Skipping Stone served as the Technical Advisor to the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) for a reverse trade mission (RTM) on electricity grid level energy storage for the country of Jordan from Sunday, March 13th through Saturday March 19th, 2016. USTDA acts as an economic development engine for the US Government to the developing world, reporting directly to the White House. These RTMs are designed to feature US Smart Grid technologies for export to identified energy infrastructure projects in targeted countries and regions of the world experiencing high electricity growth potential and electrification for the first time. USTDA is proud to state that these programs have historically been quite successful demonstrating $76 of US exports for every taxpayer dollar invested.
The Jordan Energy Storage RTM delegation of 12 included the Jordanian Energy Ministry (including the Minister himself), the electricity regulator; NEPCO, the Jordanian government owned electricity transmission company; and the three privately held electricity distribution companies of JEPCO, EDCO and IDECO. The itinerary for the RTM included four US cities starting in Washington, DC, where the delegation heard presentations from the US Department of Energy, the US Energy Storage Association, USTDA and the US Department of Commerce on the latest energy storage technologies and research followed by an international financing roundtable discussion.
On Tuesday the delegation traveled to Cumberland, Maryland, to see an AES installation of a 10 MW Lithium Ion grid scale energy storage facility providing services in the PJM wholesale electricity market. From there the delegation traveled with Skipping Stone to San Francisco where the they met with the California Public Utilities Commission, energy storage experts at Pacific Gas & Electric and a number of cutting edge energy storage technology providers including grid scale flow batteries, flywheels and energy storage control software.
The RTM concluded in Los Angeles where the delegation met with additional US Smart Grid suppliers and finally with the energy storage experts at Southern California Edison.
Skipping Stone’s role in the RTM included arranging all of the US supplier, regulatory and utility meetings, facilitating the technical and business discussions between the parties on the RTM and assessing the US export potential for the energy storage projects in Jordan.