Clean Energy Solutions Center in Action: Partnering with ECPA in Belize

Monday, November 07, 2016

Through its partnership with ECPA, the Clean Energy Solutions Center has supported Belize with the implementation of its Sustainable Energy Strategy and utility business model transformation.

The Sustainable Energy Strategy and Action Plan is part of Belize’s Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement. The Plan calls for “85% renewable energy by 2030 by implementing hydropower, solar, wind and biomass, and reduction of transmission and distribution losses.” To help Belize meet its goal, the Solutions Center and the Sustainable Energy Capacity Building Initiative are assisting with implementing an innovative approach to redefine the role of energy utilities by facilitating transformation of traditional utility business models focused on provision of reliable electricity and to also consider quality of life for customers. The approach integrates local capacity building for new small clean energy businesses to support both economic development and reduced fossil fuel dependence. By leveraging experiences around the world and technology advancement, Belize is enabling development of a modern utility business model to support clean energy deployment and high quality 21st century electricity service.

Belize is also launching an energy efficiency standard and labeling program for at least four products in partnership with the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP). The program will support consumers in making informed purchase decisions related to energy use to reduce energy consumption and lessen peak demand. Belize intends to align with current standards adopted by countries in the region and support development of common standards at the regional level to reduce trade barriers and accelerate program implementation.

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