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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Electric Mobility: Full Speed into the Future

No question, petroleum still rules the road. In most places, electric vehicles make up a miniscule percentage of cars and buses in circulation today. But several experts who spoke at the ECPA Ministerial Dialogue on Electric Mobility in the Americas said that changes are already underway—not just in the vehicles people drive but in the very way they think about mobility.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Gender and Energy: Bringing All Hands on Deck

Expanding renewable energy sources, reducing carbon emissions, becoming more energy-resilient, making electricity more affordable and accessible—these are big challenges that require all-hands-on-deck teamwork. Yet too often, women aren’t even on the team. At the ECPA Ministerial Dialogue on Gender and Energy, several women in the energy sector talked about how to improve the dismal statistics and increase gender diversity in this traditionally male-dominated industry.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Natural Gas: Making Power Systems More Flexible

Power systems are changing rapidly due to a confluence of technologic, social, meteorological and business drivers. These changes are highlighting the need for flexibility and resilience in energy systems. This is seen clearly in South American countries that have traditionally relied on hydropower and are experiencing strong growth in wind and solar. On December 13, the last in the series of ECPA Ministerial Dialogues will look at the role of natural gas in a rapidly changing energy market.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Urban Resilience: Strengthening Survival Skills

How can cities and towns become better prepared for natural disasters? How can they mitigate the potential damage? What can they do to speed up recovery if the worst happens? How can they help their populations adapt to growing threats? What role do education and culture play? These are the types of questions panelists tackled at the ECPA Ministerial Dialogue on Urban Resilience.
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

A “Living Open-Air Classroom” on Renewable Energy

At a new urban park in the Dominican Republic, visitors can stroll in the sunshine, enjoy a fresh breeze, and soak up the sound of falling water—all while learning about how sun, wind, and water are converted into clean energy. The Renewable Energy Theme Park, which Dominican President Danilo Medina inaugurated on November 7, will serve as a “living open-air classroom,” as the project’s architect described it.
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Greening the Power Grid in the Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic—Most of the electric power generated in the Dominican Republic comes from fossil fuels, but investments in wind and solar energy are on the rise. The country’s commitment to produce 25% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 is “achievable,” said Deputy Energy Minister Ernesto Vilalta. Plus, there’s a growing role for natural gas.
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

It’s Official: Fourth ECPA Ministerial Launched

The Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA)—scheduled to take place on February 27-28, 2020, in Montego Bay, Jamaica—will focus on “Energy Resilience and Investment Opportunities.” It’s a theme that will resonate across the Americas, said Jamaica’s Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

First Face-to-Face Meeting of the Energy Efficiency Technical Group takes place in El Salvador

The first Face-to-Face Meeting of the Energy Efficiency Technical Group (GTEE) of the Central American Integration System (SICA) under the project “Enchancing Energy Efficiency Lighting Standards in Central America”, will take place on November 6 and 7, 2019 at SICA, San Salvador.
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Chile Cancels Hosting Arrangement for Santiago Climate Change Conference

The President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, has announced the Government of Chile’s decision not to host the UN Climate Change Conference, “taking into consideration the difficult circumstances in the country.” The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) was originally scheduled to take place from 2-13 December 2019, in Santiago, Chile.
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Friday, October 11, 2019

Building a Resilient Tourism Sector

For many countries in the Caribbean and beyond, tourism is a linchpin of the economy. But what happens when catastrophe hits, say in the form of a Category 5 hurricane? Increasingly, the watchword is resilience. The new Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, based in Jamaica, will look at how the industry can better prepare, manage, and recover from disruptions—not just natural disasters, but other major setbacks too. The question is, as Jamaican Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett put it, “How ready are you to deal with the most extreme cases that may come your way?”
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