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EnerNex helps USTDA support Côte d’Ivoire smart grid project

Steve Rogerson
July 9, 2019

Tennessee energy consultancy EnerNex has been awarded a US Trade & Development Agency (USTDA)-funded smart grid study project contract to support Côte d’Ivoire Énergies (CI-Energies) in improvements to the Côte d’Ivoire grid.
The study will benchmark best practices for reducing electricity losses globally, analyse the losses in the Ivorian electricity system, and develop a loss reduction strategy and implementation plan, while considering the objectives of energy growth and integration of renewable energies into the Cote d’Ivoire’s energy mix.
CI-Energies has engaged EnerNex’s technical assistance on the best ways to reduce losses in the power system of Côte d’Ivoire in support of the technical and commercial performance of the Ivoirian electricity sector.
Côte d’Ivoire is in the West African Economic & Monetary Union (WAEMU) zone. Its ambition is to become an emerging country by 2020, thanks to a strong economic growth and the development of all sectors of the economy. The goal is to improve, ultimately, the standard of living by adopting measures and reforms to accelerate people’s access to basic goods and services.
“We commend CI-Energies for its solid operational and technical advancements among the different segments of the Ivorian electricity system which will enable overall efficiency to be higher than 87 per cent by 2020,” said Aaron Snyder, EnerNex director of grid technology consulting. “We thank USTDA and CI-Energies for giving us the opportunity to build upon and learn from the Ivorian experts and we look forward to strengthening the grid to achieve the goal of this study.”
This award follows the USTDA announcement in July 2018 of its re-opening in Côte d’Ivoire to support Ivoirian economy and infrastructure development, including the grant to the Ministry of Economy & Finance and Ministry of Energy through Côte d’Ivoire Energies to create a loss reduction strategy, which will reduce transmission and distribution losses and integrate smart technologies into the Ivoirian electricity system. Doing so should increase the reliability and efficiency of Côte d’Ivoire’s energy network and provide opportunities for US companies to participate in the sector.
“USTDA is committed to infrastructure investments that will drive the growth of the Ivoirian economy,” said Thomas Hardy, USTDA’s acting director. “Our agency’s study will help modernise the country’s grid by utilising American engineering expertise and create new opportunities for US smart grid firms to enter this dynamic market.”
Amidou Traoré, director general of CI-Energies, added: “CI-Energies thanks the US government through USTDA for its commitment to support the electricity sector and to make the Ivorian power system more efficient by reducing losses. This study conducted by EnerNex is part of the strategy of the electricity sector which aims to modernise its network by integrating smart grid functionalities.”
CESI subsidiary EnerNex provides engineering, consulting, and research services to the electric power industry worldwide. Founded in 2003, the company is focused on helping its clients understand, adopt and leverage new and emerging electric power technologies to advance a cleaner, smarter energy system of the future.