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USTDA Supports Brazil Smart Grid Communications, Opportunities for U.S. Industry

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SAO LUIS, Brazil, Sept. 19 -- The U.S. Trade and Development Agency issued the following news release:

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to develop a smart grid telecommunications support plan for Brazilian energy and utility investment company Grupo Equatorial Energia. The plan will help improve the delivery of electricity to more than 2.4 million customers in the state of Maranhao.

"Smart grid telecommunications hold new and continued promise, and we are eager to play a leading role in this development in Brazil," said USTDA Acting Director Thomas R. Hardy. "This project will open commercial opportunities for U.S. companies while supporting reliable power and economic growth for millions of people."

USTDA is providing technical assistance in partnership with Equatorial Energia to define the telecommunications vision, architecture and build-out plan to support Companhia Energetica do Maranhao (CEMAR), Equatorial Energia's electric power subsidiary. The results will also be adapted for Equatorial's other distribution companies in Para, Piaui, and Alagoas.

Equatorial Energia's Corporate Distribution Director Servio Tulio emphasized the company's alignment with global technology trends through this technical assistance. "Grupo Equatorial Energia sees in this partnership with USTDA a way to enable the improvement of its telecommunication and automation processes, which are essential for the evolution of the distribution network towards a smart grid. This partnership is an important step towards directing the company's efforts to further modernize its operations and assets and serve the customer more quickly and safely," he said.

U.S. businesses interested in submitting proposals for this USTDA-funded technical assistance should visit the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website at A link to the FBO announcement will be posted to USTDA's website at

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.


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