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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Overcoming the Challenge of the “Last Mile”

Latin America is doing a lot of things right on the energy front, both in terms of policy and technology, according to David L. Goldwyn, Chairman of the Energy Advisory Board at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. But often it’s the “last mile” that’s the most difficult, he said, as countries that have already made considerable progress strive to become even more efficient and have even cleaner energy.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Path toward the Paris Goals

The Paris Agreement, adopted two years ago this month, laid the foundation for the world to tackle the “urgent threat” of climate change. Recently, representatives of several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean participated in a workshop in Argentina to assess how they’re doing so far and what steps they can take to bridge the gaps between their current emission projections and the goals they have set for themselves under the Paris Agreement.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Expanding Access to Electricity in Belize

Belize is on a “fast pace” to produce more electric power from renewable sources, as part of a strategy to bolster its energy independence and ensure that everyone in the country has access to electricity. The head of the country’s Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, Frank Mena, sat down for an interview with the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) and talked about a recent pilot project that has brought off-grid solar power to a farming village called La Gracia.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Starting Over

The names are all too familiar by now: Harvey. Irma. Maria. Nate. This year’s list of tropical storm systems strong enough to get a name started with Arlene in April and barreled on through Rina in early November. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends on November 30, but the massive devastation it wreaked will be felt for years to come. As the recovery process continues and reconstruction begins, two island nations in particular—Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda—are focusing on how to become more resilient in the face of climate change.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

“No Time to Lose” in the Transition to Cleaner Energy

The ministerial meeting provided an opportunity to “share experiences, exchange technologies, facilitate investment, and maximize comparative advantages,” the Secretary General said. “Since ECPA was created in 2009, almost all the countries in the region have participated in a fluid dialogue around renewable energy.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Energy Challenges as Diverse as the Region Itself

Delegations from the 25 countries represented talked about a wide range of energy-related challenges and opportunities they are facing, from the need to expand transmission lines across borders to the importance of incorporating energy into the school curriculum.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Jamaica in the Spotlight

After announcing that her country will host the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), Jamaican Ambassador Audrey Marks spoke in an interview about the importance of energy issues to the Caribbean region.
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

ECPA: A Partner of Partners

One of ECPA’s greatest achievements lies with its ability to build strategic partnerships with diverse institutions as a means to expand the Partnership’s reach. By joining forces with local, regional and international partners with common interests and objectives, ECPA was able to use its resources more effectively in promoting dialogue, knowledge sharing, and best practices in energy sustainability.
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

SPECIAL EDITION: ECPA Technical Coordination Unit

Since 2009, the ECPA Technical Coordination Unit (TCU) facilitates clean energy dialogue, coordinates activities and supports the exchange of information and best practices. This newsletter edition explores the role of the TCU, a fundamental body within ECPA. Take a read at the following articles to learn more about its inception, evolution, responsibilities and achievements.
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Organization of American States and Energy Transition

For almost a decade, the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States has managed several projects under the ECPA umbrella to support national and regional energy priorities in energy efficiency, metrology, and donor coordination.
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