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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Chile Strives for Reliable, Sustainable, Inclusive and Affordable Energy Matrix

The Government of Chile has set an ambitious agenda to improve energy access for its people. The goals of this national energy agenda include reducing marginal system costs by 30%, lowering prices in household supply tenders by 25%, and expanding non-conventional renewable energy so that it represents 20% of the energy mix within the next 10 years.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Connect 2022 Addresses Life Changing Potential of Biofuels

According to the Inter-American Development Bank, power generation in Latin America and the Caribbean needs to double by 2030 in order to keep pace with growth. Currently, more than 31 million people in the region do not have access to electricity, and the International Energy Association estimates the region’s power sector needs more than $700 billion in investments. With this picture in mind, the Connecting the Americas 2022 (Connect 2022) initiative, set a 10-year goal of interconnecting the Western Hemisphere with affordable electricity.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dominican Republic and ECPA to lead regional energy education efforts

Much has been discussed about the need to foster and enhance energy education and literacy to ensure the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies, especially among younger generations. In the Caribbean region, the ECPA Sustainable Energy Capacity Building Initiative (SECBI) seeks to empower energy science education to develop critical thinking skills required for today’s labor market and future economies.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

ECPA Addresses Climate Science Metrology Challenges in the Caribbean

Improved measurement in scientific research and development associated with climate science and renewable energy is a valuable policy implementation tool. It allows countries to better assess the effects of their climate change policies, establish realistic goals and understand the true value of expanding the share of renewables in the energy mix. By strengthening the use of internationally recognized standards and measurements, the countries in the Americas are better equipped to effectively address climate change and advance low carbon economic growth.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

ECPA Energy Efficiency Working Group concludes current phase with a round of regional Meetings

After four years of successful implementation, the Energy Efficiency Working Group, one of ECPA’s most dynamic initiatives, completes its first implementing phase which focused on fostering energy efficiency in multiple sectors by working hand in hand with diverse stakeholders. This group’s activities have set the ground to establish a framework for cooperation that will further investment in energy efficiency at the national and regional levels under the ECPA umbrella.
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Monday, March 30, 2015

OAS and DR technical specialists seek to create awareness on the use of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the country

A technical mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Dominicans that is working together in the development of an educational and awareness program in renewable energy and energy efficiency in Dominican Republic met this Thursday with institutions linked to the sector in the Dominican Republic to identify the contents and strategies to be developed for teaching the subject in schools of the country.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Advancing Sustainable Development through Efficient Weatherization

Low-income households in the Americas use a considerable portion of their earnings to pay for energy, especially electricity. Adequate energy efficiency measures in homes to make them resilient to weather has considerable potential to lower these costs, make energy bills more affordable and favorably impact families’ quality of life. Energy retrofits in low-income households have proven remarkably effective in saving energy, improving family health, safety and overall quality of life, curbing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating new “green” jobs.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ECPA Energy Efficiency Initiative in Municipal Buildings Implemented in Brazil, Chile and Trinidad and Tobago

The project in Goiânia, Brazil, Valdivia-Los Rios, Chile, and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, is geared toward lowering electricity consumption by 10 to 15 per cent in some 400 municipal buildings by means of sound energy efficiency standards and policies. Through a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Florida International University (FIU) implements the 36-month initiative under the ECPA umbrella.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mexico Convenes Second Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas

The high-level event will take place in Merida, Yucatan, on May 25 and 26. In 2014, the Organization of American States held the four sub-regional meetings serving as preparatory process toward the ministerial. These discussions laid the thematic ground of the event focused on reforms that promote investment and sustainability in the energy sector.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Trinidad and Tobago

“In Trinidad and Tobago we have the human capacity for innovation, tolerance for newer ideas and a vision to achieve excellence in all spheres of human endeavours.” - Prime Minister, the Honourable Kamla Persad Bissessar at the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, 2014.
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