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  • Thermal Power Plants Will Have to Compensate for Carbon Emissions

    Friday, March 20th, 2009

    Brazilian Environment Minister Carlos Minc says he will sign in April an administrative rule (portaria) that will require all thermo-electric power plants (burning petroleum or coal) seeking environmental licenses from the national environment agency, IBAMA, to provide for compensation (abatement) measures for their carbon emissions before they will be granted a license.
    The portaria will define […]

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    Brazil’s Light for All Program Promotes Renewable Energy

    Friday, February 27th, 2009

    A six-year old program to bring electricity to all Brazil’s citizens has concluded that solar, wind or mini-hydro power, or in some cases power generated by natural gas, may be the most practical solution to bring power  to remote places in the Amazon or the Pantanal. To encourage the use of alternative forms of energy, […]

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    IDB Supports Wind Turbine Blade Factory in Brazil / BID Ajuda a expansão de fábrica de pás para turbinas eólicas no Brasil

    Friday, August 8th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB finances expansion of wind turbine blades factory in Brazil
    TECSIS secured US$120 million in loans
    Tecnologia e Sistemas Avancados Ltda (TECSIS), a leading Brazilian manufacturer of wind rotor blades for wind power turbines is to obtain US$120 million in loans from the Inter-American Development Bank to restructure its debt and invest […]

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    Amazonas “Visionary” on Climate Change?

    Friday, September 7th, 2007

    In June Amazonas became the first Brazilian state to adopt a state law on climate change, together with one creating a State System of Conservation Units (UCs). The laws were widely praised by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working on environment and conservation issues. A Greenpeace spokesman even declared them to be “almost visionary, but […]

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    More Leadership by Example

    Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

    Last weekend I read a column by Clarence E. Pilgrim in the Antigua Sun [yes, I read online news from around LAC everyday, just usually do not have the time to convey or comment on what I gather] that gave me further hope that more and more Caribbean opinion-makers understand the environmental challenges facing their […]

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    An IDB-Sponsored “Blueprint for Green Energy in the Americas”

    Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

    At the briefing on the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) biofuel investment plans for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the Bank finally released the study it commissioned from consultant Garten Rothkopf on biofuels entitled “A Blueprint for Green Energy in the Americas.” To download the various portions of the study, follow this link.
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    Implications of the Stern Review for LAC, Part II

    Monday, January 1st, 2007

    In Part I, I looked at the implications for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) of the main body of analysis, discussion and policy recommendations in the Stern Review. Here in Part II, I look at the LAC-focused report commissioned by Stern as an input to the overall Review.
    Implications from the Back-up Report on […]

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