Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Exporter’s Update

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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Exporter’s Update


June 1, 2012  •  Volume 2: Issue 6


  • June 3-6 – WindPower 2012 Conference & Exhibition
    Atlanta, GA – WINDPOWER 2012 is an official participant of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program (IBP). As an IBP event, the Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy Team will offer a series of programs at WINDPOWER 2012 to assist U.S. wind energy companies with exporting their products and services to international markets, including market briefings with renewable energy specialists from U.S. embassies around the world, international wind market updates, and for select U.S. companies, meetings with pre-screened international buyers and other stakeholders.
  • June 9-12 – Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition
    Guangzhou, China – The California State Trade and Export Promotion program is working with the El Camino College Center for International Trade Development (CITD) and the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide funds in support of joint participation of industrial and energy technology companies from California at the Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition, the most influential and comprehensive lighting and LED industry event in Asia. The 2011 combined shows were the largest ever and attracted more than 2,931 exhibitors and more than 100,000 trade visitors from 116 countries and regions. For more information, contact Terri Batch.
  • June 13 – Webinar: Australia Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Opportunities for U.S. Companies
    Online, 4 p.m. (PDT) – Register online for a webinar on Australia’s clean tech policies and developments which are advancing opportunities for U.S. companies operating in the smart grid and renewable energy space. Participants will hear from U.S. Government officials and industry experts about the opportunities in the growing Australian market. For questions regarding the webinar, please contact Shannon Fraser.
  • July 17 – Seminar: Exporting Your Hydropower Technology or Expertise
    Louisville, KY – This seminar, organized by the International Trade Administration during Hydrovision International, will introduce current or future exporters of hydropower products and services to current market trends, policy incentives, and resources provided by the federal government to encourage exports. Participants will hear directly from the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Louisville, a renewable energy trade specialist from the Department of Commerce, Small Business Administration and Export-Import Bank specialists covering export financing and working capital resources specialists, and fellow colleagues experienced in the exporting process. Registration is FREE and participants can sign up online.
  • July 25 – August 4 – India Energy Efficiency and Green Building Reverse Trade Mission
    Washington, DC; Raleigh, NC; San Francisco, CA – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is sponsoring a Reverse Trade Mission to the United States to familiarize up to ten Indian public and private energy industry representatives with U.S. solutions in energy efficiency to ensure an effective deployment of green buildings technologies in India. The group will be visiting with U.S. equipment, technology and service providers in Washington, DC; Raleigh, NC; and San Francisco, CA.
  • September 3-5 – SOLARCON India 2012
    Bangalore, India – SOLARCON India 2012, a Department of Commerce Certified Trade Fair, will bring together the world’s leading solar/PV companies with key decision makers from India’s Government, manufacturers across the entire value chain, and a whole range of end-users including architects, telecom companies, NGOs, builders, facility managers and others.
  • September 10-13 – Minnesota Smart Grid Trade Mission to Canada
    Ontario, Canada – Many countries are developing a smarter grid as part of their energy future, but few as actively and creatively as Canada. This mission will give companies an opportunity to explore the export and business growth potential that Canada holds for smart grid products and services. The mission will include support from the U.S. Department of Commerce, targeted meetings, site visits, and a briefing from local industry experts. The application deadline is June 15.
  • October 15-17 – Smart Grid Trade Mission to the United Kingdom
    London, UK – The UK is the foremost market in the rapidly developing smart grid sector in Europe. Early entry into the UK smart grid sector could serve as a platform for U.S. companies into other European countries. This trade mission will help U.S. companies obtain market information, establish business and government contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects. For more information, contact Claudia Colombo with the U.S. Commercial Service in London. The application deadline is August 17.
  • October 22-24 – U.S. Pavilion at Asia Future Energy Forum 2012
    Singapore – The Asia Future Energy Forum (AFEF) is a world class exhibition and forum that will showcase the latest innovations and technologies to achieve energy efficiency, solutions to reduce carbon emissions, and products/services for generation, transmission and distribution of renewable and clean energy. AFEF 2012 trade show is certified under the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Fair Certification Program, and the U.S. Commercial Service in Singapore will have a booth at this show as part of the U.S. pavilion. The show attracts key business and government decision makers and buyers from Asian markets and offers an opportunity to enter into or expand your business in the region. For more information on AFEF 2012, please contact Mr. Patrick Santillo or Mr. Chan Y K.
  • October 27-30 – Green Export Enabler Program (GEEP) at Eco Expo Asia 2012
    Hong Kong, China – Green Export Enabler Program (GEEP) is a Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) that assists U.S. cleantech, renewable energy and green building companies export their products and/or services to China. El Camino College Center for International Trade Development (El Camino CITD) was awarded its MDCP in October 2009 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to assist cleantech exporters. GEEP has funds to offset much of a firm’s booth and hotel costs to exhibit at the 7th edition of Eco Expo Asia. The trade show is held at the AsiaWorld-Expo at Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong.


A $48.6 million loan from the Export-Import Bank of the United States was given to support exports of equipment and services for the development of the Novo Gramacho biogas project in Brazil. This is expected to generate 165 new jobs in seven states and help convert environmental hazard into green-energy sources. [May 2012]
The National Institute of Standards and Technology led an APEC workshop to coordinate regulatory approaches on smart grid investment and deployment.  This workshop complemented the current APEC Smart Grid Initiative, which aims to promote good regulatory practices and coordinate standards development in order to prevent barriers to trade in smart grid technologies. The outcomes of the workshop are expected to be endorsed by the Committee on Trade and Investment and will also be presented to APEC Energy Ministers when they meet in St. Petersburg, Russia in June 2012. [May 2012]
Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez will lead an energy efficiency trade mission to Russia, June 4-7.  The U.S. delegation will include a senior U.S. Department of Energy official and representatives from 13 U.S. firms that offer a broad range of technologies to improve energy efficiency. This trade mission advances President Obama’s National Export Initiative which aims to double U.S. exports by the end of 2014, supporting economic and job growth. [May 2012]
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC) will meet on June 14, 2012 to present 11 recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce regarding the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, including specific challenges associated with exporting. The meeting announcement will be published in the Federal Register. For more information, please contact Jennifer Derstine at [May 2012]
On June 14-15, the United States will host the 11th annual US-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum. This year’s theme is “Enhancing Africa’s Infrastructure for Trade” and will feature a panel on “Renewable Energy Regulatory Best Practices.” AGOA represents a progressive U.S. trade and investment policy toward the continent working to reduce barriers to trade, increase diversified exports, create jobs, and expand opportunities for Africans. [May 2012]
On May 15, the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement took effect.  More than 76 percent of U.S. electrical equipment exports to Colombia will receive duty-free treatment within five years of implementation; Colombian electrical equipment tariffs currently average 8.9 percent, ranging up to 20 percent. [May 2012]
A trade mission to São Paulo, Rio, and Recife under the Market Development Cooperator Program brought solar companies to Brazil at a pivotal moment in the development of its solar energy sector. [May 2012]


  • June 2012 – International Energy Agency – “Energy Technology Perspectives 2012” (html) – This IEA report – to be released on June 11 – presents scenarios and strategies to 2050, with the aim of guiding decision makers on energy trends and what needs to be done to build a clean, secure and competitive energy future.
  • June 2012 – Multilateral Investment Fund – “Climatescope 2012” (pdf) – Developed in partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Climatescope is an annual ranking and online tool that profiles the “investment climate for climate investment” in Latin America and the Caribbean. The report – to be released June 19 at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – highlights new opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors on clean energy.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative


Market Research

Brazil’s Ethanol Industry (pdf) – ITA, May 2012

Trade Leads

Nepal: Grid-Tied Solar PV Project (html) – Deadline June 1
Morocco: Solar PV Rooftop Power Project (html) – Deadline June 4
Morocco: 850 MW Wind Project (pdf) – Deadline June 21
Saudi Arabia: 100 MW Solar Project (html) – Deadline June 23
Mauritius: 1-2 MW Solar PV Projects (html) – Deadline June 27
Cameroon: Solar Water Heaters (html) – Deadline June 2012
Kenya: Geothermal Drilling Project (pdf) – Deadline July 19
FYR Macedonia: 70 MW Hydropower Plant (html) – Deadline February 2013


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