Energy Planning

Civil Society Letter to the World Bank on Large Hydropower

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Ms. Kathy Sierra Vice President, Sustainable Development Network The World Bank 1818 H Street NW Washington, DC 20433 Dear Ms. Sierra, As the World Bank Group develops its Energy Strategy, we are concerned that the Bank's pledge to increase support for large hydropower projects will result in increased poverty and irreversible social and environmental damages. A decade after the release of the World Bank-supported World Commission on Dams (WCD) report, the evidence continues to mount that large dams bring significant and unmitigated costs to society and to riverine ecosystems: The UN'

Better Options Assessment in Kenya

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
From June 2010 World Rivers ReviewThe Government of Kenya learned about the unreliability of hydropower the hard way. In recent years, drought crippled its hydropower-dependent energy system many times (about two-thirds of the nation's electricity currently comes from dams). But unlike many other drought-prone African nations, Kenya has taken steps to analyze its energy options and work to diversify its supply. After two months of power rationing in 2009, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said "The country can no longer continue to rely on hydroelectric power supply." The government wants to

Doing Dams Right: The WCD in Practice

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
From June 2010 World Rivers Review In the 10 years since the World Commission on Dams (WCD) released its landmark "Dams and Development" report, no single dam project has exemplified the full scope of its cutting-edge approach, and most dam building nations have failed to implement the WCD framework. But there have been some projects that demonstrate WCD principles in action, as well as laws and policies that reflect the principles espoused by the WCD. Here we highlight a few of these positive examples. Tribal fishermen have fought for dam removal on the Klamath for years Bob Dawson Addres

Are Dams In Patagonia Necessary? An Analysis of Chile's Energy Future

Monday, July 13, 2009
The long awaited study by the Consejo de Defensa de la Patagonia analyzing energy alternatives to hydroelectric mega-projects in Chile's Patagonia has been officially launched.  The study - "Se Necesitan Represas En La Patagonia? Un Análisis del Futuro Energético Chileno" (Are Dams in Patagonia Necessary? An Analysis of Chile's Energy Future) - was launched on July 2, 2009 in Santiago and then on July 14th in Coyhaique. Amongst the most interesting findings in this study piloted by the Patagonia BioGems Campaign at the Natural Resources Defense Council is that ener

Recomendação sobre o Plano Decenal de Expansão de Energia

Monday, March 9, 2009
Veja as recomendações do Ministério Público Federal sobre o Plano Decenal de Expansão de Energia.

Energia Nova: Ação e Política

Monday, April 6, 2009
Veja "Energia Nova: Ação e Política", o novo boletim de grupos da sociedade civil brasileira no monitoramento das políticas energéticas no Brasil.

Carta ao Banco Mundial Sobre Empréstimo ao Brasil

Thursday, March 5, 2009
Ilma. Sra. Pamela CoxVice Presidente do Banco Mundial para a América Latina e o CaribeBanco MundialWashington, DC, Estados Unidos da América Com cópia para: Sr. Makhtar Diop, Diretor, Banco Mundial no BrasilDiretores Executivos, Banco MundialMinistro do Meio Ambiente, Sr. Carlos MincMinistro do Planejamento, Sr. Paulo Bernardo SilvaMinistro da Fazenda, Sr. Guido MantegaCasa Civil, Sra. Dilma RousseffPresidente do BNDES, Sr. Luciano Coutinho Prezada Sra. Cox, Subscrevemos-lhe para manifestar nossa preocupação sobre o empréstimo que está sendo concedido pelo Banco Mundial ao governo brasi

Energy for What? And, for Whom?

Headquarters of the Federal Attorney's Office, Brasília
Headquarters of the Federal Attorney's Office, Brasília Archive The public hearing on Brazil's 2017 Energy Plan, organized by the Federal Public Attorney's office then opened the floor to its critics. Célio Bermann, of the University of São Paulo's Energy Institute blasted the proposal. "In this plan, energy policy is restricted to a blind obsession with an ever-increasing offer of energy. It avoids analyzing what the end-use of energy will be, and who will really benefit". "Our studies show that companies consuming large quantities of energy who export mater

A Sliver of a Dialogue on Brazil's Energy Policy - Part One

Headquarters of the Federal Attorney's Office, Brasília
Headquarters of the Federal Attorney's Office, Brasília Archive Yesterday, I had the opportunity of participating in a public hearing on Brazil's 10-Year Energy Plan, an initiative of the Federal Attorney's office in Brasília. Federal public interest attorneys have been active in challenging the electric sector for violations of environmental regulations and human rights, and they demanded that the 2017 Plan be subjected to public consultation. The country's energy planning director, Maurício Tolmasquim, and the Mines and Energy Ministry's planning secretary, Altino V

The Silver Lining in South Africa's Power Crisis

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
March 2008 World Rivers Review  South Africa is in the grip of a severe energy crisis, complete with rolling blackouts, industries stopping operations, much blaming and frustration - and plenty of opportunities. The crisis now squeezing Africa's most industrialized (and electrified) nation has been brewing for some time. Eskom is one of the largest single electricity utilities in the world - it produces 96% of South Africa's electricity and 85% of Sub-Saharan Africa's electricity. Its electricity is the cheapest and among the dirtiest in the world. South Africa has be


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