The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has offered technical assistance to Vietnam's state-owned electric power utility, Electricity of Vietnam Central Power Corporation (EVNPC) in modernizing its enterprise architecture for smart grid development.

Responding to rapid electricity demand growth, particularly in central Vietnam, EVNCPC is developing an overall information technology (IT) and smart grid strategy, including an implementation plan and investment schedule, to improve the quality of supply and service to its customers.

The technical assistance will provide detailed recommendations to automate and upgrade IT systems in order to integrate smart grid applications that can help EVNCPC efficiently manage its operations and business processes.

EVNCPC CEO Tran Dinh Nhan signed the grant agreement along with Commercial Counselor Elizabeth Shieh of the U.S. General Consulate Ho Chi Minh City. Commercial Counselor Shieh emphasized the United States’ interest in strengthening support for the development of Vietnam’s energy industry.

Tran Dinh Nhan said: “This study will undoubtedly help Vietnam’s power sector become more effective and efficient. It will serve as the basis for expanded industrial production in Vietnam, particularly in central Vietnam, leading to better living standards for the Vietnamese people.”

This project builds upon USTDA’s previous efforts to help its Vietnamese partners identify and deploy smart grid solutions. Combined with the ongoing efforts of U.S. companies, it will increase trade ties between the U.S. and Vietnam.