Energy

ECLAC Publishes Central America's Power Generation Statistics [viewed]

June 2012: The Subregional headquarters in Mexico of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has published its annual collection of statistics for 2011 regarding power generation in six countries of Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama. It finds that of the 660 megawatts (MW) installed capacity that came online in the region in 2011, only 85 MW involved fossil fuel (the coal-fired Palmas plant in Guatemala). 

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Event: ELEC 2012 [viewed]

Organized by the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) and the Costa Rican Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET), the Second Latin American and Caribbean Electricity Seminar will focus on two topics: progress and potential in the deployment of "smart grids" technology in LAC; and the status and prospects in LAC for distributed generation from renewable sources such as hydro, wind, solar, biomass waste, and their impacts on distribution networks and the environment. ELEC 2012 will also discuss case studies of national and sub-regional grid interconnection.  

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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Caribbean Growth Forum Launched [viewed]

19 June 2012: The Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF) was launched as a platform for dialogue about increasing growth and opportunities for all in the Caribbean. CGF is a one-year initiative aimed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and ideas on policies to stimulate sustainable and inclusive growth, and to create jobs.

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IDB Supports Renewable Energy and Efficiency in Barbados [viewed]

IDB28 June 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has provided Barbados with a US$17 million loan to support its Public Sector Smart Energy program, which will be co-financed by a €5.8 million EU grant.

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IDB Finances Renewable Energy Expansion in Costa Rica [viewed]

IDB26 June 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan of US$250 million to finance the development of Costa Rica's electricity sector through renewable resources.

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ESMAP Holds Workshop on Concentrated Solar Power for Developing Countries [viewed]

27 June 2012: During the World Renewable Energy Forum held in Denver, Colorado, from 12-17 May 2012, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank convened a workshop and tours on concentrated solar power (CSP), titled “Meeting the Dual Goal of Energy Access and Sustainability—CSP Deployment in Developing Countries.”

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DESA Releases Road Map to Green Economy in Carriacou, Petite Martinique [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has begun a project on designing green economies in small island developing States (SIDS). The Division, along with the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, and the Ministry of Environment, Foreign Trade and Export Development of Grenada released a study titled “Road Map on Building a Green Economy for Sustainable Development in Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Grenada."

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Event: 43rd Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. In addition to the 43rd meeting of the GEF Council, from 13-15 November, a consultation with NGOs will take place on 12 November and the 13th meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council will convene on 15 November.  

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Event: GEF 44th Council Meeting [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. Among other matters, the 44th session of the Council is expected to discuss the GEF's role vis-à-vis the global mercury agreement. A consulation with CSOs will take place on 17 June.  

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