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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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Friday, October 11, 2019

Renewable Energy in Brazil: More than Dams

Think of electric power generation in Brazil, and the first thing that comes to mind is probably a mega-dam. That makes sense—after all, two-thirds of the country’s electricity comes from hydroelectric power—but hydro is not the only renewable energy source in South America’s largest country. Wind power has taken off in recent years, and solar, though still a miniscule percentage of electricity production, has started to see exponential growth. Biomass also figures prominently in the renewable energy picture.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Developing Credible Data on Air Quality

Good policy depends on good data. As cities and countries in the Americas tackle the problem of air pollution—a growing public health concern—they rely on air quality monitoring systems to measure how they’re doing. Through workshops co-sponsored by the Organization of American States (OAS), experts who operate such systems throughout the region are strengthening their expertise and cooperation to ensure that those results are accurate, reliable, and credible. That’s especially important when air pollution reaches a crisis point—as it did in Mexico City in May of this year.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Taking Electric Vehicles to a Higher Gear

Clean sources of electricity and predominantly urban populations make Latin America promising terrain for electric cars and buses. But so far, electric vehicles have picked up speed in only a few countries. Two upcoming events will discuss the potential for smarter, more sustainable transportation in the region and look at some of the roadblocks that still stand in the way. One problem? Consumers don’t have enough choices.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Bahamas Reeling from Dorian

The Bahamas has experienced many powerful storms over the years—even Category 5 hurricanes—but Dorian brought a new level of devastation. As search, rescue, and recovery operations were just getting underway, a Bahamian diplomat to the Organization of American States (OAS) reflected on the impact of the storm and the challenges ahead.
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