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  • BNDES Funds Wind Power Project in Piauí

    Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    The BNDES finances renewable energy project in Piauí

    Pedra do Sal, a wind power plant project, to be conducted under the Brazilian Growth Acceleration Plan, gets R$ 72 million from the Bank

    The BNDES’ Board of Directors approved a R$ 72 million loan to the wind power plant Pedra do Sal, in […]

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    Ceará Intends to Lead Brazil in Wind Power in 2009

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009

    In 2009 the northern Brazilian state of Ceará (CE) intends to surpass the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul (RS) in wind power generation. Currently CE only generates 96.63 megawatts (MW) through wind power, whereas RS generates 200 MW. By the end of the year CE plans to have 518.33 MW of […]

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    PAC’ing Brazil III: Energy, Petrochemicals and Biofuels

    Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

    In Part I, I provided an overview of what the Program for Accelerated Growth (Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento – PAC) proposed by President Lula is and why it matters to the issues I discuss in The Temas Blog. I also discussed its most direct impact on environment policy, the proposed changes in environmental […]

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    Should Brazil Get More Credit for Climate Change Steps Already Taken?

    Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

    This one has been sitting in the backlog queue since November, demanding to be finished and released. Recent comments by Environment Minister Silva gave me a new reason to do so and a “hook” to hang it on besides!
    Just as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in Paris earlier this month its […]

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    A Sustainable Energy Plan for Brazil?

    Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

    The Government’s Energy Vision
    Last Wednesday Brazil’s Energy Research Corporation (EPE) released the National Energy Plan 2030, the government’s blueprint for energy development for the next 24 years. The EPE is a subsidiary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), charged with energy planning.
    The principal theme of the plan can be found in its […]

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    Changes in the Wind in LAC

    Thursday, October 19th, 2006

    I’ve been working on pulling together a more complete picture of the role of wind power — potential, present status and future prospects — for the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It has been a surprisingly challenging task.
    I found and posted the various wind energy potential maps. I have included […]

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