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Electricity Saving Campaign in Brazil Obscures Energy Challenges

March 19, 2015 by Anthony Venezia

Brazil and Energy Challenges

The once electric buzz surrounding the prospect of Brazil as an emerging market powerhouse is no more. International investors are losing their taste for the country and it’s weakening economy, remarkable considering just a few short years ago Brazil was heralded as a harbinger of a new global economic order.[read more]

Brazil is Back; But Are They a Decade Late?

December 9, 2014 by David Hone

COP 20 and Brazil

COP20 in Lima ended its first full week on a mixed note, but with some positive signs for the ongoing process. The detailed discussions on the role of carbon markets under the SBSTA ended in disagreement and postponement which was disheartening, but there remains hope.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Hydropower Supplies More than Three-Quarters of Brazil's Electric Power

June 20, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Brazil and Hydropower

Brazil is the second-largest producer of hydroelectric power in the world, trailing only China, and the country depends on hydroelectricity for more than 75% of its electric power supply. Much of Brazil's hydroelectric potential lies in the country's Amazon River basin in the north.[read more]

Is Solar Energy the Answer to Brazil's Energy Crisis?

April 2, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Brazil Energy Crisis and Solar

The newest energy project from world-leading solar power module maker Yingli Green Energy is a 1-megawatt installation located at Brazil's Arena Pernambuco soccer stadium, which is the site of five upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup matches.[read more]

Our Holiday Wish List

December 24, 2013 by Leticia Phillips

Energy Wish List

Heading into the New Year, it’s clear the decisions confronting lawmakers and EPA regulators on the RFS will have a great impact on our world’s journey towards decreasing greenhouse gases and improving energy security. Here’s our wish list for the presents we’d like to see in 2014.[read more]

Brazil: Applications for 392 MW of Solar Energy Projects Filed in One Week

June 1, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

Brazil's solar energy growth

Brazil, which has been a wind energy leader for a long time, has started to get going in the solar energy arena. In one recent week, it saw a tremendous surge of applications for solar power projects that totaled 392.4 MW.[read more]

Forests Fuel Brazilian Hydropower

May 31, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Belo Monte dam

In Brazil, hydropower is king. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a whopping 79 percent of Brazil’s electricity came from hydropower in 2010.[read more]

Amazon's Belo Monte Mega Dam: Saga and Controversy Continues

May 18, 2013 by Antonio Pasolini

Belo Monte controversies continue

The latest installment of the saga has been the expulsion of journalists from the site where they would cover the latest protest by indigenous activists who have brought the building of the dam to a halt.[read more]

Solar Energy Investment Attractiveness Of Sunbelt Countries

May 14, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

solar energy investment

The solar energy investment attractiveness of a country is based on many factors. Some important ones are the overall investment attractiveness of a country, solar policies in the country, and natural solar power potential.[read more]

Brazil: Will President Dilma Veto the Future of Forests?

May 26, 2012 by Solana Larsen

Photo by Fora do Eixo on Flickr

Online social media has been abuzz since the approval of the new Forestry Code in Brazil by the National Congress, on April 25, 2012, with 274 votes in support and 184 against [pt]. President Dilma Rousseff, who can use her presidential legal right in congress to veto the future of forests up until May 25, has been in the spotlight...[read more]

New Oil Spill in Brazil

March 16, 2012 by Antonio Pasolini

Image Credit: NASA

A fresh oil spill off the Brazilian coasts highlights once again the environmental dangers of offshore drilling.[read more]

What’s So Bad About Exporting Gasoline?

January 9, 2012 by Robert Rapier

One of my Top 10 Energy Stories of 2011 was the fact that the U.S. had become a net exporter of finished petroleum products such as diesel and gasoline. In fact, because gasoline and diesel prices were so high, fuel exports were valued at $88 billion, which made them the top value export in 2011 for the first time ever:[read more]

Climate, Insurance & the Next Financial Meltdown

January 5, 2012 by Marc Gunther

Well-to-do Brazilians are buying up luxury condos on the beach in Miami, The Times reported last week. “They are taking Miami by storm,” one real estate executive declared. It’s an unfortunate metaphor.[read more]

The Brazil Spill

December 16, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

Late yesterday I saw a headline reporting that Chevron was being assessed more than $10 billion for a spill from its drilling activities offshore Brazil last month. The story was later revised to clarify that the amount in question was associated with a civil lawsuit being filed by a Brazilian prosecutor, rather than an actual fine by...[read more]

Durban: Putting the Dust into the Dustbin of History?

December 8, 2011 by A Siegel

This guest post, from Heather Libby in Durban, South Africa, provides a window in thinking as to the gap between the negotiating halls and people suffering from climate chaos a few miles away, the gap between putting happy faces on a problem and choosing to address climate change in a way to reduce its catastrophic impacts....[read more]