|Sustainable Energy News - No. 20 February 1998 (INFORSE, 1998, 20 p.)|
The INFORSE workshop in October in Argentina attracted 60 interested parties. A permanent "Sustainable Energy Forum" was created. Proposals from the Workshop are expected to act as an Action Program
The first INFORSE workshop in Argentina, which was held in October 1997, took a major step to propose sustainable energy strategies for the Argentinean Government.
It is expected that these strategies will unite the Government and the society in common actions toward a sustainable development.
The workshop analysed national and international experiences. It proposed specific targets and strategies at local level and suggested various scenarios, considering the environmental and social impact.
The participants in the meeting established a permanent Sustainable Energy Forum for the discussion of policies among NGO's, the private sector, and the Government. This Forum will be a powerful tool for INFORSE activities in Argentina. Inside the Forum will be several different working groups to study and compare possible ways to eliminate the main problems and barriers blocking renewable energy in Argentina e.g., leg illative framework, taxes, etc. The Forum plans to have a Web page, an open electronic list, and an office for public information.
The NGO Meeting Raised Overall Interest
The INFORSE meeting had more than 60 par ticipants representing all sectors of the society. The meeting, initiated by the INFORSE member REJIMA, attracted many NGOs. Among others, the Argentinean NGOs were represented by REJIMA, Greenpeace, Taecoro, Solidarydar, Gaia, Genco, Cenpat, Wise and Unpa Along with the NGOs, utilities and the Argentinean Energy Secretariat showed strong interest.
Special international participants were: Emilio La Rovere (Brazil, INFORSE Latin-America Coordinator); Pilar Chiva (ICAEN, Spain); J Leming (Danish Energy Agency, Denmark); Rob Bradley (Ecotec, U.K.), Robert Forrest (Energy Unlimited, Scotland), and Gerardo Monty (CEUTA, Uruguay NGO, INFORSE member).
Meet Again in October'98
Following the success of this first Argentinean INFORSE meeting, it is planned that the next meeting will be held jointly with ASADES (National Association of Renewable Energies) at ASEDA's annual congress in Salta (north of Argentina) during October of 1998.
More Information: REJIMA, Mario Bravo 1029, piso 4 depto A, 1175 Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ph/fax: + 54-1-9630722, e-mail: email@example.com.
$314 million is planned to be spent for off-grid electricity to supply 300,000 households. Concessions and World Bank are contributing.
In Argentina, a large-scale "Electricity Supply Program for the Rural Dispersed Population" is launched. The aim is to provide electric services to 300,000 households (1.4 million inhabitants.) and to 6,000 schools, medical centres, water supplies, etc., using solar PV, small windmills, microhydro, and diesel generators. The estimated investment is $ 314 mill., of which $ 192 mill. comes from public funds in Argentina and $ 60 mill. is expected to be a World Bank loan. Part of the public funding will come as grants, as it is recognised that rural electrification needs public subsidies. The program will choose from public bids on concessions to deliver electrical services in an area. The technologies will compete on the basis of the lowest cost of provided energy.
The program is based on surveys, one of which showed that more than 50% of the rural inhabitants without electricity are willing to pay $ 15-20 per month for electricity services achievable with a S0-W PV system. In a small village, a survey of 44 families showed an annual expenditure of $ 19,5 per month for illumination end electricity. These costs are comparable to the costs of solar home systems.
Source: Secretaria de Energia att. A. Frabris, Avda P.Colon 171, piso 9, oficina 903, 1061 Buenos Aires, Argentina, fax +541-342 2868, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, http./www.meconar/energia(in Spanish).
Residents Assessment of Pickering Nuclear Plant in Canada.
In Canada's first-ever referendum on nuclear power, citizens of the Town of Pickering have voted overwhelmingly to call for an environmental assessment on the Pickering Nuclear Generating Stations, before Ontario Hydro proceeds with rehabilitation of the aging reactors.
The referendum was placed on the ballot of Pickering's municipal election on November 10, 1997. 87% of Pickering voters (17,038 out of a total of 19,599) supported the YES side in the referendum, calling for an environmental assessment. Durham Nuclear Awareness spearheaded a campaign of door-to-door leaflet handouts, poster displays, and advertisements, urging residents to "Vote YES to Assess!"
The referendum follows a decision by Ontario Hydro last August to tempo rarily shut down the four reactors at the Pickering "A" nuclear station. The more than 25 years old reactors are the oldest and most accident-prone nuclear power reactors in Canada. Ontario Hydro in tends to restart the aging reactors beginning in the year 2000. Chief Nuclear Officer Carl Andognini stated that work to rehabilitate the plant would begin in January 1998.
Until February 1998, there has been no decision on the Assessment at the Ministry or at the Ontario Hydro.
Dave Martin, Durham Nuclear Awareness (DNA) Box 104, Uxbridge, ON L9P IM6 Canada ph/fax: +1-905852-0571, e-mail: email@example.com.
'Lets install solar energy systems on one million U.S. buildings by 2010' - This Initiative was announced by President Clinton on June 26, 1997, in his speech before the United Nations Session on Environment and Development.
In the frame of the "One Million Solar Roofs Initiative", the U.S. Department of Energy will work to remove market barriers to solar energy use and develop and strengthen local demand for solar energy products and applications.
The Initiative will encourages the participation of all interested individuals, businesses, industries, governments, federal agencies, utilities, and nongovernmental organizations. The Initiative will provide:
· Recognition on a national, regional, and local basis.
· Training, technical assistance, and information.
· Assistance in accessing low-cost loans.
Further, President Clinton has committed the US Federal Government to install solar energy systems on 20,000 Federal buildings by 2010.
"Capturing the sun's warmth can help us turn down the Earth's temperature. " Bill Clinton. President of USA.
The Governors' dream is to turn the State into a World Center for Renewable Energy.
Governor Roy Romer of the US State of Colorado recently announced 10 steps that his Office of Energy Conservation (OEC) will take to increase the use of renewable energy in Colorado.
The plan is a result of his Renewable Energy Task Force's remently released report entitled "Renewable Energy in Colorado's Future". Romer stated his desire to turn the state into a world center for renewable-energy industries.
The Task Force' recommendations range from encouraging the designers end manufacturers of homes to incorporate renewable technologies in their buildings to introducing school children to a renewable energy curriculum.
More information: OEC, 1675 Broadway, Suite 1300 Denver, C0 80202, USA. Ph: +1-303-620-4292, fax:+1303-6204288, http://governor.state.co.us/gov_dir/oec/.