a CESI company
, today announced it has been awarded a U.S.
Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
-funded Smart Grid Study project
to support Côte
d’Ivoire Énergies (CI-ENERGIES)
in improvements to the Côte d’Ivoire

The Smart Grid Study will benchmark global best practices for reducing
electricity losses globally, analyze the losses in the Ivorian
electricity system, and develop a full “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 have engaged EnerNex’s technical assistance on the best
solutions 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 the leader of the West African Economic and 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 their solid operational and technical
advancements among the different segments of the Ivorian electricity
system which will enable overall efficiency to be higher than 87 percent
by 2020,” said Aaron
, EnerNex Director of 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 and 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 will increase the reliability and efficiency of Côte d’Ivoire’s
energy network and provide opportunities for U.S. companies to
participate in the sector.”

“USTDA is committed to infrastructure investments that will drive the
growth of the Ivoirian economy,” said Thomas R. Hardy, USTDA’s Acting
Director. “Our Agency’s study will help modernize the country’s grid by
utilizing American engineering expertise and create new opportunities
for U.S. smart grid firms to enter this dynamic market.”

“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,” said Mr. Amidou Traoré, Director
General of CI-ENERGIES. “This study conducted by EnerNex is part of the
strategy of the electricity sector which aims to modernize its network
by integrating smart grid functionalities.”

About EnerNex

EnerNex, a CESI company, is a leader in providing engineering,
consulting, and research services to the electric power industry
worldwide. Founded in 2003, the company is focused on helping our
clients understand, adopt and leverage new and emerging electric power
technologies to advance a cleaner, smarter energy system of the future.

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