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Smart Grid Reverse Trade Mission – February 2012

The U.S. Commercial Service from the American Embassy in Bucharest joined forces with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and organized a trade mission focused on Smart Grid technologies between January 30 and February 8, 2012.

A senior delegation from Romania travelled to the United States in a ten-day tour of key U.S. energy organizations and facilities, and reported highly favourable results for cooperation on development of Smart Grids in Romania. 

The delegation was headed by Mr. Alexandru Sandulescu, General Director of the Ministry of Economy Trade and Business Environment.  He was accompanied by senior representatives from the national power grid operator Transelectrica, power utility Electrica, market operator OPCOM and the design and research institute ISPE. The delegation was accompanied by Commercial Specialist Maria Nitoiu of the U.S. Commercial Service from the American Embassy in Bucharest.

The delegation met in Washington D.C. with senior representatives of key governmental organizations, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce, the National Institute for Standards and Technology and U.S. Exim Bank.

The highlight of the visit to the U.S. was the opportunity to meet directly with U.S. companies directly engaged in development of Smart Grid technologies.  The delegation met with several U.S. providers, including GE, Lockheed Martin, IBM, Cisco, OSI Soft, Pike Enterprises, HP, Honeywell and Cap Gemini.

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