USAID/USEA Energy Technology and Governance Progam (ETAG)

The Energy Technology and Governance Program supports regional cooperation in network transmission and distribution system planning and operations through a suite of working groups populated by E&E transmission and distribution utilities. The ETAG programs introduce U.S and European planning methodologies and standards to assist the Black Sea and South East European countries adopt a harmonized approach with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for electricity (ENTSO-e), as well as its gas counterpart, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for gas (ENTSO-g). The ETAG working groups develop shared regional network planning models, exchange system data and conduct regional network analysis to incentivize investment in networks to support cross-border border trade.  

ETAG assists countries in the region to strengthen their cyber defense and improve network resiliency in light of the increasingly threatening digital environment and improve the quality of distribution services through technical studies to make local networks more robust.

ETAG programs work at the regional level to standardize market and energy system integration based on U.S. best practices and European standards as well as, at the local level to improve utility operations.

ETAG Programs

Black Sea

Black Sea Transmission Planning Project (BSTP)

Objectives:

Develops and maintains regional electricity network planning models to support development of Black Sea infrastructure, regional electricity trade and electricity trade between the Black Sea region and Europe.  Supports transfer and adoption of European network planning and operational practices to accelerate integration with ENTSO-E

Black Sea

Southeast Europe Cooperation Initiative Transmission System Planning Project (SECI)

Objectives:

(2001 – 2017) Develops and maintains regional electricity network planning models to support development of Black Sea infrastructure, regional electricity trade and electricity trade between the Black Sea region and Europe. 

Black Sea

Electricity Market Initiative

Objectives:

Established in June to 2018 to reduce “seams” between domestic electricity markets in Southeast Europe, encourage deeper and more liquid wholesale electricity trade and accelerate development of clean and efficient generation

Black Sea

Utility Cyber Security Initiative (UCSI)

Objectives:

Regional working group improving cyber threat detection and management; strengthening defense against attack; and enhancing network resiliency. 

Black Sea

Southeast Europe Distribution System Operator Security of Supply Working Group

Objectives:

To assist the electric distribution companies in Southeast Europe to improve the security of supply on the “last mile of service”.

Black Sea

Eastern Europe Natural Gas Partnership (EE-NGP)

Objectives:

Promote regional cooperation in natural gas network planning and Support regional harmonization of natural gas transmission planning methodologies and operational principles 

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