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BNEF Reports on 2014 Spike in Renewables Growth in Africa[viewed]

Sub-Saharan Africa is set to add a total of 1.8 gigawatts (GW) of electric power capacity from renewable energy sources, excluding hydropower, in 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). BNEF has announced that this figure is larger than the total combined renewables capacity added from 2000-2013 in the region.

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Workshop Paves Way to Caribbean Energy Centre[viewed]

A regional workshop endorsed the technical design and institutional set-up of a new Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE). The finalized project document will be presented for official approval by the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) Ministerial Council in for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) at its 39th meeting, to be held from 3-7 November 2014, in Guyana, for the Centre to become operational in 2015.

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ADB Assesses Climate Change Costs in South Asia[viewed]

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a report titled ‘Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia,' which predicts that by 2050, the collective economy of six countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka - will see an average annual economic loss of around 1.8% of GDP by 2050 that could rise to 8.8% in 2100 if the “world continues on its current fossil fuel-intensive path.”

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US Department of Energy Supports Efficient Vehicle Technologies[viewed]

The US Department of Energy has announced a contribution of more than US$55 million for 31 projects that aim to support the goals of US President Barack Obama's ‘EV Everywhere Grand Challenge,' and result in improvements in other vehicle technologies, including powertrains, fuel, tires and auxiliary systems.

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OAS, Guatemala Promote Ethanol Use[viewed]

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Guatemala have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to implement a pilot project on the blending and use of ethanol, and support the formation a Technical Unit on Biofuels. The project could result in savings of nearly US$104 million in oil imports for Guatemala.

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DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends[viewed]

Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as an input to the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report assesses SIDS' progress in key sustainable development areas: climate change; demographics; energy; finance and trade; health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); natural disaster management; oceans and seas; social development, including education, food security, gender equality and access to water and sanitation; tourism; and waste management.

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US Department of Energy Projects Prospects for Wind Power[viewed]

The US Department of Energy has launched two reports on the status of the US wind energy market. The reports conclude that while more robust growth in wind power capacity additions can be expected in 2014 and 2015 compared to 2013, growth beyond these years is uncertain. At the same time, the reports point out that the relative competitiveness of wind power has improved, with purchase agreement prices in the US reaching all-time lows, at US$25/MWh in 2013.

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Event: Launch of the Decade of SE4ALL Americas and Regional Meeting[viewed]

This three-day event, organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Energy of Chile, the UN and partners, will start on 15 October with the official launch of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All in the Americas (SE4ALL AMERICAS).

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Event: 2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF[viewed]

The 2015 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will bring together thousands of government officials, journalists, civil society organizations, academia and the private sector.

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Event: 2014 Annual Meetings of World Bank and IMF[viewed]

The 2014 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) will bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development and aid effectiveness.

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