Saint Lucia new energy roadmap to include geothermal – at right price

In a release last week, the government of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean has issued a new energy roadmap revealing a sustainable, reliable, cost-effective, and equitable electricity future for Saint Lucia. The study has been initiated and worked with the…

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…

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…

New Sustainable Energy Facility for Eastern Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have signed off on the Sustainable Energy Facility, a US$71.5 million loan and grant package that will fund renewable energy and institutional capacity projects in six Eastern Caribbean countries.…

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…

Status of Geothermal in the Caribbean

Caribbean islands situated on continental plate boundaries have shown promising geothermal potential, estimated in the region at 850 megawatt. The chart above compares current installed geothermal capacity to “announced developing capacity,” the estimated power plant capacity reported for a specific site by a…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Cork Hill/Weekes Geothermal, Montserrat

In 2012, Montserrat began developing the island’s first geothermal project. Funds were provided by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (roughly $13.5 million) and the Caribbean Development Bank, with in-kind contributions from the government itself. Iceland Drilling was awarded…

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…