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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ECPA Contributes to Energy-Efficiency Capacity-Building in the Caribbean

One of the Sustainable Energy Capacity Building Initiative (SECBI) components is to provide technical assistance for Caribbean island nations to receive capacity building support for energy project development. Through three tenders, this ECPA initiative aims to intensify energy-efficiency efforts in Belize, support legal and regulatory framework for renewable energy power generation in Trinidad & Tobago, and strengthen capacities for establishing a national sustainable resource management mechanism in Antigua and Barbuda.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Jamaica Readies for Sustainable Biofuels Production

In recent years, liquid biofuels for transport have benefited from significant political support due to their potential (co-beneficial) role in mitigating climate change and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Additionally, biofuels is one of the avenues for green job creation and the facilitation of rural development by providing new markets for agricultural production. However, concerns have been raised regarding the production of biofuels on the environment. These concerns need to be addressed by a well-established methodology, especially in island settings, where land availability is limited. Jamaica is therefore preparing for the handover of a tool that will help the country assess the environmental impact of biofuels production.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Saint Lucia: From Fossil Fuel Dependency to Indigenous Renewable Energy Resources Deployment

The energy sector, particularly electricity, is a significant contributor to economic growth in Saint Lucia, a small island developing state in the Eastern Caribbean. An adequate, reliable, and cost effective power supply is essential for facilitating industries such as tourism and other services, and for stimulating economic growth.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Second ECPA Ministerial Meeting Sets the Basis for a Two-Year Work Plan and a Governance Structure for this Alliance

During May 25 and 26, energy ministers of Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica Panama, Peru, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, the United States, and other national authorities, agreed to jointly design a more dynamic Work Plan with concrete actions that would help boost Western Hemisphere’s leadership on energy and climate change issues. Said Plan envisions positioning ECPA as the primary regional mechanism for energy and climate dialogue and cooperation, and prepare the region to play a more significant role in the upcoming COP 21 Meeting in Paris. Participating countries will report on tangible results at the Third ECPA Ministerial to be hosted by Chile in 2017.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Water -Energy Nexus: A Connection to Keep an Eye On

Historically, energy and water systems have been developed, managed, and regulated independently at both national and international levels. Water scarcity, variability, and uncertainty are becoming more prominent, potentially leading to vulnerabilities of several domestic energy systems. Aware of the importance of addressing this undeniable relationship, a high-level panel on this issue was held on the fringes of the ECPA Second Ministerial meeting held in Mexico last month.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Energy Efficiency, Climate Change, and Leadership: Key Topics of the Second Ministerial Meeting of the ECPA

The region’s high-ranking authorities on energy and climate will meet on May 25 and 26 to discuss the ECPA plan of action. Chief among the topics that the OAS member states will address in their discussions are energy efficiency, climate change, and charting a new course for the ECPA.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

High-Level Dialogue on Transition toward Circular Economies in the Americas

The circular economy concept offers an alternative to today’s linear “take, make, dispose” economic model, moving away from growth through the use of natural resources and ecosystems. This philosophy is eminently compatible with the principles of sustainable development and could inject added value into the intergovernmental negotiation processes for the post-2015 development agenda, both of which concepts are being addressed by the Inter-American Council for Integral Development and at the United Nations.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Panama Readies Energy Plan 2015-2050

The Panamanian energy sector has come a long way since its privatization in 1997, making deep-seated changes in its market operation model and clear improvements in terms of product availability, supply, and customer attention. This situation has made the energy sector the focus of political, social, and business discussions in the country, with civil society playing an increasingly active part, so much so that it now has a decisive role in the sector.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

RECICLACEITE Cooking Oil Recycling Project Launched in Guatemala City

The contamination process begins when homes, restaurants, and cafés pour cooking oil down the drain, creating high costs in drainage-system cleaning bills, blockages, foul odors, and the spread of pests. When the oil-water mixture reaches the rivers it stops surface oxygen from reaching the bottom, where fish and plants live.
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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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