October 1, 2020, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan – The United States government through its Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of a new five year, $38.9 million regional energy program, USAID’s Power Central Asia, that will assist the five Central Asian countries—Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan—to meet their national energy priorities, reap economic benefits from cross-border energy trading, and improve energy security through greater regional connectivity.
USAID’s Power Central Asia will assist national governments, utilities, and other stakeholders to develop domestic energy market reforms, help strengthen the regional electricity market, and promote greater adoption of clean energy technologies from conventional and renewable sources. The program will assist Central Asian countries to balance hydropower generation needs with other water management priorities. USAID will also help to ensure the safe management of sensitive data generated during the program.
Over the past decade, USAID played a pivotal role in laying the foundation for an economically viable market-based regional power system in Central Asian countries. USAID has also strengthened regulatory frameworks to enable renewable energy development, energy efficiency improvements, digitalization of the power sector, and cybersecurity enhancements.
USAID’s Power Central Asia will work with a range of local and regional partners to build local capacity, facilitate cooperation, and support market-based solutions from the private sector.
USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. For more information, visit: https://www.usaid.gov/central-asia-regional and USAID’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USAIDCentralAsia.