Skipping Stone and Experient will team with the USTDA to conduct a one week reverse trade mission on energy efficiency and power generation for the water and wastewater (W&WW) sectors for several Caribbean and Latin American countries.
Approximately 15 representatives, including executives from water, waste water, power utility sectors and regulatory authorities from Belize, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Panama, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname, as well as representation from the local U.S. Department of Commerce at the U.S. Embassies.
Water and wastewater treatment plants are among the leading utility-level consumers of electricity in these two sub-regions. In some emerging economies, electricity costs can represent up to 40 percent of a water or wastewater utility’s total operating costs, which then either has to be absorbed by the government or passed along to consumers. Such costs can significantly affect the financial condition of water and wastewater utilities, whereas important cost savings are possible for utilities seeking to reduce electricity consumption through the adoption of new energy efficiency measures and technologies.
The RTM is slated to be conducted for one week this summer in Washington, DC, Columbus, Ohio and Atlanta, Georgia.