Developing Nations From Morocco to Mexico Stepping Up Their Renewable Energy Plans

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Don't say COP15 amounted to totally nothing... Renewable Energy World has an interesting run down of what 25 of the developing nations are doing in terms of National Appropriate Mitigations Actions in the wake of the climate conference. It may be an overly wordy way of saying renewable energy plans, but their worth paying attention to. Here are some highlights:Ethiopia may be doing some at least semi-sketchy things with hydropower, but it's also planning some 760 MW of wind power by 2013, 450 MW of geothermal by 2018, as well as stepping up it's biofuel profile. Which frankly may not sound like a lot, but considering IEA data shows the whole nation's power capacity now is well under a gigawatt (nearly all hydro), it's a big step.

Morocco is developing 2 GW of solar power and really ramping up solar water heater installations (1.7 million square meters by 2020); today they get pretty much zero electricity from solar and only a small percentage from wind. Ghana will get 10-20% of it's power from renewable sources by 2020; other than hydropower, they effectively have no major renewable energy deployment today.

The original article goes on to talk about the efforts of Mexico (30% GHG reduction by 2020 + 7 GW more renewables), Indonesia (26% reduction in emissions by 2020), Sierra Leone, Jordan, and a number of locations in Eastern Europe.

The thing that's interesting in it more than anything is that while all the attention is on the big climate culprits and the nations to be first affected--and perhaps justifiably so--there's a lot of interesting action taking place in the metaphorical middle.

Read the original: Renewable Energy World
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