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    US$1.3 Billion to Support Brazil’s Environmental & Climate Change Agenda / US$1,3 bilhão para apoiar a agenda ambiental e de mudanças climáticas do Brasil

    Thursday, March 5th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    World Bank Approves US$1.3 Billion to Support Brazil’s Environmental and Climate Change Agenda

    Brazil’s achievements in integrating development and conservation recognized

    The World Bank Board of Directors approved today a US$1.3 billion loan to Brazil for the First Programmatic Development Policy Loan for Sustainable Environmental Management, supporting Brazil’s ongoing efforts to improve its environmental […]

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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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    Energy Innovation Contest for LAC

    Friday, February 27th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Hemispheric energy innovation contest announced

    Donors offer up to $200,000 to finance multiple proposals for promoting energy efficiency and access to renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Novel ideas for improving energy efficiency and expanding access to renewable energy in Latin American and Caribbean countries will receive up to $200,000 […]

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    Free Templates of Key Legal Documents for Clean Energy Projects

    Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

    From the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP):
    Wall Street lawyers work with Government of Canada to expand market for clean energy
    In a unique project financed by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and implemented by the Government of Canada’s RETScreen International in association with The Energy + Environment Foundation, New York and […]

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    Now Renewables Have Their Own International Agency

    Saturday, January 31st, 2009

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was created at a founding conference in Bonn, Germany, this week, followed the next day by a short working session of the preparatory commission charged with getting it up-and-running.  The brainchild of renewable advocate Germany, with strong backing from Denmark and Spain, IRENA is intended to raise the profile […]

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    Cohab/Cemig to Install Solar Water Heaters in 7,000 Houses for the Poor

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    The state-owned Housing Company of Minas Gerais (Cohab) has decided to put solar water heaters in the 7,500 houses it is building in the second phase of its Popular Homes Housing Program (PLHP).  The electric utility (majority owned by the state), the Energy Company of Minas Gerais (Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais – CEMIG),will assist […]

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    Minas Seeks to Lead in Environmental Policy / Minas Pretende Ser Lider na Política Ambiental

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Minas Gerais is seeking to take the lead among Brazilian states in environmental protection, and they want everyone to know it!  [Look out, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo!]  At year-end the state environment secretary José Carlos Carvalho released a report card on mineiro environment policy achievements and plans for 2009.  He […]

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    Minas Releases Its Own Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    Sunday, November 30th, 2008

    Earlier this year the Brazilian state of MInas Gerais (MG) released an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2005.  I found this inventory interesting and this you might too.  MG has a more diverse economy than most Brazilian states, being a leader in agriculture, mining and industry, all with different impacts on GHG emissions.  […]

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    Brazil’s CPFL Receives Award for Leadership in Socially & Environmentally Sustainable Development

    Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

    From the International Finance Corporation (IFC):
    Brazil’s CPFL Energia Receives IFC Client Leadership Award
    CPFL Energia S.A., Brazil’s largest private electricity company, today received IFC’s Client Leadership Award, which recognizes the company’s efforts in bringing electricity to 6.3 million new customers and creating more than 7,000 jobs. The company is also making exemplary efforts to reduce energy […]

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    Generating Power from Sewage Treatment Stations

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    The idea has been around awhile among industry experts: find a way to capture the methane normally released from sewage treatment plants, and utilize it to generate power while cutting or eliminating the plant’s releases of a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) — and perhaps get carbon credits for doing so.  But the Sanitation Company of […]

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