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…

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…

Smart Grids in the Caribbean, New Study by ECLAC

A study by ECLAC highlights the potential of smart grids technology in the Latin America and the Caribbean, which will greatly enhance the regions energy security. For example, Grand Cayman’s only public electric utility, The Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd (CUC), is already in…

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…