LAC Regarded as One of the Great Frontiers for Clean Energy Investment

Lots of poorer countries may be gearing up to largely skip fossil fuel reliance in favor of renewables, if a report released last week is any indication. It’s long been assumed that developing nations — particularly those in Africa and…

Renewable Energy Needs Stronger Support from Government

Caribbean states have promised to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and transition to a more renewable energy economy. Saint Lucia and Aruba has even gone so far as to vowed to transition to 100% renewable energy generation as part of the Ten…

Pan Caribbean in Jamaica Moving into Biofuel Production

The Chinese-owned Pan Caribbean Sugar Company Ltd. is powering up its generators in order to use bagasse to produce energy. Over the next 3 years the company is moving to convert into energy, bagasse, the pulp that remains after the extraction of juice…

Transforming the energy landscape in the Eastern Caribbean

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) aim to transform the energy landscape in the Eastern Caribbean. The three agencies will support the efforts of Eastern Caribbean states to reduce high energy costs and dependence on…

The Caribbean needs a Marshall Plan for Clean Energy

Lefties Food Stall, a pint-sized eatery serving Barbados’ signature flying-fish sandwiches, recently became the first snack shack on the Caribbean island to be fitted with a solar panel. The nearby public shower facility sports a panel as well. So does…

Creating the Right Climate for RE Investment in the Caribbean

CDB President, Dr. Warren Smith speaks with Bloomberg on how the Caribbean can make the transition to renewable energy by capitalising on available opportunities. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJNQGw1FmUY  

Are Biofuels A Remedy to Intermittency on Small Islands?

As we know, most Caribbean islands currently rely on importing fossil fuels at enormous environmental and economic cost. There is a sincere and widespread policy switch now to renewable energy, though many challenges still remain. A noteworthy presentation at CREF 2013 in Aruba…

Solar Power, Coconut Biofuel to Meet 150% of Pacific Nation’s Electricity Demand

Solar power plants and coconut biofuel-powered generators will be switched on in Tokelaunext week as the three-atoll administered region of New Zealand gears up to become the ‘the world’s first truly renewable nation’. The renewable energy system comprising of solar panels,…

Renewable Energy in the Caribbean: Current Trends and Lessons from History

Island regions are largely dependent on imported oil for power generation. Local governments support renewable sources to limit exposure to volatile oil markets, but barriers hinder the development of a strong renewable energy sector. In an article in Energy Policy, Rebekah Shirley and Daniel Kammen…