Obama Urges Green Energy at CARICOM-US Summit

United States President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit Jamaica in more than 33 years with a visit to Jamaica this week. On Thursday, Obama met with a group of CARICOM Prime Ministers for what was billed…

Big News for the BVIs

Residents of the Virgin Islands will soon be able to use and sell renewable energy following the passing of the British Virgin Islands Electricity Ordinance Amendment Act 2015. The Amended Act was passed at the Fourth Sitting of the Fourth…

The Thorny Issue of Biodiversity in Clean Energy Development

What is the relationship between clean energy and biodiversity? At a global level, renewable energy certainly causes less pollution in the life cycle of a project than traditional fossil fuels - and mitigating climate change will safeguard many vulnerable ecosystems…

First Energy Security Summit Promotes Independence from Petrocaribe

The U.S. will host the first ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, DC. It aims to promote greater energy self-sufficiency and environmentally sustainable diversification away from crude oil in the Caribbean through improved energy governance, better access to international financing, technical help,…

A Sweep of New RE Policies in Jamaica

Jamaica's Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell says Government's policy shift on alternative energy, including the provision of incentives, is resulting in greater use of and investments in renewable options. Under the policy, Government is facilitating access to low interest rate loans for…

Under the Lens: The Development of RE in Latin America & Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean is a hotspot in low-carbon power generation. Declining costs, maturing technologies, and the sheer untapped potential for renewables offers an promising opportunity for continued development in the coming years. In particular, continuing investment in renewables will provide the…

Our 1 Year Anniversary Recap

Renewable Energy Caribbean is one year old today and to celebrate we are showcasing the top renewable energy stories in the region from 2014. Thank you to all our subscribers. We have many features planned for this year so be…

Restructuring Puerto Rico’s Ailing Utility

Puerto Rico looks set to miss its target to achieve 12% renewable energy by next year. The island currently generates between 2-6% of its electricity from alternative, clean sources – namely hydro, wind and solar power. This is surprising considering Puerto Rico’s…

Hybrid systems may hold key for clean energy

A new report from Oregon State University states that renewable energy could see a significant leap forward with improved storage technologies or more efforts to "match" hybrid forms of clean energy systems that provide an overall more steady flow of electricity. Historically, a major…

CARICOM Countries Reduce Dependency on PetroCaribe

As crude prices plunge, four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries are taking steps to reduce their reliance on PetroCaribe, Venezuela’s  oil subsidy. The four countries include Guyana, Haiti, Belize and Jamaica and it is thought more will follow suit, according to…

What Climate Change Will Mean for Jobs

Paper commissioned by the Green Jobs Programme, International Labour Organisation (ILO), highlights some of the main links between climate change and employment in the Caribbean basin, targeted for government and workers’ organisations but relevant to a wider audience. Climate change…

Best Caribbean Island for Starting a Business

The World Bank's flagship publication, Doing Business 2017: Going Beyond Efficiency, looks at the regulations that enhance or constrain business activity worldwide. In this year's report, Trinidad and Tobago was among the 10 economies that improved the most in 2013/2014 in areas tracked by Doing…

Dominican Republic, Jamaica & Barbados Top RE in the Caribbean

Cost differences between renewables and fossil fuels have traditionally guided new renewable energy additions, especially in developing countries. But those days are ending, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) Climatescope 2014 report, which finds renewable electricity is now just as…

New IRENA Web Portal & Interactive Library

IRENA is seeking those within the renewable energy sectors to join their Global Atlas Virtual Advisory Network for the upcoming release of the Global Atlas v 2.0. Registration: http://bit.ly/1upgZOi Participants will have the unique opportunity to be the first public users of the new…