Financing energy in focus at workshop in Jamaica

Representatives of various institutions in Jamaica are currently participating in a workshop that aims to improve their financial literacy in complex Energy Service Company (ESCo) projects.

Public, financial and private institutions are represented at the three-day workshop which began on Monday morning at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

The workshop is being convened by the CARICOM Secretariat with the joint support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) through Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) Programme (GIZ-REETA); USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Programme (CARCEP); United Nations Environmental Programme – Global Environment Facility (UNEP GEF); and Build Better Jamaica and National Housing Trust.

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Work advances to make CCREEE fully operational by June

The just-concluded Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy has made progress on the full operationalisation of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) by the middle of this year.

This was one of the key outcomes of the meeting which was held on 19 April, 2018, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, according to Chairman of the Meeting, Senator the Hon. Darcy Boyce, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister of Barbados.

He told the Communications Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat that the meeting made “good progress” on labelling of energy efficient equipment which would serve as a guide to the populace to buy more efficient  appliances and equipment.

Resilience in electricity grids was discussed substantially, particularly in the context of the natural disasters that have been occurring in the Region, Minister Boyce said.

Listen as the Minister speaks (above) about the outcomes of the Meeting.

UPDATE: Ensure average person benefits from progress in energy – COTED Chair

Regional Ministers of Energy on Thursday met at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and were charged to ensure that the progress that the sector is registering is felt by the average Caribbean person.

Barbados Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Darcy Boyce chaired the one-day 73rd Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy, and expressed satisfaction with the progress the Region was making on the energy front.

However, he cautioned that the benefits of those efforts that are being taken filter to the average Caribbean person.

“We also have to make ensure that the benefits of the work that we are doing in energy efficiency and renewable energy redound to the benefit of the average consumer, in the homes, in the businesses of our countries”, he said.

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Energy stakeholders to begin drafting TAPSEC operational plan

Work on drafting an operational plan for the Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC) gets underway later this month.

National governments, key regional institutions and development agencies will meet for the first planning workshop of the TAPSEC from 24-26 April, in the Dominican Republic. The workshop will be hosted by the Ministry of Energy and Mines of the Dominican Republic.

The aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for strategic and implementing partners to discuss and reach consensus on drafting the operational plan to guide the TAPSEC programme. The draft operational plan will be used as a basis for discussion to set goals and planning activities for the first 20 months of the programme implementation by December 2019. (more…)

CCREEE, regional energy security among matters before Ministers at Special COTED

Montserrat deposited its instruments of ratification of the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), on Tuesday. The CARICOM Member State became the fifth Member States to do so, effectively paving the way for the establishment of the Centre’s legal identity by mid next month.

The Hon. Paul Lewis, Montserrat Minister of Communication, Works and Labour, handed over the document to Mr. Joseph Cox, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, during a Special Meeting of Officials of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy.

Energy officials and partners began gathering at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, in preparation for the Special COTED Ministerial Meeting on Thursday, also at the Secretariat.

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