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,…

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…

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…

Renewable Energy Needs Stronger Support from Government

Caribbean states have promised to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and transition to a more renewable energy economy. Saint Lucia and Aruba has even gone so far as to vowed to transition to 100% renewable energy generation as part of the Ten…

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…

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…