Briefly Noted … Worldwide Renewable Energy News– Greenpeace has told Thailand to cancel a plan to build two coal-fired electricity plants and switch to renewable energy in the country. The environmental group claims that Thailand has the resources needed to make a profit from wind and solar power. Plans for two fossil fuel plants in Bo Nok and Ban Krut, south of Bangkok, are controversial because local communities and non-government organizations worry about social and environmental ramifications. – Crew Development Corp of Vancouver has received final regulatory approval to publicly list the Meager Creek Geothermal Project in British Columbia, which may become Canada’s first geothermal company to produce commercial electricity. – Aneel, the Brazilian electricity, will sign contracts on December 13 with nine applicants to develop a hydroelectric inventory of water basins in the states of Minas Gerais, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Sao Paulo, Amazonas, Para and Mato Grosso do Sul. Total capacity in the nine basins is estimated at 3,000 MW, and Aneel will offer development rights to private companies once the inventories are complete. – At the recent U.S. workshop on the use of renewable energy on government land, the National Hydropower Association called for reform of the licensing process and financial incentives for new hydroelectric development. The group said unnecessarily burdensome federal lands requirements of the Federal Power Act are obstacles to development and the hydroelectric licensing process is “fundamentally unbalanced due to the absolute authority of federal agencies to set the terms and conditions for the operations of a project on or near federal lands without considering the project’s many broader benefits.” NHA urged the creation of production tax credits or other financial incentives for new hydropower capacity at existing sites, to offset the “significant” development risks associated with hydropower. – The Argentinian subsidiary of Mexican construction group ICA, and Panedile, an Argentinian construction company, have formed a joint venture to build the Los Caracoles and Punta Negra hydroelectric plants in San Juan province. The US$30 million order was placed by AES, the U.S. energy group that has the concession to build and operate the plants. – Under Oregon’s new legislation requiring green choices, the state’s two largest electric utilities have selected Green Mountain Energy to provide a green power option for customers. Pacific Power and Portland General Electric say GME will offer green power options next March, including one option for customers to get all their electricity from renewable energy sources. – Votorantim, one of Brazil’s largest energy consumers, is concerned that the future cost of power may increase 28 percent over the next 15 years. The company generates only 40 percent of its own power and was interested in the auctions for hydro plants held by Aneel, the national energy agency. Votorantim paid R$600 million for four licences, which will increase the company’s generation capacity to 60 percent of needs.