The U.S. Trade and Development Agency sponsored a delegation from the Caribbean energy sector to visit the U.S. The primary goals and objectives of the Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) were to showcase U.S. microgrid technologies that respond to the electricity infrastructure needs articulated by Caribbean countries impacted by hurricane events. Delegation participants traveled from Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The USTDA Caribbean Microgrid Infrastructure RTM started on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. It ended on Saturday, May 4, 2020 in New York, NY.
In Washington, DC, starting on Monday morning, the delegation started the day by going over to the USTDA for a meet and greet with senior USTDA leadership. After the meet and greet they spent the rest of the morning in the USTDA board room for a briefing about the U.S. microgrid sector and had short discussions with the U.S. Department of Energy, Rocky Mountain Institute, and Duane Morris. In the afternoon, the delegation traveled down Wilson Boulevard for an afternoon meeting with Fluence. A busy first day ended with a meeting and facility tour of the Montgomery County Department of General Services. Tuesday was highlighted by the USTDA Business Briefing. The delegation had the opportunity to give presentations on their project needs and then had the chance to meet with U.S. companies in the one-on-one sessions. On Wednesday morning the delegates packed up their bags and it was off the New York. On the way out of town, the delegation stopped off in Maryland for a meeting with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. After lunch, they continued on with a stop off in Philadelphia for a meeting at the Philadelphia Navy Yard with GE, before completing the final journey to a hotel in Princeton, NJ.
In New York, NY on Thursday morning, the day started with a meeting and tour of the Princeton University Microgrid. After lunch on campus, they arrived in New York City and had an afternoon with New York Resiliency Stakeholders. Friday morning started with a meeting at a nearby hotel with S and C Electric. After this meeting they went over to NYU’s Langone Health Center for a meeting and tour of their premises. The last stop of the and the final stop for this RTM was with ConEd. On Saturday, the delegates took some early morning flights to return home.
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