Improving Utility Performance And ENERGY SECURITY By Enhancing Institutional Knowledge

The Energy Utility Partnership Program (EUPP) is a cooperative initiative between the United States Energy Association and the United States Agency for International Development under the Bureau for Resiliency, Environment, and Food Security (REFS). EUPP works around the world to promote energy security and clean energy access by providing capacity building to local utilities.

The EUPP team strengthens the capacity of utility executives and employees in USAID-assisted countries to:

  • Effectively manage and operate power systems, 
  • Run financially viable businesses, 
  • Increase energy access;
  • Design off-grid power sources, and
  • Integrate sustainable energy resources into their power grids.

By bringing countries together and encouraging knowledge sharing of global best practices, EUPP provides emerging markets with access to U.S. public and private sector expertise and technical assistance. These partnerships between the U.S. and energy sector companies, and agencies and organizations within USAID-assisted countries expedite the transfer of private sector, market-based approaches in utility operation and management, regulation, and environmental improvement. 

This transfer of information enables country partners to improve management efficiency, achieve economic pricing, increase revenue collection, privatize utility functions, enhance employee productivity, and operate within a regulatory environment. These partnership activities are conducted through executive exchanges, training sessions, technical assistance using industry experts, in-country workshops and conferences. Click on the countries below to see our current activities. 

Countries Where EUPP Works


Asia & Middle East


Central America

South America

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3) Energy Division supports the Energy Utility Partnership Program (EUPP) through a Cooperative Agreement with the United States Energy Association (USEA).  EUPP promotes energy security, access to renewable energy and the transition to a cleaner global energy economy. 

Strategic partnerships assist developing countries to increase energy security, expand environmentally sustainable energy production and use, improve operational efficiency and increase financial viability of utilities and related institutions.  The program enables emerging markets to access U.S. public and private sector expertise and technical assistance.

Utility Partnerships

The EUPP, in consultation with USAID, facilitates strategic partnerships between U.S., third country and developing country partner utilities to share best practices.  Typically, a partnership is established for a two-year period, in which 3-4 executive exchanges are made per year, divided between the U.S. and overseas partners.

Once partners have been selected, the participating organizations will execute a work plan of activities to address priority objectives of the non-U.S. utility and the interests of the U.S. utility partner. Three or four specific issue areas will be identified and addressed during the partnership.   Technical exchanges between partners are the principal activities of the partnership program. EUPP can support a wide variety of operational, policy & technology executive exchanges. 

Partnerships between U.S. and developing country partner utilities identify specific objectives that directly support the goal of USAID to promote the transition to a low-emission, climate resilient world while expanding global access to sustainable energy.

To help assure increased sustainable energy production and use in developing countries, EUPP will focus on such topics as:

  • Generation
  • Transmission
  • Distribution
  • Utility Scale Renewable Energy Planning
  • Grid Integration of Variable Renewable Energy
  • Real-time system modelling and simulation training
  • Grid Modernization
  • Energy Sector Reform
  • Energy Markets
  • Loss Reduction and Metering
  • Integrated Resources Planning
  • Customer Service
  • Billing
  • Operations
  • Change Management
  • Gender Policy
  • Reverse Auctions/Competitive Bidding

For more information on the EUPP, please click here to contact Marjorie Jean-Pierre.

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