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CARICOM Historic Energy Policy Seeks 47% Renewable Electrical Energy

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

Learn more about how we’re working to make the Caribbean more climate resilient by perusing The Implementation Plan for “Delivering transformational change 2011-21″.

COTED Energy Meeting Next Month

The Forty-First Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy will be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from 27 February to 1 March 2013. The Ministerial Session will be held on 1 March following the Preparatory Meeting of Officials on 27 February 2013.

Two key items on the Agenda are the finalization of the Regional Energy Policy and Agreement by Member States on Targets and Strategies for Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy efficiency (EE) under the first phase of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS). Learn more about this and other Energy matters in the Caribbean via CC Energy – Issue 13_Oct – Dec 2012.

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