Sustainable Energy & Development News
VOL.2 MARCH 2013
THE MONTHLY REVIEW OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY & DEVELOPMENT NEWS IN THE CARIBBEAN FROM THE REGION”S LEADING INFORMATION PLATFORMS.
This publication is prepared by the Caribbean Energy Information System. What’s Happening Now Across The Region... First Solar Panel to be Mounted to Mark Construction of Solar Farm Mounting of the first solar panel onto the cast frame will mark the ground breaking ceremony for St. Kitts’ one megawatt solar farm at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport on Wednesday 27th March. Read more
Trinidad & Tobago Installs Solar Lighting at Community Centres The inaugural installation of Solar Lighting at Community Centres will take place at the Malabar Phase IV Community Centre, Holly Betaudier Drive, Malabar, Arima, on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 5 pm, a release from Trinidad and Tobago’s energy ministry said today. Read more
Montserrat Begins Geothermal Drilling Montserrat officially begun drilling for geothermal energy on Sunday, the government announced. After resolving “a couple of last minute mechanical issues,” the drilling began in Cork Hill on the first of two production wells in Montserrat. Read more
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Jamaica Alternative Energy Expo 2013 April 15- 16, 2013 The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica Clean Energy Financing Forum for Central America and the Caribbean Climate Technology Initiative (CTI), April 26, 2013 Renewable Energy Finance Forum â€“ Latin America and Caribbean (REFF-LAC) 2013 April 30, 2013- May 1, 2013 Four Seasons Hotel, Miami USA
UNESCO Environmental Policy Formulation and Planning Conference May 15 - 16, 2013 St Kitts and Nevis
28-3-2013 || Eco-Tourism and Renewable Energy Help Caribbean Island Stand Out from the Crowd A stereotypical Caribbean vacation destination is characterized by sandy beaches and large, blockish resort hotels. For many travelers, escaping the winter weather of northern latitudes is reason enough to visit these warm-weather isles. Read more 28-3-2013 ||Linden, Region 10 (Guyana) to be Placed On The National Grid In 2017 Linden and the rest of Region 10 will be placed on the national electricity grid in 2017, according to the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated Chairman Winston Brassington. Speaking at a recent media event, Brassington said the completion of the Amaila Falls Hydro-electric Project will pave the way for this crucial development. Read more 25-3-2013 || JPS Net Billing Programme Growing JPS is reporting that its net billing programme is gaining momentum as the Company has connected its second net billing customer, while 99 other applications are at various stages of being processed. Read more 22-3-2013 ||Cuba and Italy Sign Accord in Renewable Energy Sector Italy and Cuba have signed a joint working agreement to develop technical cooperation projects in the renewable energy sector. Read more 22-3-2013 ||Unlocking Renewable Potential in the Caribbean Caribbean nations face an uncertain energy future. With an energy infrastructure designed in the era of low-priced and abundant oil, many of these nations depend almost entirely on petroleum to supply their electricity demands. With oil prices hovering between $90 and $110 a barrel and projected to rise, island nations reliant on heavy fuel oil for their electrical generation are being hard hit. Read more
12th World Wind Energy Conference & Renewable Energy Exhibition WWEC2013 “Opening Doors to Caribbean Winds” Havana, Cuba, 3-5 June 2013 2nd Annual Caribbean Gas Trading and Supply Conference 2013 June 25 - 26, 2013 The Hilton Trinidad, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Metering Latin America 2013 August 27-29, 2013 Transamerica Expo Centre, São Paulo, Brazil
20-3-2013 ||Government Not Moving Quickly on Renewable Energy A group of local business people is moving to increase the use of renewable energy in Barbados, but it laments government is not moving speedily enough on the issue. Read more 20-3-2013 ||New Solar PV Test Instrumentation Helps Caribbean Installer to Verify System Performance Comet Solar is a solar PV installation company based in the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla which has been particularly successful in encouraging local hotels, resorts, property owners and businesses to invest in solar as a means of helping to offset the effects of the economic downturn arising from decreased tourism and rising energy costs. Read more 18-3-2013 || Solamon to Team with Conergy in Jamaica; Additional Projects Prioritized With an eye to helping the country reach its renewable energy mandate, Solamon Energy is pleased to announce that a formal agreement has now been reached with Conergy, a global leader in solar energy system manufacturing, project development and PV plant operation, to effectively and efficiently develop a 20 MW utility-scale solar array on the island’s North Coast. Read more 15-3-2013 || Lights On – Controversial Cuban Bulb Programme Coming Back Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell has declared that the Government will reintroduce the controversial Cuba-Jamaica Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) project, better known as the Cuban light-bulb project, as part of a national sensitisation programme on energy conservation. Read more 14-3-2013 || Trinidad and Tobago’s Energy Ad Campaign Wins Gold Award The Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs (MEEA) communication campaign, Where Does My Energy Come From? and its related interactive Web site, www.myenergytt.com, produced by advertising agency Rostant DDB, won silver and gold awards respectively at the recent Addy Awards. Read more 13-3-2013 ||SKELEC’s Fuel Bill Tops EC$10 Million Monthly, Dr. Martin Outlines Steps to Reduce Costs to Consumers The fuel bill of the St. Kitts Electricity Corporation (SKELEC) is EC$10 million monthly, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin has disclosed. Read more 12-3-2013 ||Renewable Energy Projects For Tobago The Inter-American Bank (IDB) has allocated US$100,000 to fund a renewable energy programme for Tobago, Natasha Marzolf who heads the bank’s team on renewable energy has disclosed. Read more 12-3-2013 ||PCJ to Upgrade Lighting Facilities to Save Energy The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) says it will be spending $5.6 million to upgrade the lighting facilities in three public-sector entities as part of efforts to drastically reduce their energy bills. Read more
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12-3-2013 ||Renewables to Account for up to Half of CARICOM Energy Mix by 2027 The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) set regional targets for the contribution of renewable energy to the power matrix during the special meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED). Read more
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11-3-2013 ||Caribbean Targets 47% Renewables by 2027: Jamaica Expected to Hit 12.5% with 115 MW Project CARIBBEAN Community (CARICOM) energy ministers have approved an initial target of 47 per cent renewable energy contribution to total electricity generation in the region by 2027. Read more
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7-3-2013 Industry & Commerce Ministry to Welcome Solamon In Jamaica; Minister Hylton to Confirm Solar Mandate President Jay Yeo is proud to announce that he on behalf of Solamon Energy Corp, its partners and many stakeholders, will be officially welcomed to the island of Jamaica at 10:30am on Wednesday March 6 at the offices of the Honourable G. Anthony Hylton, who is currently serving the government as Minister of Industry, Investment & Commerce. Read More 7-3-2013 || CARICOM Looking at Renewable CARICOM energy ministers meeting last Friday in Port-of-Spain, under the aegis of Caricom’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) agreed upon a draft regional energy policy which will be referred to Caricom Heads of Government who will meet in summit in Port-of-Spain from July 4 to 6, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Read More 6-3-2013 ||CARICOM Official Calls for Unity on Energy The following are the remarks by Desiree Field-Ridley, Officer-in-Charge, Trade and Economic Integration, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat on the occasion of the Opening Ceremony of the Forty-First Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on March 1, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Read more 6-3-2013 ||Organization Of American States Hosts Regional Workshop On Energy Efficiency In Saint Lucia The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) and the Energy Efficiency Working Group of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), is hosting two-day workshop on energy efficiency designs for office and public buildings in tropical climates. Read more 6-3-2013 ||T&T, Guyana Sign Energy MOU Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine and his Guyanese counterpart Robert Persaud yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote greater cooperation in energy and energy related matters. The signing took place following the official opening ceremony for the Ministerial Session of the CARICOM’s 41st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy, which has been taking place this week at the Hyatt Regency. Read more
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MARCH 2013 IN REVIEW
BE IN THE KNOW ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY, ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE 22-3-2013 || Phase One Of Parking Lot Project Completed; Led Lights Installed The new parking lot adjacent to Peebles Hospital in Road Town is now outfitted with low hanging LED lights.The use of LED lights is in keeping with Government’s strategic plans to reduce electricity consumption and to have all street poles outfitted with these energy saving lights. tree stumps. Read more
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21-3-2013 ||Caribbean Countries Conduct Test of Tsunami Warning System A total of 32 countries in the wider Caribbean basin and beyond conducted a full-scale joint tsunami alert exercise Wednesday. According to the exercise, an 8.5-magnitude earthquake struck 90 kilometres off the coast of Aruba, generating a Tsunami. Development Fund (UNDP). Read more 20-3-2013 ||Manufacturers Demand Clear Policy On Energy Local manufacturers (in Jamaica) are once again demanding that the Government address increasing energy costs and implement a suitable energy policy. Read more
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18-3-2013 ||PCJ Energy Conservation Incentive Programme For the Science Competition of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ’s) Schools’ Energy Programme, students were required to construct a model residential home utilising energy efficient and renewable energy features for the interior and exterior design. Read more
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11-3-2013 ||How to choose an LED light bulb There are now many general-purpose consumer LED bulbs that give off good light. With so many, how can you tell the difference? After years of work, LED lighting company have finally achieved their goal of producing a good replacement for the common 60-watt incandescent bulb. Read more 7-3-2013|| ‘PROFIT FROM PIG WASTE’ Pig farmers are being encouraged to engage in the sustainable management of waste from their farms as a means of reducing their production costs and improving their profit margins. Read more 5-3-2013 ||Small Hoteliers Welcome Caribbean Energy Efficiency Project With the high cost of energy affecting their bottom line, small hoteliers across the region are welcoming the introduction of a project that is aimed at fostering energy efficiency in the industry. Read more 3-3-2013 ||UWI Leads Rare Earth Research EXTENSIVE RESEARCH IN rare earth chemistry is currently under way at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, building on work started decades ago by Dr Willard Pinnock, retired senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry. Rare earth elements, a group of 17 metals found in geological deposits in various parts of the world, are in great demand internationally for the development of household and scientific devices, as well as for future technologies. These metals exist in economic quantities in red mud lakes at our local bauxite mining companies. Read more 1-3-2013 || Police to Benefit from Energy Efficiency Project The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is set to benefit from the implementation of an energy efficiency project, aimed at cutting energy costs in the public sector. The pilot project, which forms part of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining’s (MSTEM) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, will see conservation strategies being carried out at selected police stations and departments across the island. 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) | firstname.lastname@example.org www.ceis-caribenergy.org www.src-jamaica.org
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