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Sustainable Energy & Development News VOL.1 JULY 2013


This publication is prepared by the Caribbean Energy Information System. What’s Happening Now Across The Region...

Biogas Produces Energy and also Prevents Pollution in Eastern Cuba Biogas is an energy option helping the economy and environmental conservation, which should be paid more attention than that provided to it so far, a scientists from this city said today. Read more Recycling Waste Electricity The need for lower electricity bills and a cheaper alternative to solar. Those, primarily, were what led Mark Neita and business partner Dr Matthew Bird to the green box technology and to found Green Box Jamaica. Read more Gov’t and Noranda Collaborate on Biofuel Project The Government is collaborating on a project with Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners, to demonstrate the viability of the biofuels industry, using mined out bauxite lands to grow oil-producing crops. Read more


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Renewable Energy Storage Symposium July 31, 2013 - August 2, 2013 San Diego, California

Metering Latin America 2013 August 27-29, 2013 Transamerica Expo Centre, São Paulo, Brazil

Water Expo September 17 -18, 2013 Miami Beach Convention Center Miami, USA

Caribbean Oil, Gas & Power Conference & Exhibition 2013 September 19 - 20, 2013 Atlantis Hotel, Bahamas

29-7-2013 ||Ramotar urges Unity on Guyana Hydro Project President Donald Ramotar has urged opposition legislators to put aside their differences with the government and allow legislation that would ensure that Guyanese nationals benefit from cheap electricity in the future. Read more 29-7-2013 || No More Delays – Gov’t won’t accept further Hold-Ups in 360MW Project’s Bidding Process Under pressure from several of the country’s powerful private-sector groups, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Phillip Paulwell has hinted that the Government could step in and make a decision should there be another delay in the bidding process for its 360-megawatt (MW) project. Read more 29-7-2013 || Left of centre: Use Green Energy to tackle $400m Strategic investments in the country’s renewable energy sector can immediately assist in Government’s need to urgently cut spending by $400 million. Read more 26-7-2013 || Offer More Incentives for Renewable Energy – CaPRI The regional think tank, Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), is urging Caribbean governments to diversify the incentives being offered in the renewable energy market. Read more 19-7-2013 || Looking to the Sky to Solve the Caribbean’s Energy Woes Every year millions of tourists flock to the Caribbean to enjoy the region’s year round sunshine. Despite being blessed with beautiful weather, the region is only now taking concrete steps to turn the sun into more than just a tourist attraction and make solar power an integral part of their development plans. Read more 19-7-2013 ||Jamaica Leads with Zero-Energy Buildings Buildings which generate as much or more power than they consume. That is the future for Jamaica — one which a collaboration among the University of the West Indies (UWI), The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is seeking to make possible. Read more

Jamaica Alternative Energy Expo September 20 - 21, 2013 Montego Bay Convention Centre, Jamaica Energy Caribbean Conference 2013 October 1-2, 2013 The Hilton Trinidad CREF 2013 October 9 - 11, 2013 The Westin Resort and Casino Aruba Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Summit 2013 October 30 - 31, 2013 Brussels, Belgium Caribbean Tourism: The Energy Forum (CTEF) December 10-11, 2013 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

16-7-2013 ||Energy Minister Urges REP to Introduce Solar Systems The Rural Electrification Programme (REP) has been mandated to work with the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo), in its drive to reduce electricity theft, by introducing solar systems. Read more 16-7-2013 ||Energy: Angola, Cuba to Reinforce Energy Cooperation Energy cooperation Angola, Cuba – The Angolan Energy Secretary of State, Joaquim Ventura, Wednesday began a working visit to Cuba, aimed at reinforcing the cooperation between the two countries in the field of energy, PANA learnt from a communiqué issued Thursday by the Angolan Energy and Water ministry. Read more 16-7-2013 ||CARICOM Stakeholders to Discuss Energy Project in Barbados Caribbean Community (CARICOM) stakeholders in the field of energy, as well as other partners are active in the regional energy sector will meet in Barbados on Thursday to discuss initiatives and activities identified as part of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Phase 1 Study. Read more 15-7-2013 || C-SERMS Policy to Guide Regional Energy Sustainability The path towards renewable energy adoption in the Caribbean has been defined with the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Road Map and Strategy (C-SERMS); and Energy Minister, Senator Darcy Boyce believes that the framework will serve to finally make alternative energy a regional mainstay. Read more 12-7-2013 || Ministry of Science Looks at Renewable Energy With the world’s oil resources depleting day by day, the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology and Public Utilities is preparing for the future and the way forward is renewable energy. Today the Ministry held a final of three forums that were held across the county. The forums involve the private sector and plans pertaining to the development of the renewable energy industry in Belize. Public relations officer for the Ministry Frank Mena told us more. Read more 10-7-2013 || Over a Barrel, Caribbean Seeks Finance for Clean Energy When James Husbands, a 24-year-old Barbadian businessman, began weighing the possibility of manufacturing solar water heaters, there was already a prototype on the island that had been designed and installed by an Anglican priest living there in the early 1970s. A market study on the viability of producing solar water heaters had been done by a local NGO. Read more 10-7-2013 || ATL Auto Showrooms go Solar With an electricity bill of $1.1 million a month for its Audi and Volkswagen showrooms, ATL Automotive has taken steps to not only reduce the figure, but positively impact the environment at the same time. On Monday, deputy chairman and CEO of ATL/Sandals group Adam Stewart inked a $25-million deal with Panasonic Latin America for the latter to convert the Oxford Road location to solar power. Read more 10-7-2013 || Paulwell Urges REP, JPS Collaboration to Increase use of Solar Systems The Rural Electrification Programme (REP) has been mandated to work with the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) to promote the use of solar systems in a bid to reduce electricity theft. Read more

REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS, EXPRESSIONS OF INTERESTS & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES: CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ENERGY SOLUTIONS FOR THE CARIBBEAN - Closes August 15, 2013 The 11th EDF Fixed At 30.5 Billion Euros NDF Energy Efficiency Guarantee Fund and Technical Assistance Fund CIF Calls For Proposals That Involve The Private Sector In REDD+ And Climate Resilience

REPORTS Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Report: Renewable Energy could power all of Latin America and Caribbean An Assessment of the Economic and Social Impacts of Climate Change on the Energy Sector in the Caribbean Consultancy Report: Study on the Identification of Potential Project Portfolios Associated to Programmatic CDM And NAMAs in Jamaica

10-7-2013 || Belize Needs to Catch up Technologically for Cheaper Energy Rates How we consume energy is the focus of a workshop that the Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology is conducting along with support from the Inter-American Development Bank. The IDB is providing technical cooperation to the Belizean government in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy through a consultation process, utilizing Castalia Consultants. Read more 8-7-2013 ||Jamaica, Cuba to Join Forces in Building Cheap Solar Panels Locally Jamaica is to partner with Cuba to manufacture and assemble cost effective solar light panels locally. This partnership forms part of the government’s move towards incorporating renewable alternatives into the local energy mix in order to reduce the country’s huge energy bill. Read more 5-7-2013 || PCJ Invites Bids for Solar Energy Systems for 18 Public Sector Buildings The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is accelerating the pace of its public sector energy efficiency programme with the implementation of 18 new solar projects. Read more 4-7-2013 || Red Light for Solar Power Along Elegant Corridor Despite a major push by the Government to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels to drive energy on the island, the tourism ministry is embarking on a major lighting project which will involve the use of nonrenewable energy. Read more 4-7-2013 || High Hopes for Region’s Renewable Energy Future Theoretically, Latin America and the Caribbean have the capacity to produce a whole lot of energy from renewable sources. How much? The region’s wind and water currents, exposure to the sun, and geothermal resources are sufficient to meet 2050’s projected energy needs more than 22 times over, according to a recent paper ... Read more 4-7-2013 || Cuba to Host International Workshop on Renewable Energy Sources Promoting sustainable energy and socioeconomic development based on renewable energy sources and environmental respect will be the objectives of an International Workshop to be held in Varadero, Cuba, in April, 2014. Read more 3-7-2013 || Dominica to Host Donor Conference to Attract Geothermal Investment Dominica will be hosting a donor conference in September aimed at boosting support for its geothermal energy project. More than $30 million has been spent on the project in the country’s Roseau Valley. Read more 2-7-2013 || Wind Energy Leader Lauds Cuba’s Storm Know-How Two wind parks near Gibara in eastern Holguín province are so well-built they made it through a direct hit by Hurricane Sandy without sustaining damage. Read more 1-7-2013 ||Opening of Solar Panel Factory is Crucial Path Toward a Green Energy Economy The success of the US$1.5 million solar panel manufacturing plant on the C. A. Paul Southwell Industrial Park hinges on the training programme of the workers and the quality of the finished product, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said. Read more

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29-7-2013 ||Jamaica to host regional conference on disaster management Jamaica will host the 8th Annual Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) in December, the executive director of the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, has said. Read more 23-7-2013 ||JMA partners with JPS to tailor energy solutions for the manufacturing sector The Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association has partnered with the Jamaica Public Service Company to develop tailored energy solutions for manufacturers through energy management training, audits and recommended equipment upgrades, which according to JMA Deputy President, Metry Seaga, “will assist in enhancing the competitiveness of the sector and its footprint on the economy.” Read more 22-7-2013 ||About Low-Carbon Development Strategies for the Caribbean Worldwatch’s Sustainable Energy Roadmaps for Small-Island States of the Caribbean aim to develop and communicate low-carbon energy strategies that empower these countries to reduce their consumption of, and dependence on, fossil fuel imports. Read more 17-7-2013 || Head of CARICOM Climate Change Centre defends need for funds The Deputy Director of the Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), Dr Ulric Trotz has defended regional countries from criticisms that they are more interested in seeking financial assistance from the developed world when dealing with the impact of climate change. Read more


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17-7-2013 || E-Waste Systems Launches Caribbean Initiative E-Waste Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: EWSI) (‘EWSI’ or the “Company”), an electronic waste management services, technology and reverse logistics company and the first public pure eWaste company, announced today the launch of its first project for the Caribbean to ensure full recycling and zero landfill of ewaste. Read more 10-7-2013|| Jamaica growing eco-smart Local consumers are becoming increasingly energy conscious and are going after more eco-efficient electronic products. This is according to reports from Appliance Traders Limited (ATL), a leading supplier of residential, commercial, industrial and business equipment which has recently forayed into energy solutions. Read more 8-7-2013 || How to be Energy Efficient Another Government body which is looking to reduce the waste in finances is the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology and Public Utilities.They’re trying to reduce the amount of energy that the country wastes, which directly translates into a reduction of finances which must be diverted to cover the costs. Read more 4-7-2013 ||Green Energy programme to bring B’dos significant benefits Government’s green energy programme is expected to generate jobs, reduce the importation of oil to Barbados, carbon dioxide emissions and reduce the country’s electric bill. Members of the public should expect to be engaged in the coming months as the Ministry of the Environment and Drainage gears up to roll out a major awareness campaign to encourage buy-in for its green energy programme. Read more 3-7-2013||$50 Million Energy Project for Hotel Hotels with up to 200 rooms are set to benefit from a $50 million Small and Medium Hotel Energy Efficiency Programme, to be implemented by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment. The initiative is expected to lower energy cost for these properties, so as to enhance their competitiveness. Read more Content Administrator, CIPORE Caribbean Energy Information System (CEIS), Scientific Research Council (SRC), Hope Gardens, Kingston 6, Jamaica W.I. 876-927-1779(w) | 876-977-1840(f) |

Sustainable Energy & Development News July 2013  


Sustainable Energy & Development News July 2013