The U.S. Trade and Development Agency sponsored a delegation from Latin American countries in energy sector to visit the U.S. The traveled from Brazil, Panama, and Peru.
The RTM included discussions on energy storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency. In addition, the RTM highlighted U.S. technology, service offerings, and best practices in the areas of energy storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency.
The USTDA Latin America Microgrid Infrastructure RTM started on Sunday, June 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. It ended on Saturday, June 15, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN.
In Washington, DC, starting on Monday morning, the delegation went to the USTDA for their orientation meeting. After the orientation briefing, 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 Duane Morris. While still at USTDA, they met with National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and had an important meeting about U.S. financing structures with USTDA, EXIM, and OPIC. After a busy morning, the group went up the street to have a meeting with Fluence. Then the group went to College Park and met with the University of Maryland. On Tuesday, the group was back 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 Business Center participating in the Business Briefing. The Business Briefing gave the delegates the opportunity to present on their projects and meet one-on-one with U.S. company participants. The first meeting on Wednesday was with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. At this time, they also had the chance to meet with the U.S. Treasury Department. The busy day continued as they went over for a meeting with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and their final meeting of the day with SparkMeter. The long day ended with a flight to Chicago, IL and some much needed rest.
In Chicago, IL, the delegation was back to work Thursday for a meeting with S&C Electric Company and a meeting with Invenergy. The final day of the visit started with a meeting and tour of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Microgrid. The afternoon was spent meeting with G&W Electric and a wrap up meeting where the team discussed the visit and collected feedback from the delegates.
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