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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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Friday, February 17, 2017

WHAT IS ECPA UP TO? On the Move with Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are popping up on streets and highways from Barbados to Uruguay and points in between, as governments and consumers look at ways to reduce their carbon footprints. While the trend is still largely in the nascent stage—here a few taxis, there a public bus—in some places electric vehicles are starting to pick up speed.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Did you know?

Google accounts for roughly 0.013% of the world’s energy use. It uses enough energy to continuously power 200,000 homes. Google data centers used 260 million megawatts of power in 2010.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ECPA in action: Going Even Greener in Costa Rica

Costa Rica—the latest country to join the Steering Committee of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA)—has set a global example on renewable energy. In 2016, for the second year in a row, it generated more than 98 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. As enviable as that feat may be, it hardly means the country’s energy problems have been solved, a Costa Rican energy official explained in an interview.
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