Boosting Caribbean competitiveness by strengthening regional partnerships

A regional organization says the European Union (EU) plans to boost Caribbean competitiveness by strengthening regional partnerships. On Saturday, the Guadeloupe-based STC INTERREG Caraïbes said that INTERREG V Caribbean, a multimillion dollar EU-funded programme to strengthen regional partnerships, will be…

Skytron energy to equip largest power plant in the Caribbean

skytron® energy has been commissioned to provide monitoring and supervision technology for a 57.6 MWp solar power plant in Isabela, Puerto Rico. The plant named “Oriana” is owned by solar power producer and investor Sonnedix and is the largest plant…

The financial case for renewable energy on Barbados

With an estimated 66 cents in every dollar currently going towards this island’s fuel import bill, the Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA) says there is one sure way for Government to grow the economy. However, BREA President Aidan Rogers is…

$33m readied to finance resilient infrastructure in the CARICOM

Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide USD$33 million towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region. This marks the first time that CDB has accessed financing…

New rules for Barbados RE producers

Producers of electricity from renewable energy sources can now sell more power to the Barbados Light & Power Company (BL&P) under the Renewable Energy Rider (RER) programme at a fixed rate. Additionally, in announcing its decision today, the Fair Trading…

Small tropical islands could become the world’s first 100% renewable nations

We’ve heard a lot about urgent climate action from “world leaders” in developed countries, yet actual concrete achievements have been limited. The rich world may soon be shown up by small, tropical island nations which have plenty of wind and…

Renewable Energy Community Launched

The Caribbean Electricity Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) launched a renewable energy virtual community for utility engineers and energy practitioners called the CARILEC Renewable Energy Community (CAREC). The community features informative documents and training materials, monthly technical webinars and a real-time…

Energy Transition Platform

North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany has partnered with The Climate Group and Stiftung Mercator to formally launch the Energy Transition Platform. The global initiative supports highly industrialized, carbon intensive state and regional governments in developing and implementing innovative clean energy policies to…

Energy Security a Key Issue at Recent Trade & Investment Conference

The importance of reliable and consistent energy supply in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states was emphasized during the deliberations at the CARICOM/CUBA/FLORIDA Trade and Investment Conference held February 10-11, 2016 in Miramar, Florida. Director of the Institute of International Relations at the…

US$15 million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership Announced

The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP), in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and to…

New Energy Unit for Nevis Island

Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance Hon. Vance Amory, announced the Nevis Island Administration’s (NIA) plans to establish an Energy Unit in 2016, as part of its move to commission multiple renewable energy initiatives on the island.   He…

Caribbean countries warned to look for alternative sources of oil post-PetroCaribe

Caribbean countries are being warned about the possibility of having to look to alternative sources of oil, after the recently elected opposition coalition in Venezuela announced it will review agreements under the PetroCaribe energy agreement. These countries include the Organisation…

Renewable Industry Finds Itself With New Standards Watchdog

The world’s first international and independent standards and certification system for oil and gas production has decided to expand its reach to include renewable energy. Equitable Origin was founded in 2009 stemming from extensive engagement with affected communities in energy development throughout…