Clean Energy Integration

For utilities around the globe grappling with the unique challenges of bringing additional renewable energy into the electric grid, nothing beats learning from the first-hand experiences of those who have already made the transition. 

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) works with The U.S. Energy Association (USEA) and its members to partner with global leaders in distributed power generation, distribution and transmission to promote flexible, reliable, and sustainable power.

As increasing amounts of variable renewable energy, such as solar and wind energy are integrated into the power grid, new technologies and business models are needed.  Utilities must select resources and equipment that will provide the lowest reasonable cost and best fit resources to meet customer needs based on system security requirements and economics with acceptable reliability.

USAID fosters partnerships with U.S. public and private sector partners and developing country partner utilities to tackle the changing energy landscape, integrating renewable energies, modernizing the electricity distribution grid and planning for new transmission.  

Utilities are facing a paradigm shift to more distributed generation. USAID’s grid integration work supports utilities on scaling up renewables to:

  • Improve reliability and stability
  • Increase energy security
  • Enhance economic efficiency
  • Develop strategies to improve customer relationships and integrate pro-sumer interactivity


How Does the Partnership Work?

Relationships fostered by the USEA’s EUPP catalyze direct working relationships between U.S. and partner country industry representatives and key decision-makers. Strategic partnerships engage with the private sector, regional organizations and partner country institutions to address challenges and barriers to scaling renewables.  EUPP simultaneously works with U.S. equipment, software and technology suppliers to share best practices to facilitate the seamless integration of utility-scale solar and wind generation onto the grid.



  • Simulated system restoration with solar and wind generation
  • Utility system modeling and real-time simulation of planned new transmission,wind, and solar projects
  • Interconnection requirements and real-time interconnection frequency support
  • Transmission system additions and upgrades
  • Economic dispatch principals and plans
  • Contingency analysis
  • Maintaining load-interchange-generation balance
  • Forecasting variable generation
  • Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models
  • Resource planning and optimization of best reserve generation
  • Dynamic stability studies
  • Adapting Automatic Generation Control (AGC) to manage high renewable resource penetrations
  • Addressing intermittency challenges in PPAs (Low voltage ride through standards and remote dispatch capabilities)
  • Net metering and management of distributed generation
  • Developing standardized PPAs for interconnection of large renewable energy to facilitate IPP development
  • Standard curtailment clauses and practices
  • Incorporating distributed energy into grid planning[U1] 
  • Reverse Auctions/Competitive Bidding



  • Power System Operators
  • Planning, Purchase, System Protection and Control Engineers
  • Day Ahead Schedulers/Traders
  • Transmission System Planners
  • Utility Executives and Decision-makers



  • Organize technical trainings and exchanges with U.S. industry experts and leading institutions to support grid integration of utility-scale solar and wind projects.
  • Arrange U.S. utility and industry short-term technical advisory expertise.
  • Foster business relationships to facilitate the integration of utility-scale renewable projects.


USAID has launched a new online hub of grid-integration resources for renewables with videos, technical tools, and policy resources focused on making the shift to solar and wind for base load power. The hub includes:  Lessons from renewables-leader Hawaii for utilities and policy-makers around the world, including many downloadable resources on three keys: a modernized grid, demand response, and strong policy.

Mar 16, 2017
Washington, DC

Efficiently and affordably capturing CO2 from utility scale power generation is a global challenge and a large potential market opportunity.  Conventional carbon capture technologies use power and represent an expense.  FuelCell Energy and ExxonMobil are advancing a novel application for installing carbonate fuel cells at combustion-based power plants to efficiently capture CO2 while simultaneously producing power from the fuel cells.  Affordable and scalable, fuel cell carbon capture is a potential game-changer. 

Jan 16, 2017
Dusseldorf, Germany

By assessing best practices in load forecasting in the German power sector, South Asian utility executives will be provided with tools to improve the quality of their electricity distribution and transmission operations and planning, as well as to assist them in the transition for expanded cross-border electricity trade.  The program will allow SARI/EI executives to learn from German best practices on how to develop load forecasts and maximize their benefits, as well as present opportunities for sharing experiences between Germany and South Asia.

From the Executive Director's Desk

USEA's Executive Director, Barry Worthington, discusses the state of the energy industry in 2016, and looking forward to 2017, expectations for the future of the industry

USEA in the News

"The most significant US energy policy update in a decade, the Energy Policy Modernization Act 2016, will be introduced into the new Congress in January 2017. With provisions for accelerated permitting for oil and gas drilling, construction of export LNG terminals, as well as energy efficiency standards and grid-integration of renewables, the outlook for US energy security is bright, according to Barry Worthington, Executive Director of the US Energy Association (USEA). He predicts that business, not policy, will be the major driver of decarbonisation." 


Women in Energy

The Women in Energy series is a joint project between USEA and USAID that was developed out of USEA’s Engendering Utilities Partnership, a program funded by USAID to improve gender policies and gender outcomes at their respective organizations.


USEA in the News

"Following what can only be called a monumental Presidential upset win by now-President-Elect Donald Trump, the American clean technology industry has offered the new leader its support and congratulations, in the hope that he won’t out-and-out dismantle all the hard work of the past decade."


To read the full article, click here.

Oct 31, 2016
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The 6th African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo C-6) will take place at the United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa Ethiopia from October 31st, 2016 to November 4th, 2016. Organized by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the aim of this biennial conference is to promote regional cooperation, create an information exchange platform on the exploration, development, investment and utilization of the geothermal resources in the region and elsewhere in the world.

Oct 19, 2016
USAID Reports
USEA Documents

DAKAR, SENEGAL – Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), participants representing various agencies within the Senegalese energy sector took part in a four-day workshop on renewable energy project planning and finance. Topics discussed include: renewable energy policy implementation, grid management/optimization for renewables, and best practices for standard Power Purchase Agreements (PPA).  Participants ranged from international attorneys, energy investors and engineers to local government officials. The workshop was conducted by the U.S.

USEA in the News

Photo Credit: Ted S. Warren, Assoicated Press

"Washington state is seeking to curb carbon emissions by posing a ballot initiative to voters that will allow them to decide whether or not polluters should pay for the greenhouse gases they produce. If passed, the tax would become the first of its kind in the nation.

USEA in the News

"Putting a price on carbon emissions remains a divisive topic in the USA, even as polls indicate considerable public support for actions to address climate change.

Voters in Washington state may show the way  Nov. 8 when they decide on a referendum that would assess a carbon tax on coal, oil and natural gas, a move aimed at lowering emissions that contribute to climate change without digging deeply into people’s wallets."