Europe and Eurasia Regional District Energy Combined Heat and Power Orientation Visit

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) sponsored a visit to the United States for delegates of the Eurasian and Southeastern Europe District Energy/Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Orientation Visit from June 21, 2003 to June 27, 2003. The delegation was invited to view American technology in the district heating and combined heat and power sector.
TDA retained Global Marketing & Communications (GMC) to organize and execute the Orientation Visit (OV) which focused on the delegates’ participation at the district energy conference sponsored by the International District Energy Association (IDEA) in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. In addition to attending the IDEA conference, the delegation participated in site visits to various heating and power facilities in Philadelphia and Baltimore. GMC also organized meetings for four of the delegates to Washington, D.C. to meet with high-level officials at USAID.

Iraq Power Sector Orientation Visit

USTDA funded a 15-day Orientation Visit (OV) to the United States for twelve officials from the Iraq Power Sector. The delegation was comprised of ten representatives from the Iraq Ministry of Electricity (ME) and two from the Iraq Ministry of Oil (MOO).

The ME is responsible for planning, constructing, operating and maintaining the electric power system in Iraq. In addition, the ME works with the MOO on joint fuels coordination issues with regards to liquid fuels, natural gas infrastructure and the more effective use of natural gas in Iraq’s comprehensive energy development strategy. The ME is also working closely with U.S. Embassy Baghdad on an overall operations and maintenance (O&M) strategy. The delegates from ME and MOO were selected according to their participation in the Joint Fuels Committee and their roles in implementing an O&M strategy to develop the skilled managers necessary to maintain the new and upgraded power facilities.

China Power Plant Emissions Monitoring and Control Technologies Orientation Visit

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) sponsored an Orientation Visit (OV) to the U.S. for a delegation of government officials from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), Regional Environmental Monitoring Centers and the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC). The purpose of the OV was to support China’s increased efforts to improve the environment by addressing the technological needs for China to improve its capacity to monitor and control effectively harmful emissions from coal-fired power plants. The OV promoted U.S. exports by showcasing U.S. technology and service providers in power sector emissions monitoring and control technologies and complementing additional anticipated activities to be supported by USTDA and other U.S. government agencies under the Administration’s Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate (APPCDC) initiative.