Video / Recorded Webinar
Opportunities for U.S. Smart Grid Suppliers in Africa
- Matthew Ogonowski (USAID) described smart grids and moderated the discussion.
- Raul Flores (USAID/Power Africa) presented an overview of the whole-of-government Power Africa Initiative, including support for smart grids and mini-grids.
- Victoria Gunderson (International Trade Administration [ITA]) discussed support for U.S. exporters within the United States and in Africa.
- David Riposo (U.S. Trade and Development Agency [USTDA]) discussed support for reverse trade missions and feasibility studies.
- Oumar Diaw (West Africa Power Pool [WAPP]) discussed plans for modernizing and further integrating the regional grid.
- Frederick Okang (GRIDCo in Ghana) spoke about efforts to reinforce the national grid and support regional interconnections, including smart grids.
- John Kidenda (PowerGen Renewable Energy) offered insights on the company’s market assessment strategies and business model.
The USG’s Power Africa Initiative includes 12 USG agencies and currently has partnerships with 17 bilateral and multilateral development assistance organizations and 145 companies. The Power Africa toolbox offers support in the areas of capacity development, financing, information resources, transaction assistance, policy and regulatory reform and grants. Its current goals include development of 30,000 megawatts (MW) of new power generation, 60 million new electrical connections, and leveraging $50 billion of private and non-USG public sector financing by 2030.
The ITA, a unit of the Commerce Department, has trade specialists who can assist U.S. companies in over 100 U.S. cities and 86 foreign countries. ITA: 1) provides country-specific export promotion services and market access advocacy; 2) develops and implements trade and investment policies; 3) enforces U.S. trade laws and trade agreements; 4) brings foreign buyers to the country to meet U.S. companies at major industry trade shows; 5) coordinates USG efforts for U.S. companies bidding on foreign government procurements; 6) helps resolve U.S. company complaints about unfair foreign public sector bidding processes; and 7) advises U.S. companies on multilateral development bank procurements.
USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building in developing countries. It also supports reverse trade missions to bring foreign project sponsors to observe the manufacturing and operation of U.S. products and services. USTDA services supported $4.9 billion in new U.S. exports and 28,000 U.S. jobs in U.S. fiscal year 2018.
In 2018, the 14 WAPP member countries transmitted 5,585 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of power across national borders. Its master plan called for development of 15 GW of power generation capacity between 2019 and 2033 (nearly 70 percent for renewable energy). WAPP’s roadmap for a competitive regional electricity market includes: 1) establishing an Information and Coordination Centre; 2) improving the financial standing of utilities, 3) loss reduction in distribution and transmission; 4) improving management information systems; and 5) incorporating advanced telecommunication infrastructure, hardware and software.
GRIDCo, a transmission asset owner and system operator in Ghana is a member of WAPP. Approximately 15 percent of its transmission substations in Ghana are fully automated, with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems providing real-time data. Currently, 60 percent of its ground wire is fiber optic, allowing two-way communications. GridCo’s investment pipeline for transmission lines and grid reinforcement is $235 million.
PowerGen Renewable Energy, provides engineering, procurement, and construction services for commercial and industrial energy storage and mini-grid developers in Africa. It has installed over 1 MW of solar power systems and 3 MWh of battery storage and raised over $15 million in project financing for installations in seven countries. PowerGen partners with major corporations and the U.S. Government. The company shared its experience on assessing potential markets and frameworks for alternative business models.
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