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A 25-year treaty between the Quebec government and the province's Inuit could provide at least $475 million (US$298 million) to the aboriginal economy and allow an increase in the province's hydroelectric production.
Although the White House's fiscal year 2005 budget proposal, released last week, calls for a 2.3% reduction in spending for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) energy efficiency and renewable energy (EERE) programs, spending for research for wind power would increase slightly, according to analysis by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Proposed funding for wind power research rose 0.7% from last year's budget to $41.6 million.
A measure being hailed as the "largest environmental conservation project on the planet" could close as much as 30 percent of Quebec's northern territory from hydroelectric development, sources report.
Modifications to Hyatt Dam near Ashland, Ore., will begin in early June and be completed by the end of November, according to a May 24 announcement from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which said it awarded Alaska-based Suulutaaq Inc. a construction contract in April for US$4.4 million.
U. S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is making $2.2 million available to seven Native American tribes to support the development of renewable energy resources on tribal lands.
Brazil will increase the use of renewable energy, target zero net deforestation and push for low-carbon agriculture as part of its climate proposal, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said in an interview.
Obama renominates Norris, names Clark to FERC