Costa Rica

Costa Rica


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A wind farm in Central America is one of 15 projects accepted as part of America's bid to reduce greenhouse gases. The proposed 20 MW for Tierras Morenas is apparently to be developed by the government of Costa Rica with New World Power Corp, Energia del Nuevo Mundo SA, and Molinos De Vienta del Arenal SA. The project highlighted by the US Department of State during a meeting of the El Salvador Business Council on Sustainable Development in late February, attended by US Secretary of State Warren Christopher. Christopher then referred to his discussion in El Salvador on wind and solar projects when he gave a major address on national security and the environment at Stanford University in California last month. The projects in question are under the US Initiative on Joint Implementation (USIJI), one of several pilot programmes to combat greenhouse warming. The initiative was launched in October 1993 as part of President Clinton's Climate Change Action Plan and is to help implement private-sector funded projects. The projects must involve the US and a developing country. Twelve of the 15 projects under discussion are in Latin America. Since no other information was immediately available and since New World has recently reorganised and is facing financial cut-backs, it is not clear if the proposal is viable.

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