The role of geothermal in the Caribbean’s energy future

The Caribbean is one of the world’s largest untapped sources of renewable energy, with huge solar, wind, geothermal and marine energy potential. Despite this, most Caribbean nations still use imported diesel or oil to generate more than 90% of their…

Caribbean leaders to create world’s first “climate-smart zone”

Recent hurricanes have left unprecedented devastation across the Caribbean and it is a traumatic time for all those who live in the region. Whole communities and towns have been decimated, and the global community needs to act quickly and give…

Barbados to grant licences to IPPs

The Barbados government says independent power producers interested in supplying electricity to the national grid will be able to apply for licences by early next year. Energy Minister Darcy Boyce said that recommendations on licensing systems for these producers should…

Caribbean Nations Turn to Renewable Energy

The Caribbean faces several challenges to its energy sector, which harm the region’s people and potential for economic growth. The Caribbean power generation sector receives 87 percent of its energy production from imported fossil fuels, despite the availability of solar,…

Caribbean Setting Ambitious Renewable Energy Targets

Caribbean countries join a growing list of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which have set ambitious targets to switch to renewables. In October 2016, Barbados set a new target of generating 65 percent of its power from renewable sources by…

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…

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…

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…