exports. In particular, USDA expects ethanol production in the major producer countries to increase by 40 percent. [February 2013]

Malta Biofuels Report

This USDA Foreign Agricultural Service report gives an overview of Malta’s biofuel sector, which has generated considerable interest in recent years despite slow progress. [January 2013]

Renewable Energy and Biofuels in Poland Report

As this USDA Foreign Agricultural Service report highlights, renewable energy and biofuel consumption in Poland has been steadily increasing. In particular, biomass, hydro, and wind energy have great potential. [January 2013]

France Sustainable Agricultural Practices Report

This USDA Foreign Agricultural Services report discusses France’s recent initiative to improve the sustainability of its agriculture. This initiative includes the promotion of biofuels and renewable energy production. [January 2013]

Eu-27 Report on Oilseeds and Products

This USDA report provides EU-27 production, supply, and demand forecasts for oilseeds, protein meals and related products. [December 2012]

Dutch Refine Agricultural Priorities: “Green Growth Economy”

After the merger of the Dutch AgMinistry with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the newly formed Dutch Government removed “Agriculture” from the Ministry’s name. The new Cabinet envisions the Netherlands as a playing a key logistical hub in the global bio-based economy thriving on agricultural feedstocks imported from abroad. [November 2012]

Biofuels Markets Face Blending Constraints and Other Challenges

This report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration highlights the significant changes in international biofuels trade patterns in recent years. [October 2012]

Buenos Aires Biodiesel Tax Increase and Temporary Soybean Import Policy

The Government of Argentina (GOA) recognizes that the biodiesel industry has contributed quite a bit to Argentina’s industrialization of the soy industry. In fact, production has more than tripled over the last five years and more than half of production is exported. However, last year, supplies were short because of a hard hit drought and in March 2012, members of the crushing industry asked the GOA to consider raising soybean export taxes in order to promote more incentive to crush in-country. Temporary imports of soybeans will be allowed into Argentina for the purpose of crushing in-country to fill the gap in crushing capacity. [August 2012]

Germany: Debate over E10 fuel in light of drought in the United States

The German Minister of Development and Economic Cooperation is positioning himself as an opponent of bioethanol, using current reports about the drought in the United States and its potential to drive up food prices. In an interview with a German news TV station he called for a halt in sales of “E10” gasoline. However, so far he has not received backing from other German ministries. [August 2012]

Indonesia: 2012 Biofuels Report

Indonesian biodiesel production increased significantly in 2011. It is predicted that it will increase in 2012 and 2013. Domestic users consumed 10 percent of the increased biodiesel production, with almost 90 percent of the biodiesel going to overseas markets. Europe has become a single largest market for Indonesia, with Indonesia’s market penetration in the region 39 percent of total European biodiesel import in 2011 (up from 9 percent in 2008). [August 2012]

Malaysia: 2012 Biofuels Report

Despite very optimistic expectations just a few years ago, Malaysia’s biodiesel sector is not yet economically viable. High feedstock prices, little domestic demand, subsidized alternative petroleum based products, and stiff competition from Indonesian supplies in export markets have stymied development of Malaysia’s bio-diesel industry. A majority of the plants are idle. The Government of Malaysia has started to implement a B5 mandate (palm biodiesel), but domestic consumption is expected to remain stagnant. [August 2012]

Department of Energy: Developments in U.S. Ethanol Exports

The United States exported record levels of ethanol through the end of 2011 and looks to be on track to continue exporting significant volumes during 2012. While there are a number of complexities and potential renewable fuel mixes in store for the United States in 2012, it is likely to be a net exporter of ethanol, albeit at lower levels than in 2011. [July 2012]

Honduras: 2012 Biofuels Report

Honduras is the only Central America country that has a law and a regulation for both biodiesel and ethanol production. Honduras’ increase in the production of African palm oil provides opportunities for biodiesel. Additionally, new initiatives have been established such as the production of biofuel from tilapia by-products and jatropha, the production of biogas sold for carbon credits, and the production of biomass to burn for electricity. However, there is no commercial production of biofuels due to market constraints. [July 2012]

Argentina: 2012 Biofuels Report

This report reviews Argentine biodiesel production and consumption projections. The closing of the Spanish market, Argentina’s top export destination, is forecast to hurt overall exports. The government is contemplating increasing the mandate mix from 7 to 10 percent. The report also predicts bioethanol production for 2013 including the incorporation of five new grain-based plants. [July 2012]

People's Republic of China: 2012 Biofuels Report

China’s fuel ethanol production is forecast to increase by eight percent in 2012, despite the fact that there are no new ethanol plants or mandatory-use programs for fuel ethanol or biodiesel. However for biodiesel, without government subsidies or mandatory-use programs, producers and processing plants must operate under inconsistent profit margins and price fluctuations for feed stocks. [July 2012]

Russian Federation: Biofuels Sector Update

The Russian government outlined as a national objective making the country 40 percent more energy-efficient by 2020. However as one of the world's leading producers and exporters of oil and gas, biofuels have an insignificant share in the overall energy production matrix of Russia with an estimate of 1.2 percent, and biomass accounting for only 0.5 percent. As a result, the emerging Russian biofuels industry is driven primarily by growing demand for biofuels from Europe. [July 2012]

Colombian Biofuels Use Reaching E10 and B10 Levels

In 2011, ethanol production recovered to 351 million liters due to an increase in sugarcane supply, and in 2012 production is expected to reach 355 million liters. Biodiesel production also recovered to 537 million liters in 2011.The expansion of 300,000 liters in production capacity is expected to boost ethanol production to 400 million liters in 2013. Blends target of B10 and E10 are yet to be reached for the entire country; Colombia is not expected to export biofuels in the next two years. [July 2012]

Thailand: 2012 Biofuels Report

The Thai Government has modified its 15-year Alternative Energy Development Plan, which has fallen short of achieving its short-term target. Ethanol production will likely continue to increase in 2012 and 2013 driven by strong export demand. Biodiesel production is estimated to grow steadily in 2012 and 2013 reflecting the implementing of mandatory B5 biodiesel use. [June 2012]

Japan Focuses on Next Generation Biofuels

In 2011, Japanese ethanol and biodiesel production increased but remained at low levels. Imports of ethanol for fuel and other uses also increased while ETBE imports in 2011 held steady. Due to limited agricultural production, and the “food vs. fuel” debate, the Government of Japan has opted to focus determinedly on biofuels derived from cellulosic materials or other materials which do not compete with the food supply. Nevertheless, overall Japanese production of biofuels is expected to continue expanding. [June 2012]

El Salvador: 2012 Biofuels Report

The current Government of El Salvador (GOES) has not approved the Ethanol Law created by the previous administration. The GOES has not made a decision on the gasoline-ethanol mix ratio; and high international sugar prices have decreased interest in the sugarcane industry to lobby for the ethanol law. There are currently several bio-fuel initiatives being implemented to produce bio-diesel. [June 2012]

Paraguay: 2012 Biofuels Report

While ethanol in Paraguay is expected to reach a record, biodiesel production and consumption is still forecast to remain well below the current mandate of 1 percent. The pricing of biodiesel and some quality/standard problems in the past have discouraged the local expansion of production. Two new large oilseeds crushing plants will be on-line in 2013/14, duplicating the country’s production capacity. This could encourage the government to set conditions to start meeting the delayed mandates. [June 2012]

Ecuador Biofuel Industry, Bioethanol, Biodiesel, Production, Forecast 2012

Ecuador’s executive branch of government has been very keen on speaking up about the need for a biofuels policy and biofuels programs. However, despite the interest of the private sector as well, no biofuels policy exists at the moment. The Government of Ecuador is undertaking pilot projects to use bioethanol for the city of Guayaquil and jathropha biodiesel for the Galapagos Islands. [June 2012]

Peru: 2012 Biofuels Report

This report reviews expected 2012 production of ethanol and biodiesel in Peru, as well as forecasts for 2013. [June 2012]

A big splash of Ethanol and a drop of Biodiesel in Guatemala

In 2011, Guatemala increased its installed alcohol capacity; derived from sugarcane processing, most of Guatemala's ethanol is exported to Europe. Biodiesel production is extremely limited due to a lack of commercial feedstock. Guatemala's government is considering various biofuel strategies, but has not taken any specific action. [June 2012]

Australia: 2012 Biofuels Report

Imports of Biodiesel from the United States are subject to a “Countervailing Duty” and “Dumping Duty” which is expected to be in place for a total of five years and, per calculations, would expire in April 2016. Despite these measures, official trade data shows the continued importation of biodiesel from overseas suppliers, including the US and Canada. The United States and Australia are also collaborating on research and development regarding the safe use of sustainable aviation alternative fuels. [June 2012]

Thailand Imposes Export Surcharge on Crude Palm Oil

Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce has imposed an export surcharge of approximately $317 per metric ton on crude palm oil, effective through June 30, 2012. According to the report, the move came following government action in April to import 40,000 tons of semirefined palm oil, which was done to alleviate shortages and increasing prices. [June 2012]

Malaysia’s Crude Palm Oil production rises 5% to 1.3 million Tons

After almost 24 months of growth in production, the palms are undergoing biological stress causing lower yields. Palm oil exports rose marginally to 1.3 million tons in April. Output for April, however, was down 6.8 percent when compared to production levels over the same period in 2011. The Malaysian report also indicates a marginal increase in palm oil exports. [June 2012]

Brazil's Ethanol Industry

The Brazil Industries Coalition (BIC) Magazine recently discussed business opportunities in Brazil with Igly Serafim, Senior Commercial Specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service in Sao Paulo Brazil. With the growth of Brazil’s ethanol industry, and new demands for renewable fuels in the United States and elsewhere, new business opportunities in Brazil are emerging for U.S. companies. [May 2012]

Chile: Evolution of Biofuels

Chile’s current energy sector conditions, characterized by high import dependency, are driving the trend toward new energy alternatives and resources in the country. Unlike the U.S. and Brazil, Chile does not have enough land to produce both food and biofuels, and is looking to second generation fuels, including algae. [March 2012]

Brazil: GoB Support to Sugar-Ethanol Sector

On January 11, Brazil’s National Bank for Social and Economic Development (BNDES) announced a credit line of US$2.25 billion (R$4 billion) available until December 31, 2012, called Prorenova, to finance the renewal and/or expansion of approximately 2.5 million acres of sugarcane fields. BNDES expects that its financing will lead to 2 to 4 billion liters of additional ethanol production in central-southern Brazil over the next two years. [January 2012]

EU: Sustainability in Commodity Markets

In 2011, the EU imported about $2 billion, or a third of its total ethanol imports, from the United States. Renewable Energy Directive (RED) certification and several other international agreements also play an important role in the European market for ethanol. [January 2012]

The U.S. Biodiesel Market 2000 to 2010: Riding the Rollercoaster

Commodity price volatility and the price spread between feedstocks and fossil fuel as well as policy support that lacks long-term stability have created challenges for the biodiesel industry worldwide. Exports drove significant growth in the biodiesel industry from 2005 to 2008, but in 2009, a dropoff in U.S. exports to the EU and antidumping and countervailing duties imposed by several countries – though partially offset by growth in markets like Taiwan, India, and Australia – slowed the industry down. Going forward, the U.S. biodiesel industry is poised to begin a sustained period of growth. [January 2012]

Brazil: Ethanol Import Tariff

In December 2011, the Brazilian Government extended the zero percent import tariff applied to ethanol until December 15, 2015. According to the Mercosur (Common Southern Market) agreement, the import tariff for ethanol is 20 percent; however, since April 2010, at the request of the Government of Brazil, ethanol was included in the list of exceptions, with an applied tariff rate of zero percent. [January 2012]

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Biomass/Wood Pellets

Denmark: The Market for Wood Pellets

This USDA report explains the reason why Denmark is the number one importer of wood pellets in the world. Based on official statistics, Danish Government policy and private sector investments, Danish imports are expected to increase from 2 MMT in 2012 to over 3 MMT in 2020. [November 2013]

The Market for Wood Pellets in the Benelux

The U.S. is expected to the main supplier of wood pellets in the Benelux market (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) this year. According to this USDA Foreign Agricultural Service report, the U.S. exported an estimated 1.25 million metric tons of wood pellets worth $225 million to the region last year. [January 2013]

USITC Report: Pellet Power – Global Trade in Wood Pellets

Global imports of wood pellets have grown from virtually zero to over $1.5 billion during the last decade. Demand is currently concentrated in Europe. This U.S. International Trade Commission report reviews the near term capacity increase in response to overseas demand and other factors that will impact U.S. trade in wood pellets. [July 2012]

The Asian Wood Pellet Markets

This report by USDA’s Forest Service examines the three major wood pellet markets in Asia: China, Japan, and South Korea. In contrast to the United States, where most wood pellets are used for residential heating with pellet stoves, a majority of the wood pellets in Asia are used for co-firing at coal-fired power plants. [May 2012]

Mexico: Oldest Landfill in Mexico is closed and open for Business

This U.S. Commercial Service report highlights the closure of a landfill in Mexico City, the oldest in the country, and a business opportunity for U.S. exporters. Environmental authorities will develop an international tender for a landfill gas plant to generate electricity for the Mexico City area. [December 2011]

Czech Republic: Biomass and Energetics 2011

This USDA report describes the Czech National Renewable Energy Action Plan, which sets a 2020 target for gross energy consumption from renewables at 13.5 percent. It highlights the strong potential for biomass to play a role in meeting this target. [December 2011]

Czech Republic: Biogas

This U.S. Commercial Service Report provides an overview of the Czech biogas market, and highlights those types of biogas with the greatest potential. It also notes the governmental support and financing opportunities for biogas in the Czech Republic. [June 2011]

Belgium: Biogas Market Brief

There are very few Belgian companies and consultancy firms that specialize in biogas. Research on biogas has come mainly from trade associations, agricultural research groups, and universities in Belgium. Materials, installations, and consultancies are often provided by foreign companies, many from Germany. Because of little competition input and maintenance costs are relatively high. Industry trends suggest that the market could benefit from low cost products and consulting services. [August 2010]

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Energy Efficiency & Smart Grid

USTDA Launches Trade Talk Series with Smart Grid Forum

On February 28, 2014, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency hosted "Trade Talk: Smart Grid," the first in a series of sector-specific Trade Talks at USTDA's headquarters in Arlington, VA.  Over 150 participants attended in person or via webinar to learn more about USTDA's efforts to support grid modernization efforts in developing and middle-income countries. Click here for an official summary [PDF] of the event outcomes and industry recommendations. [February 2014]

Smart Grid Opportunities for Electricity Transmission and Distribution in Turkey

Turkey is the second fastest-growing large economy in electricity and natural gas demand in the world after China. The Turkish Government has identified the need for new investment in its electric grid to accommodate this rapid growth, including an expected $5 billion of investment in smart grid technologies through 2015. [January 2013]

Analysis of the Russian Market for Building Energy Efficiency

This report from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory provides analysis of the Russian energy efficiency market for the building sector. In particularly, the report highlights opportunities for U.S. exporters as Russia continues to prioritize energy efficiency and modernization. [December 2012]

Russian District Heat Policy - DOE, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

This report from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discusses new legislation in Russia regarding its district heating market as well as the need for private foreign investment in the sector. [October 2012]

Italy: Smart Grid Market

This U.S. Commercial Service report offers an overview of the demand and market opportunities for smart grid technologies in Italy. Many smart grid technologies are commercially available in Italy but, except for advanced metering systems and for automation, control and sensor systems, they are not very widespread. A study carried out by the Politecnico University in Milan estimated a very large potential market (between $19.5 and $78.2 billion) for smart grid technologies in the 2012 – 2020 timespan. [October 2012]

Turkey: Smart Grid Opportunities

Turkey needs Smart Metering for the following reasons: 1) Decreasing loss and theft ratios in distribution level; 2) Increasing the quality of supply and efficiency; 3) Solving the problems encountered in operation of day-ahead and balancing markets. This U.S. Commercial Service report outlines the market structure and key players, prospective buyers, best prospects, and market demand. [September 2012]

Saudi Arabia’s Electricity Market and Opportunities for U.S. Exporters

This report presents an overview of Saudi Arabia’s electricity market and examines the growing opportunities for U.S. exporters of solar technologies and services, transmission and distribution equipment, smart grid technologies and energy efficiency products and services. [January 2012]

Czech Republic - Smart Grid

This U.S. Commercial Service report identifies market motivators, key projects, and major players in the Czech smart grid industry. It also analyzes best prospects for U.S exporters. [December 2011]

EU: The Regulatory Framework for Building Products

With the adoption of the Construction Products Directive (CPD) in 1988, the European Commission laid the groundwork for a “single market” for construction projects and building products in the EU. Existing legislation (CPD 89/106/EC) will be replaced by the newly adopted Construction Products Regulation (CPR 305/2011) on July 1, 2013. The new legislation introduces simplified certification procedures for small manufacturers and manufacturers of custom-made building products. It also includes new essential requirements addressing accessibility, sustainability and use of dangerous substances. [August 2011]

Japan: Green Data Center Industry

Green data centers are designed to consume power optimally through the use of environment-friendly facility and ICT solutions. In the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and the rolling blackouts that followed, the government of Japan has predicted potential power shortages for the summer of 2011. Therefore, energy efficiency is even more urgently needed. Data center operators are increasingly seeking new technologies and solutions to promote power saving and this situation should create various opportunities for U.S. exporters in the Japanese market. [June 2011]

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Fuel Cells

2010 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Global Commercialization Development Update

This report was compiled by the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Program. It outlines the role hydrogen and fuel cells can play in a portfolio of technology options available to address the energy-related challenges faced by nations around the world. The report provides examples of real-world hydrogen and fuel cell applications and the progress of the technologies, including government policies that increase technology development and commercialization. [December 2010]

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Geothermal

Turkey: Geothermal Energy

This ITA report provides an overview of the current market environment for geothermal energy in Turkey, including the legal framework. [September 2013]

Kenya Seeks Alternative Energy Sources as Demand for Power Soars

The Commercial Service in Nairobi reports that opportunities exist for U.S. companies in the geothermal sub-sector to provide consultancy services or supply equipment to government agencies such as Kengen or the Geothermal Development Corporation. [June 2011]

Greece: Geothermal potential projects tenders provide opportunities for U.S. firms

U.S. developers and suppliers of geothermal equipment and applications have new opportunities to provide their products and services for the exploration of the geothermal potential of four unexplored mining areas in Northern Greece. [February 2011]

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Hydro

Canada - $7.9B Hydro Project

Canada is the world's third largest producer of hydroelectricity and one of few countries to generate the majority of its electricity from water. Although construction of the "Site C Clean Energy Project" in British Columbia is a couple of years away, U.S. firms should consider ensuring their cost effective technologies and products are well ingrained in the local supply chain. [November 2012]

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Solar

EIA Solar PV Cell/Module Shipments Report 2010

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its annual report on shipments of solar photovoltaic cells and modules for 2010. The report cites a U.S. export market dominated by crystalline silicon modules, and sales mainly to Germany, Italy, and Canada. [January 2012]

Saudi Arabia’s Electricity Market and Opportunities for U.S. Exporters

This report presents an overview of Saudi Arabia’s electricity market and examines the growing opportunities for U.S. exporters of solar technologies and services, transmission and distribution equipment, smart grid technologies and energy efficiency products and services. [January 2012]

Chile: Solar Energy Industry

Chile presents attractive opportunities for the energy sector in general. Specific opportunities in solar generation are well underway, despite the lack of direct subsidies by the Chilean government. Solar plants require a high initial investment and their average price of energy is in the upper end, but solar energy is becoming more competitive. This market research report outlines market demand, market potential and best prospects for solar companies. [December 2011]

Brazil: Solar Energy Update

This U.S. Commercial Service report provides an update on developments in solar energy in Brazil, including the ongoing discussions about Brazil’s regulatory framework for solar and policies to promote solar energy and several upcoming solar projects. The Commercial Service encourages U.S. suppliers of solar technology to consider Brazil as a potential market in the future. [November 2011]

Turkey: Solar Power Market

This U.S. Commercial Service report describes the potential for solar power generation by region and the market for solar power in Turkey. The report includes information on new regulations in the Turkish market for solar power and on a potential major new solar project in Karaman, Turkey. [September 2011]

U.S. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Cell and Module Trade Overview

The U.S. International Trade Commission has released a briefing that highlights trends in solar PV trade, including growth in both U.S. imports and exports. The briefing also explains changes in the share of imports from and exports to major international markets. [June 2011]

Bulgaria: Solar Energy Market 2011

This report provides an overview of the market potential within the renewable energy market and specifically, the solar energy sector. The main driving force for the growth of the solar energy market are Bulgaria’s entry into the European Union (EU) and the necessity to cover part of its energy needs after the decommissioning of four nuclear power plant units. The government has elaborated a national long-term program for the promotion and the development of renewable energy sources, and the best opportunities in the renewable energy sector in Bulgaria exist in the areas of solar energy and biomass. [June 2011]

Czech Republic: Solar Thermal & Energy Market

The Czech Republic has, by European standards, relatively good conditions for the use of solar energy. It is a highly developed, open market with liberal policies and intense competition. However products from Non-EU countries are subject to import duties and the government introduced restrictions due to rising energy prices. [April 2011]

U.S. Company Seeks Financing and Suppliers for Renewable Energy Project in Ontario

The needs include construction financing and long-term project financing, power generation solar PV modules and components, electrical equipment and materials; and construction and fabrication services. [March 2011]

Greece: Photovoltaic Industry

Greece is one of Europe's most promising emerging markets for photovoltaic (PV) products and services with an estimated market volume of 1.2 billion dollars by 2015. Market potential is expected to grow considerably in the next 3–5 years, for all three categories of small (up to 20kWp), medium sized (100–150 kWp) and larger capacity PV systems. Greece has made a stated commitment for greater usage of renewable energy sources in total domestic electricity production, from 8.4 percent in 2002 to 20.1 percent by 2015. [March 2011]

Italy: Solar Energy

This report examines the solar energy market in Italy, which is the world’s second largest market for photovoltaic installations. The study identifies the state of the market, government incentives, export opportunities, and best prospects for US exporters, including key suppliers and buyers and potential barriers to market entry. [January 2011]

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Wind

Uruguay: Wind Energy Brief

The Commercial Service reports that the Government of Uruguay is promoting greater energy efficiency and production from renewable sources to create greater energy independence for Uruguay. The potential to harness wind energy in Uruguay is particularly significant due to wind resources that have exceeded expectations. [December 2012]

U.S. Wind Turbine Export Opportunities in Canada and Latin America

The Office of Industries of the U.S. International Trade Commission reviewed past U.S. exports of utility-scale wind turbine nacelles and blades, and assessed the potential for future U.S. exports of these products in Canada and Latin America. Results show that markets in Ontario, Western Canada, and Mexico are growing rapidly and U.S. producers are positioned to increase exports to these places in the next few years. [July 2012]

Korea: Wind Power Industry

This Commercial Service market research report describes the Korean wind power industry, including market demand, best prospects for investors, key suppliers and buyers, upcoming trade events, and other resources. [January 2012]

Brazil: Wind Energy's Falling Prices

This U.S. Commercial Service report gives insight into the state of the Brazilian wind energy industry, especially in light of recent energy auctions in which a number of wind power contracts were awarded. The recent electricity auctions and wind power conferences have shown great promise of accelerating activity in the Brazilian wind industry, creating an opportunity for international firms to enter this market or expand their operations. [November 2011]

Quebec: Alfred Lake Wind Energy Project

This U.S. Commercial Service project overview describes a 300 MW wind energy farm project in Quebec. The Alfred Lake Project, which will be able to power 70,000 homes after its expected completion in 2013, provides opportunities for American business partnerships with Saint-Laurent Energies. [August 2011]

British Columbia: Capital Power Wind Energy Project

The Quality Wind Farm project, fully funded by Capital Power, has been awarded a 25-year Electricity Purchase Agreement from BC Hydro and is expected to be in operation in late 2012. This report highlights prospects in supplying products and services to first tier construction and turbine manufacturers and in ensuring products exist in the local supply chain. [July 2011]

British Columbia: IPR-GDF Suez Wind Energy Project

The Cape Scott Wind Farm project, with 100% of equity funding from IPR-GDF Suez, has been awarded a 25-year Electricity Purchase Agreement from BC Hydro and is expected to be in operation in late 2012. This report highlights opportunities in engineering, procurement, and construction—including infrastructure around the project site, including roads, concrete base and electrical lines. [July 2011]

Shifts in U.S. Wind Turbine Equipment Trade in 2010

This U.S. International Trade Commission briefing explains the decrease in U.S. wind turbine imports from 2009 to 2010. It also highlights rising U.S. exports of wind turbines and growing markets in Canada and Mexico. [June 2011]

British Columbia: Wind Energy Projects

As Canada has no domestic wind turbine manufacturers, the U.S. Commercial Service in Canada has identified four wind energy projects as excellent prospects for U.S. business partnerships. This report on the projects identifies goes into detail about the wind energy projects and best projects for U.S. company involvement, including contact information for a Commercial Specialist. [March 2011]

Greece: Wind Energy Market

Greece’s potential for wind power is among one of the strongest in Europe with an estimated market value of approximately 970 million dollars (present value) by 2015, and this potential is expected to remain strong for at least the next 3–5 years. Wind energy is among the top green energy policy priorities of the current Greek government. The Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change has recently ratified a new law which, along with the relevant Ministerial Decrees issued in the summer of 2010, revises the existing legal framework and facilitates the development of renewable energy sources. [March 2011]

Overview of the Potential Wind Energy Market in the Philippines

As a nation, the Philippines lags far behind other Asian nations such as China, Japan, and India in terms of wind power usage. However, the opportunity to develop wind energy in the Philippines is rapidly expanding and the Philippine government is currently making ideal wind farm sites available for investors. [February 2011]

The Wind Power Market in Guangdong Province, China

Wind power, among alternative energies such as solar energy, biomass, and geothermal power, is the most promising in terms of technological and economic viability in Southern China. Read about best prospects in this snapshot and learn how to contact the Commercial Service specialists in Guangzhou for further assistance. [January 2011]

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