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U.S., Brunei and Indonesia in clean energy program

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The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), supported by the Department of State, are establishing the Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Program at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok.

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The program will leverage the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership (USACEP) resources to catalyze private U.S. investment in the Asia-Pacific region by offering a range of tools, such as financing, insurance, project preparation and technical assistance support, while enhancing U.S.-Asia business partnerships.

To achieve the Partnership's goals, the United States has made available up to $6 billion in financing that will drive U.S. energy investments in the region and support economic growth and jobs at home.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Government of Brunei hosted a workshop on best practices for grid-connected solar PV projects, one of the first activities of the East Asian Summit Renewable and Alternative Power Workstream, a multi-year effort to increase private sector investments in renewable energy technologies in the region;

In October, Indonesia hosted an Asia-Pacific Conference on Clean, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Use of Energy in Bali.

The State Department and the Governments of Singapore and Brunei will co-host a minister-level conference on October 29 to advance connectivity in Asian power markets;

In April, USTDA led delegates from ASEAN countries to meet with U.S. utilities and U.S. government agencies that have implemented smart grid initiatives, as well as U.S. companies that provide smart grid solutions, leading to the preparation of new smart grid cooperation projects in several ASEAN countries.

The State Department and the Government of Indonesia co-hosted a conference in May for APEC and ASEAN representatives to discuss changing global gas markets, unconventional gas, and resource commercialization issues, following a USTDA-led and State Department-supported unconventional gas trade mission to the United States for Indonesian public and private sector officials.

DOE will launch the Sustainable Energy for Remote Indonesian Grids (SERIG) project to conduct technical and economic analysis to support the development of business cases for high-penetration renewable energy and energy efficient technologies to displace diesel generation on selected islands and remote grids, including the Winrock remote mini-grid project valued at $20 million.

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