Puerto Rico Consultations on Microgrid Regulation

May 1, 2019 - May 4, 2019

On May 1-3, CLDP, in partnership with the Department of Energy, organized consultations for a delegation from Honduras and Guatemala in Puerto Rico to learn more about Puerto Rico’s Microgrid regulations and the market for microgrids. The delegation met with Sandia National Labs, the Puerto Rico Energy Commission, the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), the National Energy Renewable Labs, and local Microgrid developers. The delegation also toured a community microgrid site developed in partnership with Sandia Labs.

Sandia Labs and the consultants from the San Salvador microgrid project focused on how microgrids can help improve economic development, create jobs, and actually prevent migration. After Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, many Puerto Ricans moved to the mainland as the lack of electricity cost jobs. By improving electricity quality, reliability and resiliency, microgrids can improve economic opportunities for local populations.

Resiliency was a key issue for investors in the wake of Hurricane Maria to ensure that expensive machinery would be able to operate with minimal downtime. One of the ways to keep investors in Puerto Rico was through developing the microgrid regulations that would allow manufacturers and business parks to have their own grids. The delegation was interested in PRIDCO’s business model as it could be a solution for Honduras’s textile manufacturing industry, but at the same time, raised concern about “stealing” ENEE’s best customers away from them. PRIDCO explained how they conducted market soundings and worked with the different stakeholders to create the RfPs for the industrial parks.

One of the important outcomes was that both the Vice Minister and the Commissioner recognized that microgrids can apply to more than just the rural context, particularly for smart grid and resiliency purposes, but will need guiding regulations to ensure the financial solvency of ENEE and the traditional grid infrastructure.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop