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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Countries Prepare for Ministerial Meeting

With momentum building for the upcoming meeting of the region’s energy ministers—the Third Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA)—representatives of 28 countries met on April 20 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to discuss their priorities, needs, and potential for increased cooperation. Franklin Kahn, Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, summed up the urgency of the challenges ahead as countries strive to meet their ambitious goals on climate and energy: “The fact of the matter is that the world has to become sustainable,” he said. “When it comes to renewables, the clock is ticking.”
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Did you know…

Energy is also found in food, and measured in joules. How long would you have to plug yourself into the wall to get the same amount of power as a day's worth of food? Well, the average adult male needs 10 million joules of energy a day. When you consider that your laptop probably charges at a rate of 50 joules a second, you would need to plug yourself in for a whopping 55 hours. But if you were charging yourself at the same rate a microwave does - around 1,500 joules per second - it would only take 1.9 hours. (Source: http://www.sciencealert.com/watch-amazing-energy-facts-to-blow-your-mind)
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Private Sector Central to Implementing Energy Agenda

A government sets energy policy, determines the country’s long-term needs, and builds a foundation of laws and regulations—but in most cases, it is the private sector that handles implementation. That’s why business will have a seat at the table when the region’s energy ministers meet for the Third Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trinidad and Tobago: An Oil and Gas Producer Committed to Change

Trinidad and Tobago has been producing oil for more than a century—commercial production began in 1908, in a field located near Pitch Lake, in La Brea—and today, 100 percent its electricity comes from fossil fuels, chiefly natural gas. That is about to change, as the country looks toward a future that includes renewable energy sources.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Back to ECPA’s Birthplace: Port of Spain

The next stop before Viña del Mar will be Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, where representatives from countries around the region will gather April 20 to prepare for September’s Third ECPA Ministerial Meeting. In a sense, Port of Spain is the birthplace of ECPA; the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas grew out of an initiative proposed there by the U.S. Government in April 2009, at the Fifth Summit of the Americas.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ECPA IN ACTION: Countdown to Viña del Mar

It’s official: Energy ministers from around the region will gather in Viña del Mar, Chile, on September 7-8 for the Third Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). Chilean President Michelle Bachelet invited all Member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) to participate, noting that “we share the same urgency to work toward a cleaner and more efficient and accessible energy that will enable us to take care of our environment and improve the quality of life for our citizens.”
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Americas Business Dialogue and Energy Development in the Region

As preparations intensify for the Third Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, the Energy Working Group of the Americas Business Dialogue offers a private sector perspective on the opportunities for the region’s energy development.
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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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