USAID Releases US$3mn Clean Energy RFA

Tuesday, March 14, 2000

he United States Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday released a US$3mn Request for Application (RFA) to support Brazil's USAID-assisted clean energy program.

USAID anticipates the RFA's term will be three years, with US$3mn expected to be available for award to one recipient. USAID will award a cooperative agreement by September 15 to a US and/or Brazilian public or private entity to continue and expand efforts to increase the adoption of clean and efficient energy production processes, USAID contracting officer Jose Zenteno told earlier this month.

Through the RFA, USAID will continue to promote clean and efficient energy production target policies, increase information access to market-based mechanisms for operating and financing clean and efficient energy production, and increasing financing and increasing technology cooperation between US and Brazilian firms.

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Brazil is Latin America's largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter, having increased CO2 emissions 20% between 1991-1995.

Brazil's energy sector and economy, US renewable energy and energy efficiency technology companies and an estimated 20 million people scattered in 60,000 rural communities and under-served by traditional energy sources would benefit from the cooperative agreement, according to USAID.