Associação Brasileira de Distribuidores de Energia Elétrica (ABRADEE) selects Vrinda to lead the Smart Grid Regulatory Roadmap Technical Assistance Project in Brazil. ABRADEE (Brazilian Association of Electric Energy Distributors) has selected a consortium of organizations to carry out the “Smart Grid Regulatory Roadmap Technical Assistance” project, which aims to analyze optimal regulatory scenarios aimed at supporting the implementation of smart grid equipment in Brazil. The consortium is led by Vrinda, a New York based Energy and Utility Strategy and operations consulting firm, PSR a Brazilian based global provider of consulting and technological solutions for the energy sector, The Brattle Group, a global economic consulting firm, and MAXeta ENERGY, a boutique US-based technical and regulatory consulting firm. The overall objective of the Smart Grid Regulatory Roadmap Technical Assistance project is to assess public policies and economic regulation models that could further facilitate investments and encourage the modernization of electricity distribution networks across Brazil. The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)-funded project will help shape the future of distribution networks in Brazil, through a broad discussion involving several stakeholders, which will result in the sustainable modernization of the Brazilian electricity sector, having as a guide continuous incentive for efficiency; optimization in the implementation of the innovative technologies; and services and greater consumer focus. Marcos Aurelio Madureira de Silva, President of ABRADEE emphasized that this “project is key for shaping regulatory framework to bring right investments towards the future of utility grid to support energy transition.” The project will bring international experience to Brazilian energy sector stakeholders. Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Director said, “USTDA’s assistance will support ABRADEE’s efforts to create an enabling environment for smart grid technologies. Ultimately, this effort will help transform how electricity is distributed to the majority of Brazil’s consumers. Our support for this activity reflects USTDA’s commitment to advancing smart and sustainable energy solutions in Brazil, in partnership with U.S. industry.” Navneet Trivedi, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Vrinda believes that Brazil is at the crossroads of significant energy transition and ABRADEE representing over 99% of utilities in Brazil is honest brokers to bring new models for smart grid deployments in Brazil. “This project will bring unique experiences from U.S. and international experts to shape future of grid modernization in Brazil.” Vrinda’ s long association with the Brazilian Utility Sector, deep U.S. and international utility sector experience will help ABRADEE develop a realistic framework for Smart Grid development in Brazil. Luiz Barroso, Chief Executive officer of PSR, believes that regulation is key to unlock the value that distributed energy resources and can bring in a digitalized grid, leveraging distribution service’s efficiency and improving price signals to final consumers." Ryan Hledik, Principal at The Brattle Group, noted that “the smart grid is the digital backbone of an efficient and modernized power system. We look forward to applying lessons we have learned from deployments around the U.S. and internationally in order to help advance the state of the Brazilian power grid.”


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About ABRADEE

ABRADEE is the Brazilian Electricity Distributors Association, which comprises 41 electricity distribution utilities, owned by eleven different economic groups, including large international and local integrated energy companies. ABRADEE associates serve almost 100% of the country’s roughly 85 million consumers and operate 3.8 million kilometers of networks.


About USTDA

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority infrastructure projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries. www.UTSTDA.gov


About Vrinda

Vrinda a New York based international strategy implementation firm helping clients deploy innovative business models to harness the full potential of emerging energy technologies. Vrinda leverages deep expertise in the clean energy and utility industry, real-world experience, and an extensive partners’ network to ensure success in every project. Vrinda brings experience in the energy and utilities sector and collaborates with policymakers, regulators, utilities, and technology providers to develop and implement business models associated with the expansion of distributed energy resources. (www.vrindainc.com)


About PSR


With over thirty years of experience and a highly international client base in over 70 countries, PSR is a globally leading provider of advanced analytical tools and consulting services in electricity and gas; and an active contributor to applied research on cutting-edge optimization solutions, energy policy and power system economics. Its team has 120 people, with advanced degrees in engineering, optimization, regulation, economics, energy systems and IT/data science. PSR customer base includes investors; regulators, market participants, traders, consumers, government, and development agencies; system operators and planning agencies; financial institution and lenders. For more information, please visit PSR.


About The Brattle Group

The Brattle Group answers complex economic, finance, and regulatory questions for corporations, law firms, and governments around the world. We are distinguished by the clarity of our insights and the credibility of our experts, which include leading international academics and industry specialists. Brattle has 500 talented professionals across four continents. For more information, please visit brattle.com​.​​​​​



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February 2022, The U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy created a Joint Office and announced to provide nearly $5 billion over the next five years to help states to build out a national electric vehicle charging network, an important step towards making electric vehicle (EV) charging accessible to all Americans; funds made available under the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program established by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

  • Apportionment of Funds:

A total of $5 billion for the NEVI Formula Program is appropriated over the period of fiscal years 2022 - 2026. For the FY22 only, the BIL sets aside up to $300 million for the DOE and DOT to establish the Joint Office, launching their new joint website DriveElectric.gov,

Initially, the funding under this Program is directed to designated Alternative Fuel Corridors for electric vehicles to build out this national network, particularly along the Interstate Highway System. These corridors will be the spine of the new national EV charging network. The Joint Office will play a key role in the implementation of the NEVI Formula Program by providing direct technical assistance and support to help states develop their plans before they are reviewed and approved by the Federal Highway Administration, which administers the funding. Then, once the National network is "fully built out", the funding may be used on any public road or any other public locations. For each year, the BIL sets aside 10% of EV Formula funding for grants for States and local governments who require additional assistance to strategically deploy the EV charging infrastructure. Also, for this year $15 million are allocated for FHWA Operations & Administration, therefore the available funding amount for states under the NEVI Program this year is $615 million.

  • Projects Requirements

Any EV charging infrastructure, either acquired or installed with NEVI Program funds, must be located along a designated Alternative Fuel Corridor, states should prioritize the projects along the Interstate Highway System. States, may also use NEVI funds elsewhere on designated corridors, along National Highway System, as needed, to ensure a reliable, convenient and affordable national EV charging network.


"Fully Built Out" criteria for the States:

- EV charging infrastructure is installed every 50 miles along the State's portion of Interstate Highway System within 1 mile travel of the interstate.

- EV charging infrastructure includes at least 4 - 150kW Fast Chargers with Combined Charging System (CCS) ports capable of simultaneously charging 4 EVs.

- EV charging Infrastructure has minimum station power capability at or above 600kW

  • Eligibility:

Even though, the NEVI Program funds are directed toward States only, the Program allows funds to be used to contract with private entities to acquire and install publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure and permits private entities to pay the non-Federal share of a project funded under the NEVI Formula program.

  • Deadlines to consider:

August 1, 2022 - Each State is required to develop a Plan and submit it to the Joint Office. States should work directly with the Joint Office during the Plan Development. The joint Office will provide Technical assistance to help ensure that State Plans comply with Program's Requirements and Guidelines.

By September 30, 2022 - FHWA will review with the Joint Office the Plans and will notify each State on the approval of their implementation Plan and obligation.




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Good News come in PAIRS. This week, Federal Transit Administration part of the Department of Transportation announced 2 Funding opportunities under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law ( BIL). The funds are allocated under two Programs: 1. Low or No Emission Grant Program and 2. Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program, the total amount of funds is almost 1.5 billion dollars.

The purpose of these Grants is:

1. The Low-No Program is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.

2.The Buses and Bus Facilities Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.

Eligibility:

The funds are designated to recipients as states, local governmental authorities, fixed-route bus operators, local governmental authorities that operate fixed- route bus service, and Indian tribes. Eligible subrecipients for Buses and Bus Facilities include all otherwise eligible applicants and also private nonprofit organizations engaged in public transportation.

The deadline for applications and proposals is May 31st, 2022, therefore we encourage all our clients, partners and potential customers to reach out to us to discuss the details on the Programs, the application and the proposals preparation and submission processes.

Vrinda team will be attending the 2 webinars hosted by FTA in order to provide more details and guidance on these opportunities. @vrindainc



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