USAID Hands over $1.4M in Equipment to Strengthen Central Asia’s Regional Power Sector

January 10, 2024, Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over $1.4 million worth of modern energy sector management equipment and software to the Coordinating Dispatch Center (CDC) Energia in Tashkent. The official handover ceremony showcased cutting-edge technology which will allow CDC Energia’s dispatchers to display relevant information for maintaining the region’s energy regime.

This investment will enhance Central Asia’s ability to manage and monitor electricity flows to ensure the stability of the power grid and foster increased opportunities for regional electricity trade. It will also modernize the work of CDC Energia as a regional System Operator, which faces an increasing number of challenges in connection with the intensive integration of renewable energy sources and the introduction of the electricity and capacity market in Central Asia.

The Deputy Minister of Energy of Uzbekistan, Akmal Jumanazarov, U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan Jonathan Henick, USAID/Uzbekistan Mission Director David Hoffman and the Head of Coordination Dispatch Center Energia, Khamidilla Shamsiev, opened the ceremony which was attended by other high-level ministerial representatives and key energy sector stakeholders.

U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan Jonathan Henick and Khamidilla Shamsiev, Technical Team Lead USAID Power Central Asia are cutting the red ribbon.

In his remarks, Ambassador Henick emphasized Uzbekistan’s prominent role in the region’s energy sector: “Uzbekistan plays a vital role in the region due to its central geographical location, abundant energy resources, and key infrastructure. As Central Asia’s power system expands and becomes more complex, innovative solutions are imperative for energy sector development planning. Together, we are creating the foundation for a sustainable future to address the complex challenges of the energy transition.”

U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan Jonathan Henick giving an interview for media outlets.

This delivery of modern and vital equipment is possible through USAID’s flagship regional energy project, Power Central Asia. With a total budget of $39 million over a five-year period, the project aims to improve the performance of the energy sector, expedite clean energy development, and enhance energy security and resiliency through greater regional connectivity and expanded cross-border electricity trade. Through this project alone, USAID has leveraged $2.2 billion in clean energy investments and facilitated the installation of 2,241 megawatts of clean energy capacity across Central Asia to date.

The equipment’s installation is a significant step to achieving a more resilient and efficient energy landscape in Uzbekistan and the broader region, aligning with the high-level priorities outlined in the joint decree by the presidents of the United States and all five Central Asian states – Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. As expressed in their joint decree, “Through C5+1 programs such as USAID Power Central Asia, the United States and Central Asian states will unlock the economic benefits of regional clean energy trade and a clean economy future.”

***

USAID is the world’s leading international development agency and a catalyst for achieving development results. For more information, visit: https://www.usaid.gov/uzbekistan and USAID Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USAIDUzbekistan.