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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Glycon Garcia

Glycon Garcia

ANEEL - Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica - 0 views

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    The board of the National Agency of Electrical Energy (ANEEL) approved today (April 17th) rules to reduce barriers to the installation of distributed generation ofup to 100 KW of power (micro generation), and from 100 KW to 1 MW of power (mini generation).
Glycon Garcia

Donald Sadoway: The missing link to renewable energy - 3 views

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    What's the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage -- so we can have power on tap even when the sun's not out and the wind's not blowing. In this accessible, inspiring talk, Donald Sadoway takes to the blackboard to show us the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy. As he says: "We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap."
Glycon Garcia

Energy Efficiency Lives! Devastating Debunking of Rebound Effect and Breakthrough Insti... - 0 views

  • Our fact-checking revealed that empirical estimates of energy rebound cited by the Breakthrough Institute are over-estimated or wrong, and they contradict the technological reality of energy efficiency gains observed in many industrial sectors.  For journalists, the Rebound Effect is a trap—it is a man-bites-dog story that never happened.
Glycon Garcia

Electricity | Pew Center on Global Climate Change - 3 views

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    The electricity sector accounts for almost 35 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG)
    emissions in the United States, and 40 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2)
    emissions. Over 80 percent of GHG emissions associated with electricity
    generation are from the combustion of coal, with nearly all
    the rest due to
    natural gas and petroleum combustion. U.S. electricity sales are split among the
    residential (37 percent), commercial (36 percent), and industrial (27 percent)
    sectors, where primary uses vary by sector.

    Over the past 30 years the U.S. electricity sector has become less carbon
    intensive, and the U.S. economy has grown less electricity-intensive.
Glycon Garcia

Mexican Wind Power Moving Ahead | Shannon Roxborough - 0 views

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    Mexico, one of the leading suppliers of oil to the United States, has increasingly embraced alternative energy in the face of dwindling crude output, infrastructure and investment.

    In response to energy and economic woes, President Felipe Calderón has pushed through energy reforms, pledging that Mexico will be producing a minimum of 2,500 megawatts of wind capacity by the time his term ends in 2012.

    So far, Mexico's progress has been impressive. In 2005, the nation only produced 3 megawatts electricity from wind. By the end of 2010, the country had 519 megawatts of installed wind power. And the future prospects look promising.
Glycon Garcia

Largest CPV Plant in Latin America to Feature New Skyline Solar X14 System | Free Green... - 2 views

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    Skyline Solar today introduced the Skyline X14 System and announced that it has been selected for a 500-kilowatt (kW) concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) plant to be built in Durango, Mexico. DelSol Systems, one of Mexico's leading solar integrators, will construct the project, which will be the largest CPV plant in Latin America.

Glycon Garcia

C-Level and Other Executives Suffer Energy Efficiency Perception Gap, Survey ... - 0 views

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    Top-level executives disagree with other senior executives on how much their companies are doing to address energy efficiency, according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

    In the survey by EIU and Ingersoll-Rand, 49 percent of C-suite executives said their organizations do not do enough to integrate energy efficiency into business strategy, compared to 61 percent of executives below that level.

Glycon Garcia

World of Renewables - Renewable Energy News, Events, Companies, Products, Jobs and more... - 0 views

  • Mexico Takes Lead in Latin America with Announcement of Region’s Largest GE LED Street Lighting Project
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    "Mexican government's Special 2010-2012 Climate Change Program.

    * Quintana Roo Governor Félix González Canto has announced plans to install 25,507 high-efficiency GE LED street lights in the town of Othón P. Blanco
    * The pioneering initiative represents the largest LED street lighting installation in Latin America, saving the town 51% on energy "
Glycon Garcia

Latin America News - 0 views

  • The Chilean Agency for Energy Efficiency is developing an energy efficiency labeling system for new vehicles due out in 2011 and will be mandatory starting in September.  (Diario Financiero, 12/16/10)
  • Scientists at the University of Costa Rica are developing solar cells sensitized with dyes from local plants.  Benefits of the cells include its cheaper production price, flexibility and thinness, and ability to produce power with very little light.  However they are not yet as efficient as the present day silicon solar cells. (El Financiero CR, 12/14/10)

    Mitsubishi Motors will release the first electric car in Costa Rica, called iMiEV.  The car is 100% electric, automatic, is powered by a lithium-ion battery, has room for five people and will cost $61,500.  According to the company, Costa Rica was chosen for car’s release in the Americas due to its environmental record and goal to become carbon neutral by 2021. (El Financiero CR, 12/14/10)

Glycon Garcia

Chile Aims for 1,000 Megawatts of Geothermal Power - 1 views

  • Chile Aims for 1,000 Megawatts of Geothermal Power
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    "The Chilean government has set its sights on significantly increasing its geothermal energy capacity.

    The Ministry of Energy recently announced a new contract for the development of 20 areas by 2012. 70 bids from 13 domestic and foreign firms were submitted for the rights to exploit the newly released regions of Rarapacos and Los Ricos.

    Earlier in the year, Energy Minister Ricardo Raineri announced more than 170 concessions for geothermal energy by 2012. He further specified that these concessions would be supported by US$200 million in funding from the government.

    The country is striving to increase its geothermal capacity to 1,000 megawatts in order to meet an ever-growing energy demand in a sustainable manner"
Glycon Garcia

Climate, Energy and Environment News from Latin America: 1.3 - 1.7.2011 | Amanda Maxwel... - 1 views

  • n 2010, thermal energy displaced hydro as the major source of energy generation for the Chilean Central Interconnected System.  Coal, natural gas, and diesel supplied over 50% of energy consumed while hydropower accounted for 48%.  This trend is expected to continue in 2011 if current water shortage conditions persist. (El Mercurio, 1/4/11)  Last year’s drought created a 26% increase in thermal generation as compared to 2009.
  • The Regional Energy Efficiency Strategy initiative led by Bun-ca has reported an energy savings of 9368 MWh over the past six years, equivalent to 4992 tons of carbon dioxide, by working with 190 companies in the industrial and commercial sectors to become more energy efficient.   Recently UNEP’s En.lighten study estimated that Costa Rica could save 276,000 MWh and $27.6 million per year if they changed all light bulbs to CFLs.  The cost of this change was estimated to be $22.63 million.  (El Financiero CR, 1/3/11)
  • The Mexican government is planning to invest four billion dollars to build a one thousand megawatt renewable energy storage facility in Northern Mexico.   The facility will use a special kind of sodium sulfide batteries for the project which is expected to be completed in the next six years.  (Clean Techies, 1/6/11)
Glycon Garcia

ANEEL - Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency - 0 views

  • Production of small SHP improves in the country
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    "The installed capacity of small plants, called Small Hydropower Plans (SHP) increased almost three times between 2003 and 2010. In 2003, the power of these enterprises, each of which varies from 10 to 30 MW, totaled 1,151 MW, compared with 3,428.31 megawatts (MW) in 2010. The involvement of SHP in the energy matrix increased from 1.22% to 3.05% in the same period and the number of plants rose from 241 to 387 enterprises. Only in 2010, 32 small power plants came into operation, with total capacity of 470.67 MW.
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Glycon Garcia

Chile to Build Its First Large Solar Facility | Shannon Roxborough - 1 views

  • Chile to Build Its First Large Solar Facility
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    "In Chile, solar energy project developer Solarpack Corporación Tecnológica and state-owned Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco), the world's leading copper producer, say they will build the country's first utility-scale solar power plant in northern Chile, an area with high potential for solar energy generation."
Glycon Garcia

Forget Solar Power, Human Power is the Future - 4 views

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    That may be a little aggressive, but Princeton University engineers have developed a device that may change the way that we power many of our smaller gadgets and devices. By using out natural body movement, they have created a small chip that will actually capture and harness that natural energy to create enough energy to power up things such as a cell phone, pacemaker and many other small devices that are electronic.
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