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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Sustainable Energy Project Development & Gender Specialist - extended deadline

The Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) is an institution of CARICOM with a mandate to promote Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) investments, markets and industries in the Caribbean. CCREEE aims at improving access to modern, affordable and reliable energy services, energy security and the mitigation of negative externalities of the energy system by promoting RE and EE; supported by the CARICOM Energy Knowledge Hub (CEKH), hosted at the CCREEE, and designed to enhance, inter alia, the efficiency and effectiveness with which intelligence is created and shared among stakeholders.
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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Experts from the region meet in Costa Rica to analyze common opportunities in energy matters

The main objective of this second meeting is to promote a discussion focused on the priorities identified in the First Regional Preparatory Meeting held in November 2018 in Miami.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Costa Rica hosts technical exchange mission to promote sustainable energy knowledge

In addition to the technical exchange mission, Costa Rica will host the Second Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2020 ECPA Ministerial Meeting.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Bringing Feminine Energy to the Energy Sector

There’s no getting around it: energy is a male-dominated industry. And that gender gap comes at the cost of innovation, according to Kelly Tomblin, CEO of an energy infrastructure company called INTREN and a former President and CEO of Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd. In an interview with the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), Tomblin argued that the energy sector needs more women—and more diversity in general—to bring a more balanced perspective to today’s challenges.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Costa Rica: Doing Renewable Energy for 70 Years

Throughout its seven decades of existence, Costa Rica’s state-owned electric utility—the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE)—has had a mandate to use renewable energy. That gives the country a deep well of experience from which to draw as it tries to reduce its carbon footprint even further. In an interview with the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), the public utility’s top executive talked about the role the company will play in the country’s ambitious Decarbonization Plan. Hint: It’s not just about going green, but about going digital too.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A Testing Ground for Green Microfinance

Green finance is not just for utility-scale solar plants or giant wind farms; it can also work for small businesses or even households. A program called EcoMicro—run by IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank—has helped design green finance solutions for small-scale borrowers as diverse as truckers in El Salvador, homemakers in Paraguay, and convenience-store owners in Mexico. Now it is expanding its presence in the Caribbean too.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Greening a Portfolio

At a time when climate change is headline news, it may seem like a no-brainer for a financial institution to offer green loans. But it’s not as simple as just launching a new product. As an official at the Grenada Development Bank explained, it’s important to first understand the market and the technologies available and then identify solutions that will work locally and meet customers’ needs.
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Monday, January 28, 2019

Dominica to provide nearly entire population with geothermal energy, funded partly by its citizenship programme

Construction will be set on the outskirts of the capital city of Roseau. It hopes to power 23,000 homes with clean geothermal energy, which represents approximately 90% of the entire population.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Reducing Fossil Fuel Dependence in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Generating electricity can be an expensive undertaking for small island states, which face such challenges as lack of scale and high fuel transport costs. The challenges only increase when a country includes multiple islands—as is the case with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Like much of the Caribbean, this island chain depends largely on fossil fuels to meet its energy needs. But that’s beginning to change.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

UAE Backs Renewables in the Caribbean

New solar projects are cropping up around the Caribbean, thanks to a $50 million grant fund created by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to promote renewable energy. The fund will ultimately benefit 16 countries, with the first three projects—in the Bahamas, Barbados, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines—now close to completion.
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