Joint ECLAC-GIZ project identifies unique aspects of renewable energy in select countries
Saint Lucia is proposing to transition its official fleet of government vehicles from petrol to electric and hybrid, and to develop a solar car park with electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This is just one of the many outcomes of an innovative project on Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean implemented by ECLAC Caribbean over the past two years, with the support of the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) and other regional partners.
The Caribbean region is rich in renewable energy (RE) resources. High solar exposure, constant trade winds, and geothermal andoceanic energy sources are abundant throughout the region. The launch of the ECLAC-GIZ project has helped to place exploration and development of the significant potential for RE generation squarely on the agenda of Caribbean energy policymakers.
Through this project, ECLAC and the GIZ have provided countries in the Caribbean with increased opportunities to develop projects in energy efficiency (EE) and RE, along with possible avenues for funding these projects. Entitled “Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean: Reducing the Carbon Footprint in the Caribbean through the Promotion of Energy Efficiency and the Use of Renewable Energy Technologies”, the project was implemented over the two year period, October 2014 to September 2016.
A proposal to finance in Saint Lucia the transition of official vehicles fuelled by petrol to electric and hybrid sources was one of the topics discussed during a high-level project evaluation meeting hosted by ECLAC in partnership with GIZ, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on 8 September 2016.
Other notable outcomes were achieved through this project. The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is benefitting from expert advice in updating its National Energy Policy. Similarly, the government of the Cayman Islands has requested support in reviewing and finalizing its recently drafted energy policy, as the country prepares for the expansion of RE use in its economy.
The project also supported the establishment of a new national energy and water regulatory body – the National Utilities Regulatory Commission (NURC) in Saint Lucia. This new body will regulate energy policy by setting licensing and pricing conditions for independent power producers, and by crafting regulatory policy for both power suppliers and consumers.
Dominica, Saint Lucia and Martinique also received support in shaping energy sector profiles, and in identifying financing options for the development of national EE and RE technologies. ECLAC Caribbean also facilitated meetings and policy dialogues on EE and RE for stakeholders in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Guyana and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, providing information on options for financing the development of EE and RE projects and fostering dialogue on the promotion of EE and RE in the subregion.
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