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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Barbados Aims High on Renewable Energy

Getting to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 will be not be easy and it will not be cheap, acknowledged the Minister of Energy and Water Resources of Barbados, Wilfred Abrahams. But, he said, Barbados simply cannot afford to keep buying imported oil. Setting the highest bar on renewable energy sends a clear message that “nothing other than a full commitment to this will do.”
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

First Step on the Journey to Jamaica

Representatives of 22 countries met recently in Miami to discuss some of the topics they would like to see on the table at the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). The October 2019 ministerial—to be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica—will bring together energy ministers and other high-level officials from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean to deepen their cooperation on energy and climate issues.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Island of Barbuda Still Getting Back on its Feet

When it comes to hurricanes, the twin-island Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has plenty of experience—eight major storms in just over two decades, bookended by Hurricane Luis in 1995 and Hurricane Irma in 2017. “It’s a painful experience, but you learn from your experiences,” Ambassador Brian Challenger explained, as he talked about the recovery process still underway in Barbuda. “You sort of develop some ability to bounce back.”
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Creating a More Resilient Energy Sector

In an era of fierce and frequent hurricanes, few would argue with the premise that the energy sector in the Caribbean must become more resilient—and fast. But what’s the most effective way to harden the electric grid, and where’s the money going to come from? How can island nations, territories, and communities accelerate planning and develop consensus about priorities? How can they incorporate renewable energy sources in a way that makes sense to both power utilities and their customers? These are just a few of the thorny questions participants will tackle at the 10th Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF), which takes place November 7-9 in Miami, Florida.
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Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Role of LNG in the Energy Mix

Natural gas production in the United States has boomed in recent years, contributing to a supply glut and reduced prices, while regulatory changes have paved the way for expanded U.S. exports. At the same time, technological innovations have provided new options for transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG), giving countries more flexibility to import this fuel seasonally or on a small scale. For some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean—especially those that currently burn fuel oil or coal to generate electricity—such factors could help change the calculus about the role of LNG in the energy mix.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Costa Rica: Full Speed Ahead toward Decarbonization

Costa Rica is already well-known for its green forests and green electric grid. Now, under the direction of a young new leader—38-year-old President Carlos Alvarado—the country is taking on the challenge of “decarbonizing” its entire economy, primarily the transportation sector but also agriculture, industry, and other areas. Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Costa Rica’s Minister of Environment and Energy, explained that this comprehensive approach will require no less than rethinking the concept of economic development.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Going Green in Dominica—Literally and Figuratively

One year after Hurricane Maria stripped Dominica’s trees of their leaves and turned the lush Caribbean island to brown, Ambassador Vince Henderson reports that nature is rebounding. “The island is looking green again, and I think psychologically that makes a big difference,” he said recently, just days after returning from a visit home. In an interview, the diplomat talked about the resilience of his fellow citizens and some of the steps his country is taking to become more resilient to climate change.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

PCJ Installs 21.8 kW Renewable Energy System at Head Office

Jamaica’s Energy Authority Drives Energy Efficiency Projects in the Public Sector
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Harnessing the Power of Volcanoes

Geothermal development doesn’t always take place around active volcanoes; conversely, not every active volcano is suitable for geothermal development. But what if those two elements do come together and there’s a volcanic eruption? Hawaii is in the process of finding out.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Interest in Geothermal Heating Up

Up and down the Pacific Coast of the Americas and in the Eastern Caribbean—along the region’s volcanic arcs and shifting tectonic plates—geothermal resources hold the potential to provide a steady supply of renewable energy. Mexico and several Central American countries already generate some of their electricity from geothermal power, and last year Chile opened what is still the only geothermal plant in operation in South America. Meanwhile, several other countries from the Andes to the Caribbean are in various stages of exploration or drilling.
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