BUN-CA, co-organizer of the Regional Conference: "Energy Efficiency and Electrical Safety for the Americas”

From March 09th to 11th, 2010, it was held for the first time in Central America the Regional Conference "Energy Efficiency and Electrical Safety - Priority for the Americas" organized by CANENA, under the auspices of the Institute of Technical Standards of Costa Rica INTECO and BUN-CA.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Economy and Industry of Costa Rica, Mr. Eduardo Sibaja, with the official participation of the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) represented by Mr. Greivin Mayorga, the Electricity Sector General Manager and by representatives of the sponsoring organizations.

During the 3-day conference, there were presentations on electrical-technical innovative technologies, energy efficient equipment, electrical safety practices in industrial and commercial facilities, and high quality electrical products for electrical installations. Likewise, equipment manufacturers and importers made presentations to inform the general public about their innovative products. Finally, presentations by regional and international speakers highlighted the relevance of energy efficiency -through the development of technical standards- and the need for harmonization that exists at the regional level.

The event was attended by international representatives of organizations such as: (NEMA, NFPA, ANCE, CSA Standards, among others); suppliers of electrical equipment (bticino, Schneider, Eaton, Thomas & Betts, among others), the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE), institutions working with PEER at the regional level on energy efficiency, such as the Salvadorian Association of Industries (ASI), the Technological University of Panama (UTP), INTECO, COPANT, and BUN-CA.

Feedback Workshop with University Professors

April 2010 will be the month to carry out the Feedback Workshop with University Professors who have been involved in the topic of energy efficiency in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and have participated in the academic trainings conducted within the BUN-CA/PEER Capacity Component of the Project.

These workshops aim at strengthening technical knowledge on national and regional training programs in Energy Efficiency by making an official presentation of the technical material prepared in previous years by BUN-CA/PEER, to strengthened on-going activities leaded by these universities.

Each workshop is being co-organized under the auspices of the School of Electromechanical Engineering in the Technological Institute of Costa Rica (ITCR) and the National Engineering University of Nicaragua (UNI), in Costa Rica and Nicaragua respectively.

Towards energy sustainability, Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua

On February 17th 2010, a group of tourism entrepreneurs grouped in the Cooperative of Development of Tourism for the Segovias -COODETUR- motivated by BUN-CA, who are interested in saving on their electricity bills and helping conserve the environment, have prompted an initiative that involves the purchase of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) by negotiating volume and price with major importers. These CFLs should also meet recently enforced energy efficiency technical standards for Nicaragua. This came as a result of the Workshop "Energy Efficiency aimed at tourism businesses in Nueva Segovia" conducted by BUN-CA in early February 2010.

These tourist entrepreneurs, including hoteliers and restaurants, among others,  believe that this decision provides many advantages such as: giving greater value to business in environmental and sustainability aspects as well as to keep working on the implementation of energy-efficiency best practices in the tourism industry in Northern Nicaragua.

Capacity Building in Energy Efficiency: The Case of Panama

Under the framework of this initiative recently launched by BUN-CA and the Finnish firm, MOTIVA, with cofounding from the Energy and Environment Partnership between Central American and Finland (EEP), it is being organized the National Workshop "Capacity Building for Energy Diagnostics" from the 12th to 16th of April, 2010, in the Panama City.

This workshop aims to help improve the technical capacity of electrical and mechanics engineers nation-wide to carry energy audits in a more professional way, targeting public and private institutions of Panama. This event counts with the active participation of the National Secretary of Energy, the National Authority of Environment (ANAM), and the Technological University of Panama, among other public institutions and several private companies.

Regional Workshop on "Gender Equity and Energy Efficiency", Costa Rica

With the assistance of Ms. Bellyni Sigüenza, President of the Association of Small Hoteliers of El Salvador, Ms. Sandra Mejia, President of the Association of Small Hotels of Nicaragua-HOPEN, Ms. Ivette López, representing the Association of Tourism Microentrepreneurs of La Fortuna, Costa Rica -AMITUFOR- and the owners and colaborators of 21 hotels located in La Fortuna de San Carlos, BUN-CA facilitated the “First Regional Workshop on Gender Equity and Energy Efficiency”.

This workshop was a very successful experience among sharing experiences with owners and employers in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua, identifying learned lessons on gender and energy efficiency in these three countries, under the technical assistance from the gender organization COOPESOLIDAR R.L.

Technical field trip to monitor hotel energy savings

During the month of March 2010 a technical visit was carried out to the participating hotels located in La Fortuna de San Carlos, in order to monitor the energy savings and investments made through the scope of this initiative, managed by Fundecooperacion in Costa Rica and funded by the Netherlands. So far, BUN-CA has accounted estimated annual savings in electricity consumption of around 100 MWh in five hotels that recently jointed the Program.

The main energy efficiency measures that have been carried out are: the electronic door lock in rooms, installation of water heating systems using solar collectors and the replacement of incandescent lamps by compact fluorescent lamps.

Awareness Materials

In order to transfer knowledge in Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica, the Renewable Energy Division of the Department of Energy of Bhutan -the implementing partner of this project in Benin-  offers our readers a brochure in English about measures to save electricity. (See brochure)

In addition, the organization Nature Tropicale (co-executor in Benin), has edited a video showing the importance of handling disposable batteries in low lands of Benin. (See video)

Tender invitation to participate in the supply and installation of Electric Cooking in Bhutan

The Renewable Energy Division of the Department of Energy of Bhutan, invites equipment suppliers to submit sealed bids for the supply, installation and commissioning of different sizes of electric stoves with accessories. The equipment will be installed in Chhodzong Tashi in Thimphu, Convent in Trongsa and Kungarabten Shedra in Kharchu Bumthang.

Under the South-South Cooperation Agreement funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and managed by Fundecooperación.

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Workshop on standardization and certification in Nicaragua

BUN-CA/PEER participated in the Workshop "Experiences in developing Systems Standards and Certification of Electrical Installations and Electrical Products", organized by the National Electric Manufacturers Association -NEMA- and the Government of Nicaragua.

This workshop succeeded in providing the public with general information about the processes of standardization and certification of products and electrical installations. The workshop was held on March 12th, 2010 and was attended by 30 suppliers of electrical equipment and public and private institutions.

Mission to Panama

Following the Energy Efficiency actions in Panama, José María Blanco, Regional Director of BUN-CA, has planned a mission from 23rd to 26th March, 2010 to carry out meetings with local stakeholders for the preparation and coordination of the Capacity Building Workshop in Energy Audits to be held in Panama.

Office hours for Easter Week in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

BUN-CA announces that business offices in San José, Costa Rica and Nicaragua during the Easter Week will work normally from Monday 29th to Wednesday 31st, opening again on April 5th, 2010.