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“The Lab:” A multinational innovation for a global challenge

  OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield traveled to London in June to join the launch of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, a group of public and private sector leaders from around the world brought together by the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI). “The Lab” is a public-private initiative that seeks to leverage the tools of private investment to Read more…

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Video: Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact

Eight OPIC projects that are making a difference around the world.

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Impressive solar energy focus helps OPIC bolster U.S.-Chile relations

When Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet met with President Obama at the White House June 30, one of the topics the two leaders discussed was energy cooperation between the United States and Chile. “We’re both very interested in energy, and how we can transition to a clean-energy economy,” said President Obama. “We’ll be announcing some collaborations including the facilitation of construction Read more…

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The little document that makes a big difference in project finance: Why a Bankable PPA helps private investment in African power

One of the ways OPIC supports President Obama’s Power Africa initiative – in addition to providing loans and insurance to help build new power plants – is by sharing its extensive experience doing business in emerging markets. The Agency has supported multiple large-scale power projects in Africa and understands the hurdles to successful development. One document OPIC helped develop to Read more…

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Momentum builds around the world for Power Africa initiative

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield will join a large group of senior U.S. and African officials this week at the U.S.-Africa Energy Ministerial (AEM) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to talk about the progress that has been made to date on President Obama’s Power Africa initiative and the path forward. The event is one of a series of gatherings Read more…

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“My unique connection to Power Africa:” OPIC’s Alemayehou featured in USAID newsletter

In the summer of 2013, President Obama announced the Power Africa initiative, designed to help African countries responsibly develop extensive energy resources with the aid of private sector investors. OPIC committed up to $1.5 billion in financing to support this endeavor, in keeping with the agency’s longstanding history of supporting projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou, Read more…

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Big visions, greater rewards – a look at the OPIC Impact Awards

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Office of External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation It’s hard to believe that the inaugural OPIC Impact Awards ceremony, which was held Tuesday, March 11, has already come and gone. I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase all that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation embodies than by honoring the outstanding work of several Read more…

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Featured Photo: ContourGlobal’s Togo power plant, winner of OPIC’s Impact Award for Critical Infrastructure

Inside the 100 megawatt Lomé Thermal Power Plant in Togo, which was completed in 2010 with the support of OPIC financing and political risk insurance. The project was one of the largest investments ever made in the Republic of Togo and it succeeded in tripling the country’s energy generation capacity and significantly reducing rolling blackouts. During the Impact Awards ceremony Read more…

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Shining a light on Africa’s future

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Office of External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation There is a popular satellite photo of the earth at nighttime that really captures the severity of Africa’s power shortages. While much of the rest of the world shines brightly, the African continent sits mostly in darkness. It is easy to look at that image and conclude Read more…

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Getting to dawn in Sub-Saharan Africa: OPIC’s Whalen on the changing investment climate on the continent

OPIC Vice President, Structured Finance, Michael Whalen wrote about Africa’s energy deficit in Project Finance International’s 2014 Yearbook, where he said that an improving investment climate and the U.S. Power Africa initiative have created momentum for increased electrification “after years of missed opportunities.” “For a long time global appetite for project finance in Africa was strongly concentrated in natural resource Read more…

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