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1. Ambassador: U.S. Continues to Support Projects to Diversify Gas Supplies to Europe
2. Announcement of expression of interest for development of Oni Hydropower Plants Cascade
3. Memorandum was signed in scope of unofficial visit of Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey
4. Government Amends Renewable Energy 2008 Program
5. Global solar photovoltaic growth doubled in 2010
6. US EPA allows sale of gasoline with up to 15% ethanol
7. Durban climate talks to finalize institution building arrangements
8. Publications
9. Events



 

Oil and Gas

Ambassador: U.S. Continues to Support Projects to Diversify Gas Supplies to Europe
The activities of countries and companies, aimed at the development of the Southern Gas Corridor project, will serve the convergence and strengthening of relations with Europe, as well as play a role in the diversification of routes of gas supplies, the U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza said Thursday. "The countries and companies are at an important stage. Their activities are aimed at the development of the Southern Corridor project, will ensure convergence and strengthening of relations with Europe. Their activities will also serve to diversify routes of gas supplies to Europe," Bryza said.  According to him, the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan and official Washington will continue to support the sides in this regard. The purpose of this is to help the sides reach an agreement on a successful and attractive project in terms of commerce and trade.  Earlier, in January Azerbaijan and the European Union signed in Baku a Joint Declaration on the Southern Gas Corridor. "  The South Corridor is a priority EU energy project diversifying energy supply routes and sources and increasing EU energy security. The South Corridor includes the Nabucco gas pipeline, Trans Adriatic Pipeline, White Stream, and ITGI.
http://gbc.ge/index.php?m=home&newsid=30122

 

Electrical Power

Announcement of expression of interest for development of Oni Hydropower Plants Cascade
Ministry of Energy of Georgia announces expression of interest for Development of Hydropower Plants – “Oni Cascade” on the Rioni River, Racha-Lechkhumi Region.  The purpose of Expression of Interest is to attract potential investors for the construction, operation and ownership of Oni Hydropower Plant Cascade on the Rioni River, Racha-Lechkhumi Region; To examine submitted applications and to identify the best investment application. Expression of interest is conducted according to the terms and conditions provided below, which are approved by the Government of Georgia. Minimum total Installed Capacity should be 190 MW.  The deadline for presenting the documentation is March 11, 2011 . Documentations are received: In the Ministry of Energy of Georgia - #2 Baratashvili str., Tel/Fax 35 78 29, 35 78 28
http://minenergy.gov.ge/index.php?m=262&newsid=543

Memorandum was signed in scope of unofficial visit of Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey
On February 19, 2011 in Batumi Sheraton Hotel, Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Government of Georgia and Turkish company "Optimum Energy" (Agaoglu Group). By MOU construction of Abuli, Arakali and Akhalkalaki HPPs on the river Paravani with total capacity of 45 MW is foreseen.  Turkish company Optimum Energy has been awarded by decision of Government of Georgia as a result of winning expression of interest announced by Ministry of Energy of Georgia.  The Agreement on the construction of 154 kV transmission line “Batumi –Murakli” was signed as well by EnergoPro Georgia, Georgian State Electrosystem and Turkish company TEIAS Prior to signing ceremony. Unofficial meeting was held between Minister of Energy of Georgia and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey. Mr. Alexander Khetaguri and Mr. Taner Yildiz discussed the ongoing projects between countries and perspectives of future cooperation.
http://minenergy.gov.ge/index.php?m=262&newsid=545



Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency

Government Amends Renewable Energy 2008 Program
The Georgian government has amended the Renewable Energy 2008 program.  Under the February 3 resolution of the Energy Ministry, several hydro power plants in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region have been removed from the program, namely, Dariali HPP on the river Tergi (99.9 megawatts), Tergi HPP on the river Tergi (17.2 megawatts), Amala HPP on the river Amaal (8.3 megawatts), Chkheri HPP on the river Chkheri (14.8 megawatts), Juta HPP on the river Juta (8.9 megawatts), Sno HPP on the river Snostskali (17.8 megawatts), Kobi HPP on the river Tergi (11 megawatts), Truso HPP on the river Tergi (8.7 megawatts) and Tsdo HPP on the river Tergi (57.1 megawatts). Certain parameters should be improved to include these HPPs in the program,, the Energy Ministry says.  As reported, the government-proposed renewable energy 2008 program calls for constructing 78 small hydro power plants in Georgia.
http://gbc.ge/index.php?m=home&newsid=30119

Global solar photovoltaic growth doubled in 2010
The world added about 16 gigawatts (GW) of new solar photovoltaic (PV) power in 2010, double the growth seen a year earlier, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association told Reuters on Monday. The global increase, confounding a financial crisis, reflects sharp falls in solar panel prices and generous subsidies. Europe dominated new solar power installations last year, at about 13 GW, with Germany and Italy accounting for nearly 7 GW and about 3 GW respectively.
http://www.energy-enviro.fi/index.php?PAGE=3&NODE_ID=5&LANG=1&ID=3524

US EPA allows sale of gasoline with up to 15% ethanol
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has expanded the range of vehicles allowed to use gasoline containing the biofuel ethanol.  In October last year, the EPA approved a waiver allowing the use of gasoline containing 15% ethanol – E15 – for vehicles from model year 2007 onwards.
But the agency delayed a decision on whether E15 was suitable for use in older vehicles.
Now, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has made the decision that it is suitable for cars and light trucks from model years 2001 onwards on the basis of a Department of Energy review of the effect of E15 on emissions.
http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/i/3739/



Climate Change

Durban climate talks to finalize institution building arrangements
The next UN climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, will focus on
finalizing and adopting the institution-building arrangements launched in Cancun - as well as the methodologies to provide the rigour and transparency, said Christiana Figueres, UN climate chief, writes Afrique en ligne. "In Cancun, nations evidently chose to approach the challenge in a bottom-up manner through a compilation of best national efforts," Ms Figueres said. "It is hard to say whether this will suffice to keep the world on a 2 degrees Celsius trajectory."
http://www.energy-enviro.fi/index.php?PAGE=3&NODE_ID=5&LANG=1&ID=3530

 

Publications

An Introduction to Sustainable Resource Use
By Callum Hill
'A remarkably readable text providing a comprehensive discussion of resource supply and demand and impacts. The reader travels from the industrial revolution and on the way takes in thermodynamics, important metals and mitigation strategies.
http://www.earthscan.co.uk/?TabId=102564&v=513243

 

Events


Sustainable Energy Week
Tbilisi, Gerorgia
11 – 15 April 2011
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?saved&&note_id=193352074021969

THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM FOR GEORGIAN COMMUNITIES - ENERGY BUS PROJECT - PHASE II
Georgia, Rustavi  district
 28  February  - 4 March 2011
http://www.eecgeo.org/en/project_energy_bus.htm


World Sustainable Energy Days
Wels, Austria
02 -  04 March  2011
http://www.earthscan.co.uk/tabid/467/Default.aspx

The Sustainable Business Summit
London, UK
17 March  2011
http://www.earthscan.co.uk/tabid/467/Default.aspx

19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
Berlin, Germany
conference  6 – 10  June 2011
Exhibition 6 – 9  June 2011
http://www.etaflorence.it/mailing/newsletter_new/header_biomass_berlin.jpg

 

Renewable Energy in the Public Sector
London, UK
June  23,  2011
http://www.publicserviceevents.co.uk/event/overview2.asp?ID=183


Sustainable Transport Systems
The Barbican, London.
April 14, 2011
http://www.publicserviceevents.co.uk/event/programme.asp?ID=176


 

3rd International Scientific Conference on Energy and Climate Change of PROMITHEAS Network
Athens (Greece)
13-14 October 2011
http://www.kepa.uoa.gr/kepaenglish1.html

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