Below are brief descriptions of initiatives announced by U.S. government agencies that facilitate opportunities, either directly or indirectly, for exporters in the RE&EE sectors. Many are focused on a particular country or region. Please follow the links for further information.
The UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative is an opportunity for the international community to address issues critical to the future of sustainable development, energy access, and economic growth. Examples of U.S. Government support for this agenda include technical assistance for improving the enabling environment, participation in clean energy technology partnerships, and financing and mobilization of private capital. In building viable and sustainable energy markets, U.S. support helps create opportunities for American exports in renewable energy, power generation and energy efficiency technologies.
The United States Departments of Commerce and State have joined together to support the League of Green Embassies program as part of the National Export Initiative. It is designed to help U.S. RE&EE or other green tech companies expand their exports in foreign markets with the support of U.S. Embassies, export technologies to foreign buyers using U.S. Embassies as a launch pad, introduce solutions to help make U.S. embassies energy efficient and independent, and demonstrate U.S. technological leadership to the world.
The United States and Russia have an extensive dialogue on energy and energy efficiency issues aimed at spurring innovation and stimulating the scientific development needed to address global energy challenges. The U.S.-Russia Energy Working Group supports this dialogue and the deployment of clean energy technologies and services. Projects include smart grid implementation, smart cities, energy efficiency in public buildings, methane mitigation, energy efficiency trade missions, and promoting clean energy in Russia’s Far East.
Through the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), the United States is working with partners in the region to advance the development and deployment of innovative clean energy technologies to combat global climate change, enhance national security, and advance sustainable development and green growth. Read the White House Fact Sheet.
The U.S. Department of Energy, in coordination with other U.S. agencies, is launching the Near-Zero Zone project, a demonstration project for industrial energy efficiency in Turkey. This interagency project, which has the support of the Turkish government and business organizations, will help industrial companies operating within the Izmir Ataturk Organized Industrial Zone to reduce their energy intensity through a series of cost-effective efficiency upgrades. The project aims to demonstrate the impact that reducing energy consumption can have on companies’ profitability, promote bilateral trade and investment, and serve as a replicable model for companies and industrial zones throughout Turkey.
A two-year partnership between the National Chamber Foundation (NCF) and the International Trade Administration will promote green energy and other environmental exports to Brazil through trade missions, domestic forums, buyer missions, webinars, and workshops. If you are a small or medium-sized green tech company and want to keep apprised of all the upcoming events and opportunities under this program, please take the NCF survey.
The USTDA and the U.S. Department of Commerce, together with India's Planning Commission launched the U.S.-India Energy Cooperation Program (ECP). The ECP aims to leverage private sector business resources in both the United States and India to promote commercially viable clean energy infrastructure and energy efficiency technologies. Already, 17 U.S. companies have committed to join the ECP as founding members, representing a broad cross-section of the U.S. energy industry.
USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak announced the Africa Clean Energy Solutions (ACES) Initiative, which will further the Agency’s commitment to assist in the development of clean and sustainable sources of energy. The projects supported under the initiative will develop clean energy and energy efficiency solutions to support the continent’s economic growth, as well as create job opportunities for workers in the United States.
The Working Groups have completed Action Plan II, which was released by DOE, Environment Canada, and NRCan on June 21, 2012. Action Plan II contains continued and new initiatives to be implemented in the next two years that will build upon those undertaken by Working Groups under Phase I of the CED, and will deepen bilateral collaboration in the three focus areas, with greater emphasis on energy efficiency by the Clean Energy R&D Working Group.
Since 2008, OPIC has mobilized over $600 million of total investment in renewable resources, including financing and insurance to support projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water treatment. In 2010, OPIC launched several new products to advance renewable resources financing: Insurance coverage for carbon credit and clean development mechanism projects, financing for energy efficiency investments including for Energy Services Companies (ESCO’s), and loans to support leases of renewable energy and clean tech equipment.