Patrick Wall, Principal Commercial Official, U.S. Consulate General, opened a clean energy conference themed “Smart Solutions for Vietnam” on May 15, 2015. The conference was co-organized by the U.S. Commercial Service and Vietnam Investment Review (VIR), with primary sponsorship by General Electric (GE).
“The United States and Vietnam have developed an extensive and growing partnership in recent years to bring clean, renewable energy to the market to meet Vietnam’s growing demand for sustainable power,” said Mr. Wall.
Representatives from U.S. governmental agencies, financial organizations, investors included USAID, USTDA, IFC, OPIC, Dragon Capital, General Electric, Black & Veatch, and their Vietnamese counterparts, such as the Vietnam Energy Association, PECC3/EVN, ERAV, Cong Ly, and HBRE joined the discussion.
As the primary sponsor for the event, GE also shared their innovative technologies and solutions for wind power as well as distributed power, including biomass and waste-to-energy. At a grant signing ceremony earlier in the year, USTDA provided funding of nearly US$ 1 million for a feasibility study for phase three of the Bac Lieu wind farm project in the Mekong Delta for which GE has sold to date 62 advanced wind turbines. GE also sold 14 turbines in Phase I of the Tay Nguyen wind farm project, located in Dak Lak province.
“This conference is the latest example of the growing cooperation between our two countries in the area of clean energy development,” added Patrick Wall.