Tetra Tech provides technical assistance to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) partner countries worldwide to empower them on their journey toward sustainable energy development.

More than two-thirds of the developing world’s population lacks sufficient, accessible, affordable, and reliable energy. This is a primary impediment to one of USAID’s core objectives, poverty reduction. A modern energy sector underpins not only economic growth, but the expansion and improvement of services in all sectors of development, from food security and health to education and employment. Moreover, global energy demand is projected to rise by more than 70 percent by 2040, with nearly 90 percent of that growth expected from developing countries. To sustainably and affordably meet the growing energy demands of developing countries in the coming years requires overcoming numerous obstacles, particularly those that constrain investment.

As a proactive response, USAID is funding the Energy II indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract (IDIQ), aimed at addressing the global demand for and use of modern energy services by fostering sustainable energy development in USAID-assisted countries. As an Energy II IDIQ prime implementing partner, Tetra Tech will lead activities that address clean energy, access to electricity, and capacity building within energy sector institutions. Tetra Tech will provide USAID Missions, regional bureaus, and in-country stakeholders and partners with ready access to technical assistance and capacity building to manage the legal, regulatory, policy, governance, operational, financial, economic, and transactional components of improved energy sector performance and a strengthened enabling environment for private sector investment.

The work that Tetra Tech will perform under the Energy II IDIQ covers four technical themes: clean energy, energy poverty, energy sector governance and reform, and energy security. These themes are relevant to countries at varying levels of sector development as they encompass the preconditions needed to attract private sector investment and ensure increased access and the sustainability of services.

Clean Energy

Clean energy technologies—wind, solar, and energy efficiency—are becoming increasingly cost-effective and offer additional advantages, such as greater environmental sustainability through reduced pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; increased energy security and resilience by diversifying a country’s energy resource mix and increasing use of indigenous resources; improved energy access through distributed generation; and job creation in a high-growth sector. To capture these benefits, task orders will support countries to integrate and scale clean energy technologies.

Energy Poverty

Without access to modern, commercial energy, countries face poverty, social instability, and underdevelopment. Tetra Tech will support developing countries in their efforts to expand access to a steady, clean, and safe supply of electricity, supporting USAID’s goal of eradicating extreme poverty.

Energy Sector Governance and Reform

In countries that are open to it, Tetra Tech will support reform and restructuring of the energy sector, ensuring a clear legal framework and improving the accountability and transparency of authorities and institutions in the sector.

Energy Security

Tetra Tech will support countries in their efforts to increase energy security; develop measures that encourage diversification of energy types and supply sources; promote the use of sustainable domestic resources, such as renewable energy; reduce electricity demand through the application of energy efficiency and demand response measures; and facilitate better functioning of energy markets through greater regional integration and trade.