Grenada PM presents vision for Small States Forum

Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell
Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell

 The new chairman of the World Bank’s Small States Forum, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, presented his vision for the Forum’s future at the ‘Small States Engagement Update 2017′ held on April 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Prime Minister Mitchell outlined the agility of Small States and the need for a change in narrative where small size is not seen as a disadvantage but as a distinct advantage.

The 2015 Paris Agreement (COP21) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have shifted the World’s trajectory as it relates to the importance of the role that Small States occupy. Dr. Mitchell noted that some islands have up to 1,000 times more space at sea than they do on land and, as a result, have been at the forefront of the SDG 14 on oceans.

The Grenadian Prime Minister also remarked on the potential for Small States in areas such as the Blue Economy, renewable energy and technology.

“In the Pacific they have created ‘the OPEC of Tuna Fisheries,’ and the ‘Pacific Possible’ initiative seeks new opportunities beyond fisheries.”


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Regional energy partners focus on charting way forward

Regional energy partners take time out for a photograph
Regional energy partners take time out for a photograph

Energy partners in the Region met in Georgetown, Guyana, last month to assess progress and to agree on the way forward for the sector.

The partners gathered for the Mid-Term Planning Meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Programme (REETA) held 9-10 March. REETA is the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) project that is being implemented in CARICOM Member States and the Dominican Republic.

About 30 partners attended the meeting including Caribbean Regional Organisations, Universities, and International Development Partners such as the European Union (EU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany’s National Metrology Institute. (more…)

More than 50% of electricity demand to be supplied by renewables – Jamaica

Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw (left), greets Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Ambassador Masanori Nakano, during Wednesday’s (April 12), signing ceremony for the implementation of a $348.9 million (¥300 million/US$2.7 million) grant-funded three-year ‘Project to Promote Energy Efficiency in Caribbean Countries’ at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston. (Photo via Jamaica Information Service)
Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw (left), greets Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Ambassador Masanori Nakano, during Wednesday’s (April 12), signing ceremony for the implementation of a $348.9 million (¥300 million/US$2.7 million) grant-funded three-year ‘Project to Promote Energy Efficiency in Caribbean Countries’ at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston. (Photo via Jamaica Information Service)

The Government is projecting that within two years, more than half of Jamaica’s electricity demand, totalling nearly 700 megawatts will be generated from renewable  sources.

According to Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, this is based on the Government’s “aggressive” approach to fuel diversification resulting in over 200 megawatts  of renewable energy already being supplied to the national power grid.

He was speaking at a signing ceremony at the Ministry on April 12, for the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) implementation of a three-year J$348.9 million (¥300 million/US$2.7 million) grant-funded technical cooperation energy efficiency project that will benefit Jamaica and three other Caribbean countries.

Mr. Shaw said approximately 120 megawatts  of the 200 megawatts  are being generated by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) power plant in Montego Bay utilizing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), following its recent upgrade at a cost of over $2 billion.

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Small Plant, Big Impact: Powering Anguilla with the sun


Each day as the sun bathes the 35.14 square miles of Anguilla, there is one spot where perhaps its rays are appreciated as more than just the signal of another beautiful day in paradise. The four-acre spot stands out from the surrounding topography. The green scrub has been removed and replaced with blue and silver solar panels. This is the location where the Anguilla Electricity Company Ltd (ANGLEC) took its first step into the arena of renewable energy by constructing a one megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) plant.

There is strong renewable energy potential on the island, mainly from resources like solar and wind. ANGLEC CEO, David Gumbs, says the path towards incorporating renewable energy into the electricity generation process, and identifying the right energy source, was a long one.

“It is something that took a lot of learning and researching of the various technologies, particularly here at ANGLEC,” he said.

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Feasibility study proves geothermal potential of St. Kitts and Nevis

At the meeting, from left Mr. Joseph Williams; Dr. Devon Gardner; Dr. Vince Henderson; Hon. Ian Patches Liburd; Mr. Jacques Chouraki
At the meeting, from left Mr. Joseph Williams; Dr. Devon Gardner; Dr. Vince Henderson; Hon. Ian Patches Liburd; Mr. Jacques Chouraki (Photo via SKNIS)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 24, 2017 (SKNIS): A feasibility study done by Teranov, a French engineering and services company for new and renewable energy based in Guadeloupe, has proven that there is potential in St. Kitts to develop at least 18 to 36 megawatts of geothermal power.

Speaking at the conclusion of a two day meeting of geothermal stakeholders, which was held at the Ministry of Finance Conference Room in St. Kitts from March 21- 22, Minister of Public Infrastructure, Honourable Ian Patches Liburd, hailed the findings as “heartening” but that the government is to consider the way forward.

Minister Liburd said that the meeting was convened with other stakeholder representatives including His Excellency Dr. Vince Henderson, Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United States; Jacques Chouraki, President of Teranov; Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager for Energy at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat; Joseph Williams, Sustainable Energy Advisor at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB); representatives from the St. Kitts Electricity Company Ltd (SKELEC), Ministry of Finance, Office of the Attorney General, and private sector “as it relates to solidifying our roadmap in respect of our geothermal development here on St. Kitts and in Nevis with particular focus on the development on St. Kitts.”

“We have so far done the 3G studies—the geological, geophysical and geochemical studies or the surface studies…there is potential on St. Kitts to develop at least 18 to 36 megawatts of geothermal power and that’s heartening for us here in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Minister Liburd, while indicating that the next step is to consider the way forward for slim-hole and exploration drilling.

Geothermal Stakeholders Meeting  in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)
Geothermal Stakeholders Meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)

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