CCREEE Works Toward a Resilient Caribbean Through Integrated Resource and Resilience Plans
(Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency) The Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) has partnered with the Governments of Belize, the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to undertake the development of Integrated Resource and Resilience Plans (IRRPs).
IRRPs are plans for how countries can supply their need for electricity, in the future. The plans will ensure reliable sources of power, minimise negative impacts on the environment and enhance the resilience of power systems to hazards and risks, while minimising costs to consumers. Building resilience in this way guarantees energy security, as the Caribbean seeks to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Representing one of the beneficiary countries, Ms. Anita Hankey, Acting Head of the Renewable Energy Division in the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries – Trinidad and Tobago noted that, “the IRRP will assist in meeting growing demands in the energy sector, while increasing the amount of renewable electricity available to consumers.” She further indicated that the establishment and eventual implementation of an IRRP means that that the country is efficient and resilient to shocks such as climate disasters and demand shocks due to pandemics. It also means, she said, “a cleaner and greener Trinidad and Tobago.”