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    Brazil Preparing New National Wind Atlas

    Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

    Agência Brasil reports that Eletrobrás‘ Energy Research Center (Centro de Pesquisas de Energia – Cepel) is preparing a new national wind atlas for release in late 2010.  Researchers feel that the existing wind atlas, prepared in 2001, may have greatly underestimated Brazil’s potential for electricity generation through wind.  At that time, the potential was estimated […]

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    Espirito Santo’s Wind Atlas Finally Online

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

    Back in June the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo (ES) unveiled its “atlas” of maps of wind power potential in that state, and urged investors to work with the state to set up wind farms.  At the time, I promised Temas Blog readers that once the ES government set up a permanent website locale for […]

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    Chile Creates a Center for Renewable Energy

    Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

    Chile has created a Renewable Energy Center (Centro de Energias Renovables – CER) to serve as a national focal point for research, development, information and promotion of investment and technology transfer in non-conventional renewable energy (known by its Spanish acronym, ERNC), such as solar, wind, geothermal and ocean.  CER was created jointly by the National […]

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    A Wind Atlas for Espírito Santo

    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

    A highlight of the Second Capixaba Energy Forum held in Vitória, the capital of the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo (ES), was the formal launch of a wind atlas for ES laying out the state’s potential for power generation from wind. The ES government hopes that the atlas will attract investment in wind power in […]

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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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    The Status of Global Renewables

    Saturday, May 16th, 2009

    The Vienna, Austria-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has just released its latest review of the global state of adoption of renewable energy sources — solar (both photovoltaics and passive systems, such as solar water heaters), wind, geothermal, wave, biofuels and small hydro (REN21 excludes large hydropower projects from its review). […]

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    What the Other Guy Blogs About: Renewable Energy in Chile

    Monday, May 11th, 2009

    The Reegle Blog has a very good overview of the curent state of development of renewable energy projects in Chile.  My only quibble with the article is that it focuses solely on wind and solar projects, omitting other forms of renewable energy under development or being looked at in Chile, such as geothermal (where Chile […]

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    The 7th Round of REEEP Projects and LAC

    Thursday, May 7th, 2009

    The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) recently announced that in its seventh funding round it will fund 49 new clean energy projects in 25 countries, including 12 involving nations in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
    REEEP is “an active, global public-private partnership that structures policy and regulatory initiatives for clean energy, and facilitates financing for energy […]

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    US & Mexico Increase Cooperation on Climate Change & Clean Energy

    Thursday, April 16th, 2009

    From the White House:
    U.S.-MEXICO ANNOUNCE BILATERAL FRAMEWORK ON CLEAN ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
    President Obama and President Calderon today announced plans to strengthen and deepen bilateral cooperation by establishing the US-Mexico Bilateral Framework on Clean Energy and Climate Change. During their first conversation in January 2009, then President-elect Obama and President Calderon discussed the need […]

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    Germans Provide $135 mil. for Brazilian Wind Power

    Friday, March 27th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    BNDES executes agreement with KfW to borrow US$ 135 million
    On March 23rd, the BNDES executed a US$ 135.58 million loan agreement with KfW Entwicklungsbank (the German Development Bank) to finance wind power plant projects to be installed in Brazil by Brazilian private companies. By executing this operation, the BNDES and […]

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