Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 7, 2011


At the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, President Obama invited all governments, international organizations, private industry, and civil society to deepen Inter-American collaboration by joining the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). Today, ECPA is comprised of more than 40 initiatives and projects led by the United States and other Western Hemisphere governments and civil society institutions, with the support of the Organization of American States, Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and others. For more information about ECPA, please visit www.ecpamericas.org.

In support of ECPA, the U.S. Department of State and USAID announce an open competition for U.S.-based nonprofit organizations and universities. Up to $5.5 million will be available to promote electrical interconnection and cross-border trade in electricity in Central America as well as in the Andes; clean energy in the Americas; and an Andean Glacier and Water Resources Monitoring Network to promote modeling and information sharing on how glacial retreat will impact water security. The full competition announcement can be accessed at: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=w6GXNp2Dphz16ZTL4pTpJ3C1rd12rXQg9PzPxchpKJWybQfzzK97!756542808?oppId=97744&mode=VIEW



PRN: 2011/917