U.S. and Latvian Energy Sector Roundtable
May 22, 2013
By Gustav Plato

The U.S. Embassy, located in Riga, Latvia, led a Latvian energy sector delegation to the United States the week of April 08, 2013.  The U.S. Embassy's lead representative was Guntars Vičmanis, Commercial Assistant, within the Political/Economic Section.

Last Stop, Washington DC!

The U.S. Embassy, the Latvian Embassy in Washington and iiGrowth LLC developed a short energy sector roundtable program.

On the afternoon of April 12th, LatCham member, iiGrowth LLC's CEO, Gustav Plato, facilitated a discussion between U.S. energy sector representatives and a Latvian delegation companies. 

Ambassador Andris Razans kicked-off the meeting, welcomed the participants, and encouraged U.S. and Latvian representatives to engage in meaningful business and technical discussions.

The keynote presentation was delivered by David Cepla, Managing Director of Envergent, and Leo Rios, President of Hawaii 5-0. 

Envergent is a biofuel partnership between Honeywell and Ensyn.  Envergent provides a practical way to convert biomass to Rapid Thermal Processed (RTP - green) fuel used to produce renewable heat, generate green electricity.  They are also continuing development and are working on further upgrading to produce green transportation fuels.

Hawaii 5-0 is an Envergent partner. Leo Rios, discussed how Hawaii 5-0, in partnership with Envergent, has developed a unique solution for assured energy.  This includes combining the patented RTP process, with cyber and physical security. 

Steve Walz, Director of Regional Energy Planning for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) presented an overview of Virginia energy sector capabilities as well as interests in international markets. In addition, he discussed the many successful partnerships that NVRC has already been a part of over the last 10 years.

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