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…

New Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE)

The new Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) was given the green light in July, 2014. The centre will become part of UNIDO´s Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres. The regional centre of excellence will support the…

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…

PPPs in the Caribbean: Building on Early Lessons

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are receiving significant policy attention in the Caribbean. As fiscal pressures constrain public sector-led investment, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is critically examining alternative funding models for delivering economic and social services with the release of a new…

Financing Green Projects In Barbados

Many recent studies have shown Barbados to be a challenging environment for renewable energy and green technology financing. The country dropped 5 spots in the Climatescope 2013 ranking although the 2014 Electric Light and Power Act tries to stem the tide. In a push…

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…