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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Back to ECPA’s Birthplace: Port of Spain

The next stop before Viña del Mar will be Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, where representatives from countries around the region will gather April 20 to prepare for September’s Third ECPA Ministerial Meeting. In a sense, Port of Spain is the birthplace of ECPA; the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas grew out of an initiative proposed there by the U.S. Government in April 2009, at the Fifth Summit of the Americas.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ECPA IN ACTION: Countdown to Viña del Mar

It’s official: Energy ministers from around the region will gather in Viña del Mar, Chile, on September 7-8 for the Third Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). Chilean President Michelle Bachelet invited all Member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) to participate, noting that “we share the same urgency to work toward a cleaner and more efficient and accessible energy that will enable us to take care of our environment and improve the quality of life for our citizens.”
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Americas Business Dialogue and Energy Development in the Region

As preparations intensify for the Third Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, the Energy Working Group of the Americas Business Dialogue offers a private sector perspective on the opportunities for the region’s energy development.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Energy Performance in Public Buildings

In Valdivia, a city of about 160,000 people in southern Chile, a university research team set about analyzing how best to cut energy use in public buildings. Seeking the biggest bang for the buck, the team focused on three schools and City Hall.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Green Financing for Efficiency

In Mexico, a widely accessible financing mechanism—the “Green Mortgage”—makes it easy for homebuyers to install energy-efficient appliances, low-flow toilets, LED lighting, solar water heaters, and a host of other “ecotechnologies.”
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Protection from the Elements

Far too many people in Latin America and the Caribbean live in substandard dwellings, often built with poor materials and lacking basic infrastructure services. A study by the Inter-American Development Bank put the number at 59 million people, or one in three families. An organization called Weatherizers Without Borders (WWB) is working in Argentina and beyond to help change that—and reduce energy use in the process—by getting local and national governments to invest in housing weatherization. The money is already there, WWB’s CEO says; the challenge is to shape public policy.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spotlight on Energy Efficiency

What energy could be more cost-effective than energy that’s never used in the first place? No wonder governments are increasingly looking at energy efficiency as the “first fuel” and “a source of energy in its own right,” as the International Energy Agency puts it. For this month’s newsletter, the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas reached out to a few people involved in promoting energy efficiency in different countries, to learn about what works and what could be improved. One important aspect: the potential human impact.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

DID YOU KNOW?

The first street in the world to be lit by electric light bulbs was Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1879. (Source: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/top10facts/506854/Top-10-facts-about-electricity)
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Friday, February 17, 2017

ECPA IN ACTION: Citizen Innovation as a Catalyst for Urban sustainability in Lima

The Miraflores district located in Lima, capital of Peru, will host the twelfth edition of the "Sustainable Cities" regional course. The Organization of American States (OAS) is organizing the course with the support of the Town Hall led by Mayor Jorge Muñoz Wells. This joint effort will allow Miraflores’ Town Hall staff to work in adapting the course contents to the district’s context so that it focuses on strengthening local government management capacities. Best practices based on lessons learned in urban sustainability and citizen safety will be exchanged. Nearly 30 speakers, including teachers, government officials, experts from multilateral organizations, and civil society representatives will partake in this iteration of the Sustainable Cities course.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Tap into Regional Talent in Energy, OAS Official Urges

Caribbean countries should take better advantage of the “vast pool of expertise” in the region and the Caribbean diaspora, as well as throughout the hemisphere, to increase technical cooperation on energy, a high-level official of the Organization of American States (OAS) told the Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum.
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