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U.S. extends wind energy taproots into Zambia

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A U.S. trade division said it awarded a $1 million grant to support a feasibility study for the development of a 130 megawatt wind farm in Zambia.

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Zambia relies on hydroelectricity for nearly all of its energy needs, which left the country with severe energy shortages because of low rainfall over recent years.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency said it was extending the reach for potential U.S. goods while alleviating energy concerns in Zambia with its grant for project developer Access Power and EREN Renewable Energy, an independent power producer.

"USTDA is pleased to support this important project that will help diversify Zambia's energy generation mix," Acting Director Thomas R. Hardy said in a statement.

U.S. President Donald Trump has prioritized the coal, oil and natural gas sectors at home as part of a nationalist economic policy.

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal last week, the administration said coal was making a comeback both at home at abroad, noting "that U.S. coal exports are rising to countries that claim climate-change virtue."

The USTDA explained its goal was to create U.S. jobs by exporting U.S. goods to emerging economies.

Access Power, which has headquarters in the United Arab Emirates, said it would look for a U.S. company to complete a study for the potential wind energy program i Zambia.

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