U.S. to support Colombia smart grid development

USTDA awarded a $463,944 subsidy to help design and implement the smart grid system

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded Colombia's power grid operator XM a grant for the design of an intelligent supervision and advanced control (iSAAC) system for the nation's grid.

USTDA awarded a $463,944 subsidy to help design and implement the smart grid system, which will increase XM's ability to reliably meet electricity demand and respond in real time to adverse events, XM said in a statement.

The technical assistance project will be carried out by the consulting arm of energy and telecom contracting services provider Quanta Services.

In 2012 the USTDA awarded a similar size grant to Mexican energy regulator CRE to support development of a regulatory framework for smart grid implementation, to be carried out by U.S. contractor ESTA International.

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