The nation faces a critical need to "overcome a number of serious problems" related to economic development and growing energy needs, particularly because of its "strong dependence on energy imports," the Obama Administration has concluded.
Consequently, it has launched a project to increase "competitiveness and energy security" while reducing "greenhouse gas emissions via greater clean energy investments" across the nation.
Across the nation of Macedonia, that is.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will devote an unspecified amount of funding for the Competitiveness through Clean Energy Investment – Industrial Management Project.
USAID acknowledged in the document that an "important influence on Macedonian energy policy" is the country‘s objective of becoming accepted into the European Union. According to a project Statement of Work, the agency will hire a contractor over the next 3-4 years to:
(1) Recruit Macedonian industry particpation;
(2) Provide energy management and efficiency systems to selected businesses;
(3) Train various sectors in the use of such systems; and:
(4) Promote energy management across the nation by attending industry association meetings and holding workshops "to engage industry, local consultants, and the financial community."
Source document: Solicitation #SOL-165-12-000005.