Latin America and the Caribbean is the region that loses the most electricity in its transmission and distribution systems. Only in 2012, the region lost 240 terawatt hours (TWh), which is equivalent to 17% of the total electricity generated. This situation, which has gotten worse in recent decades, is analyzed in the recent report Power Lost. … [Read more...] about How to Reduce Electricity Losses and Ensure Energy Security
This entry is part of an ongoing series about ESCI’s work in Northern Haiti. New development projects, such as the Caracol Industrial Park (PIC), have sprung up throughout the region, bringing about economic growth and rapid urban development. In this context, the challenge for Haitian planners is to use territorial management—formalizing new settlements, providing basic … [Read more...] about Getting Rural Electrification Right: Lessons from Northern Haiti
A program to support project development will soon be available for eligible renewable energy projects in Latin America and the Caribbean via the new Sustainable Energy Marketplace. If you are involved in developing, financing or maintaining sustainable energy projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, you are eligible to receive a grant from the IDB. To learn more about the … [Read more...] about Join the New Sustainable Energy Marketplace!
What is the importance of having a goal of sustainable development specifically dedicated to energy (SDG 7) as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2016 to 2030? Representatives of the Ministries of Energy of 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean met in Tarija, Bolivia on October 29, 2015 to discuss exactly this issue and to better understand … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Support Sustainable Energy Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
Several rural water projects in Honduras have proven that investing in solar energy can reduce operating costs by up to 81%. In Honduras, the Inter-American Development Bank recently launched a Rural Water Program, which aims to improve the capacity of existing potable water and basic sanitation in rural communities with less than 2,000 inhabitants. Switching from the power … [Read more...] about Can Solar Energy Reduce Costs for Rural Water Projects?