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Ministers of Energy of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) approved a historic Regional Energy Policy at the Forty-first Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy held at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, Trinidad on March 1. The Regional Energy Policy seeks to guide the Community in its pursuit of energy efficiency and renewable energy with an initial target of 47 per cent renewable energy contribution to total electricity generation in the region by 2027.
For more than a decade, the policy, which was mandated by the CARICOM Heads of Government, was under formulation and review. The goal of the policy is the fundamental transformation of the energy sector of CARICOM through the provision of secure and sustainable supplies of energy in a manner which minimizes energy waste in all sectors. Targets towards such efficiency have been set in the policy. The document will now be presented to the Heads of Government of CARICOM for endorsement.
Chair of the Meeting, the Hon Rayburn Blackmoore, Minister of Public Works, Energy and Ports of Dominica, encouraged his colleagues at the Opening Ceremony to “walk the talk!” Read more…
**Sources: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and Jamaican Observer
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