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Sustainable Energy & Development News

VOL.1 NOVEMBER 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... Geothermal Energy Plant Planned For Carribbean A geothermal energy plant, developed by Nevis Renewable Energy International (NREI), is being planned for Nevis Island, an island in the Caribbean Sea next to Saint Kitts. Read more Worldwatch Institute Launches Groundbreaking Sustainable Energy Roadmap For Jamaica The Worldwatch Institute today launched its groundbreaking Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Jamaica, a look at the measures that the Jamaican government can take to transition its electricity sector to one that is socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable. The report, Jamaica Sustainable Energy Roadmap: Pathways to an Affordable, Reliable, Low-Emission Electricity System, is the culmination of years of intensive investigation. Read more The ACS Enacts Convention Establishing The Greater Caribbean Region As The First Sustainable Tourism Zone In The World The Convention for the establishment of the Sustainable Tourism Zone of the Greater Caribbean (STZC), an initiative of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), has been ratified, gaining sufficient signatories from the ACS’ Member and Associate Member States to be fully entered into force, effectively establishing the Caribbean Region as the First Sustainable Tourism Zone in the World!. Read more


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Caribbean Tourism: The Energy Forum (CTEF) December 10-11, 2013 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Carbon Dioxide Utilization Congress 2014 February 19 - 20, 2014 San Diego, USA Stanford Geothermal Workshop February 24 - 26, 2014 Stanford University, California USA

29-11-2013 || Nevis Leading in Caribbean’s Geothermal Development Thrust, says Ag. Premier Brantley Nevis is on its way to becoming the greenest place on earth and according to Acting Premier of Nevis Hon. Mark Brantley, the island was leading the charge where renewable energy development was concerned in the Caribbean. Read more 27-11-2013 ||The Caribbean Tourism Energy Forum Presents Green Globe Success Stories Green Globe member, the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, will be hosting the upcoming Caribbean Tourism Energy Forum (CTEF), from December 10 – 11, 2013. Read more 26-11-2013 || Caribbean Export Facilitates Policy Dialogue on Renewable Energy Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in cooperation with the Regional Council of Guadeloupe, the Government of Haiti and the Government of the Dominican Republic organized a meeting of senior officials to discuss a “Policy Dialogue between Haiti, Dominican Republic and the Regional Council of Guadeloupe on the Renewable Energy and Waste Management Sector”, held in Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, from November 5-6, 2013. Read more 25-11-2013 ||Provider Offers $500-$600m Waste To Energy Plant A Bahamas-based renewable provider is offering to build and operate an estimated $500-$600 million plasma waste-to-energy plant at the New Providence landfill, creating 400-500 full-time jobs, in the process. Read more 25-11-2013 || Renewable Energy Can Aid In Reducing Massive Import Bill Great focus is being placed on the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry in Barbados, to assist Barbados in reducing its high import bill. Read more 21-11-2013 || Bahamas Trails Caribbean In Renewable Energy Index Head of The Bahamas Renewable Energy Association has called on the government to “stop delaying” advances in renewable energy generation in this nation, in response to a new report indicating that The Bahamas ranks 26th out of 27 countries in the region for its “progress and prospects” in relation to renewable energy investment. Read more


REPORTS Jamaica Sustainable Energy Roadmap: Pathways To An Affordable, Reliable, Low-Emission Electricity System Climatescope 2013 : New Frontiers for Low-Carbon Energy Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean 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

DOCUMENTS Status of Net Billing offered in Jamaica (Version 1) Proposed Incentives for the Energy Sector - JAMAICA JAMAICA - Energy Efficient Items Exempted from GCT & Customs Duty

21-11-2013 ||New Solar Park Project in Cuba A solar park, the first in this Cuban western province, will be gradually integrated into the national energy system starting in 2014, experts said Wednesday. Read more 20-10-2013 ||BpTT: No ‘Bombs’ for Seismic Tests Energy giant bpTT [British Petroleum Trinidad & Tobago] says its does not use explosives or “bombs” to conduct seismic tests in search of offshore oil and gas. The company responded yesterday to [Trinidad] Express enquiries following a protest at the Port of Spain waterfront on Tuesday by fishermen and their supporters, who claimed energy companies are using dynamite and air guns to conduct seismic surveys in local waters. Read more 19-11-2013 || St. Vincent’s Volcano Holds More Promise Than Peril Weary of sky-high electricity prices, St. Vincent is following in the footsteps of another, decidedly un-tropical island nearly 4,000 miles away in its quest to harness clean geothermal power. Read more 19-11 -2013 ||Barbados: Public Sector Smart Energy Programme Agreements Signed Government’s efforts to develop a comprehensive alternative energy programme for Barbados got a jumpstart today thanks to a BDS$50 million injection. Read more 18-11-2013 || IDB: Time To Transform Caribbean Energy Market The high and volatile price of electricity is the most important issue in the energy sector. Electricity prices in the Caribbean are among the highest in the world, and they fluctuate greatly with the global price of oil. Read more 18-11-2013 ||Sancti Spiritus Fosters Use of Renewable Energy Sources Diminishing dependency on fossil fuels, and taking advantage of alternative sources of energy are top priority issues in Sancti Spiritus. This central Cuban province is trying to work out a strategy in this respect, thus the construction of two photovoltaic farms has been agreed for 2014. Read more 15-11-2013 || ‘CARICOM Needs Cheaper, Greener Energy’ More efficient energy policies, including the development of renewable energy sources that can reduce the high cost of importing and generating power, will have a positive impact for the economic growth throughout the CARICOm region, programme manager for energy at CARICOM, Joseph Williams, said yesterday. Read more 15-11-2013 || Report: Hydroelectric Dam Would Wipe Out Indigenous Tribes in Guyana Plans to build a massive hydro-electric dam on the land of two unique tribes in Guyana would lead to the destruction of a unique people and vast tracts of rainforest, a new report has revealed today. Read more 15-11-2013 || Electric Fencing For Cattle-Ranching Business Continues in Camagüey Nearly 800 electric fence systems should be installed before the year’s end in Camagüey province as part of the livestock sector recovery program and the effective use of renewable energy sources. Read more 14-11-2013 || Geothermal Project Moves To Next Level Dominica’s drive to become the first carbon negative economy in the hemisphere by developing geothermal energy, has moved to another level. Commencement of the drilling of the first production and reinjection well in the Roseau Valley has begun. Read more


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12-11-2013 || The Gaia Riverlodge in Belize is now Run Entirely on Hydropower GAÏA Riverlodge, located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve of Belize, has long been a top eco-conscious resort (it was formerly the Five Sisters Lodge) but thanks to a new hydropower energy system and a few other environmentally-friendly upgrades, the resort and its jungle cabanas have pretty much topped all other green resorts out there. Read more 12-11-2013 || Jamaica and Japan Sign Agreement on Energy, Mining Cooperation Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s official visit to Japan last week yielded a cooperation agreement between the two countries on areas including energy and mineral resources development. Read more 8-11-2013 ||Report: Money Available For Renewable Energy, But Gov’t Policy Lacking The Worldwatch Institute on Wednesday launched its groundbreaking Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Jamaica, a look at the measures that the Jamaican Government can take to transition its electricity sector to one that is socially, environmentally and financially sustainable. Read more 8-11-2013 || Cuba To Expand Use Of Renewable Energy Sources Over fifty percent of Cuba’s energy bill goes to pay for water supply and this fact calls for a greater application of renewable energy sources, said the Chairman of the Cuban non-governmental Institution Cubasolar, Mr. Luis Bérriz. Read more 7-11-2013 || How Aruba Plans to be Energy Independent by 2020 ... Aruba, is actually making good on its goal of energy independence. The tiny Caribbean country is not only addressing its energy concerns but is actually on track to become fully energy independent by 2020, thanks to a number of clean-energy investments and initiatives. Read more 5-11-2013 || JPS Upbeat About Customer Acceptance of SolarMill The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is upbeat about the prospects of its recently launched SolarMill renewable energy power generating system. According to the light and power distributor, days after the launch of the SolarMill on Tuesday, approximately 500 people have expressed interest in the hybrid power generator during a sales event at the JPS Ruthven Road Sports Club in Kingston with several deposits already placed. Read more 5-11-2013 || St Vincent Launches Geothermal Energy Project St Vincent and the Grenadines has launched its geothermal energy initiative that Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves believes will be a “potentially game changing initiative”. Read more 4-11-2013 || Grenada and St Lucia Collaborate on Eastern Caribbean Energy Project The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in collaboration with the Governments of Grenada and St Lucia and the World Bank will host the official launch of the Eastern Caribbean Energy Regulatory Authority (ECERA) Project in early November. Read more 1-11-2013 || Caribbean Energy Transition in the Spotlight in Martinique The first Caribbean conference on energy transition (CTEC 2013) held last week in Martinique (October 22 and 23) has been hailed a success. The two-day conference, at Palais des Congrès de Madiana, focused on establishing regional collaboration through the exchange of experience, policies for the development of renewable energies, the use of public financing (in particular instruments from the European Union), and governance tools. Read more


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29-11-2013 || Green-Friendly Enterprise Helps Save Biggest Caribbean Wetlands The 18 communities in Cuba’s Ciénaga de Zapata, the largest wetlands in the Caribbean, have long survived on the abundant local hunting and fishing and by producing charcoal. But that is no longer possible, due to climate change. Read more 29-11-2013 || Caribbean Looks to the Sky for Water Security With no wastewater treatment plant, raw effluent is an ever-present hazard... Read more 29-11-2013 ||Government Takes Measures to Control Growth of Rodent Population T he Department of Waste Management in collaboration with the Environmental Health Division has taken a unified approach to control the growth of the rodent population on Tortola. Read more 27-11-2013 || Concerns Raised over Sewage Flow in Caribbean Sea As much as 90 per cent of the sewage discharged into the Caribbean Sea is either untreated or partially treated, a situation which the United Nations says is a major threat to the region’s bread and butter — tourism. Read more 23-11-2013 ||Pig Farms Take Measures to Protect the Environment The Empresa Porcina Camagüey – a company for the development of pig farming in Camagüey province- together with the provincial offices of the National Institute of Water Resources (INRH) and of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) has been installing anaerobic digesters in its farms, as it already did at Las Clavellinas piggery, located in the municipality of Minas. Read more


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22-11-2013 || Four Government Buildings to Get Energy Efficient Air Conditioning Systems Cabinet has approved a contract for air conditioning systems for four Government buildings, as the administration intensifies measures to improve energy efficiency in the public sector. Read more 19-11-2013 ||Old X-ray Equipment Donated to a Wildlife Clinic in Belize The Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic was until recently in desperate need of an X-ray machine. Read more 15-11-2013|| 3,000 Residents to Benefit From Improved Access to Potable Water Approximately 3,000 residents of communities in North Eastern and South Western St. Elizabeth are to benefit from improved access to potable water, under the Burnt Savannah/Knoxwood Water Supply Mains Replacement and Upgrading Project. Read more 14-11-2013 || US Coral Task Force Gathers in Virgin Islands Scientists and government officials began a two-day meeting in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Thursday to discuss ways of protecting and, hopefully, restoring severely degraded coral reefs in U.S. waters in the Caribbean and Pacific. Read more 8-11-2013|| Eastern Caribbean Countries to Enhance Regional Energy Collaboration The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) on Thursday set up a special institution in Grenada to enhance regional collaboration to combat increasing energy challenges, said reports from Grenada. Read more 6-11-2013 || Reducing Your Carbon Footprint In the weeks leading up to the September release of the long anticipated 36-page document on climate change authored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), expectations were that it would improve our understanding of climate change and its effects. Read more 6-11-2013|| IPCC: Climate Change Poses Threat to Global Food Supplies A leaked draft of an IPCC report due in 2014 shows how climate change is already affecting food security around the world. Read more 6-11-2013 ||Bahamian Outrage on Landfill ‘Deal’ THE head of a Bahamian waste disposal company yesterday said it was “regrettable” that the Government had decided to award a recycling/ remediation contract for the New Providence landfill to a foreign company, noting that a local consortium had offered a package involving an initial public offering (IPO) and creation of 60-100 jobs at full roll-out. Read more 5-11-2013|| Private Sector Key to Fighting Climate Change, Richard Branson Says British magnate Sir Richard Branson is a strong advocate of business solutions to tackle climate change. He told us about island economies offering a great chance for transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables. Read more 4-11-2013 ||Consequences of Climate Change for the Caribbean Famous for their beaches, their pleasant climate and a unique cultural heritage, the Caribbean islands are in danger of disappearing due to climate change and the consequent rise in sea level. Read more 1-11-2013 ||Maya Land Rights will be a First for CCJ The case of Maya Customary Land Right is making its way to the Caribbean Court of Justice, that’s what the Court of Appeal announced today at its final sitting for this October session. Read more


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