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Friday, January 10, 2003
Mass Megawatts Chosen for 25 Megawatt Windpower Plant
: "Winrock Financial Services, Ltd., a South American leader of environmental causes, has chosen Mass Megawatt's (OTC Bulletin Board: MMGW) "Multi-Axis Turbosystem" (MAT) to provide 25 megawatts of power capacity at the company's titanium processing facility near Puerto Columbia, South America commonly known as a tourist and resort area." This appears to be the first major order for this unusual design. 5:18:15 PM
Germany's GTZ runs the TERNA
(Technical Expertise for Renewable Energy Application) wind energy programme, since 1998. It's 2002 report covers 15 countries. 5:15:16 PM
Cuba Education - PV Powered
: More than 2,000 rural schools, 400 surgeries, 200 video rooms and 12 hospitals in Cuba are using solar PV systems, according to government officials. "Over 34,000 children in rural areas of this small Caribbean island are reading, writing and watching educational videos.. In June of 2001, Cubasolar received the United Nation's Environmental Program 'Global 500' Award for this remarkable program." [PDF with pictures
] 5:05:20 PM
More European wind power: In the last two months, approval has been granted for 470 MW in Ireland
by 2005, 100 MW in UK offshore
by 2004, and 240 MW in Germany offshore
starting in 2005. Construction starts this year on 1,000 MW in Germany offshore, with 24 more projects in the pipeline, towards a projected 25,000 MW by 2030. 5:01:17 PM
Generating Cleaner Renewable Energy for Remote Regions of Indonesia: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved $161m: "The Renewable Energy Development Sector Project will connect about 76,000 new consumers to the power grid and benefit over 5 million people, of whom about one fifth are poor. In addition, ADB will administer a technical assistance (TA) grant of US$800,000 from its Danish Cooperation Fund for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency to pilot a scheme allowing 10,000 low-income families in Indonesia's outer islands to defer the start-up costs of connections... The project comprises 12 subprojects that will add a total of 82 megawatts of capacity in five remote regions of the outer islands. It will also strengthen associated power distribution networks. The total cost of the project is estimated to be US$256 million, of which US$95 million will come from the Government and PLN (Perusahaan Listrik Negara), the State electricity enterprise." 4:52:03 PM
Critique of the IAEA: Interview with David Albright, President of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) and outside analyst for the UN International Atomic Energy Agency, with crticism of its inpection methods. He questions why it fell behind on Iran: "there is a cultural problem where they just don't ask enough questions, they're not suspicious enough, and it's at the top leadership. .. you have to exercise your rights and I think there has been a hesitancy in the agency to do that and also I think they're too secretive. We constantly have battles over secrecy. We think that they are over the top on secrecy and it hurts them because they start to pull their punches, they're not as accountable to the international community.
in Russia [we need] to make sure and have greater confidence that nuclear material doesn't go missing there and if I can just mention that that problem remains profound. [Also] We do have to worry that a terrorist group will attack us or our allies or someone else with a dirty bomb and eventually we have to worry that they will attack with a crude nuclear explosive. " 8:22:47 AM