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Antigua and Barbuda’s energy policy includes renewable energy plans

The government of Antigua and Barbuda is planning a shift towards renewable energy:

Currently the country lacks regulations to foster development of renewable energy technologies, improve the efficiency of non-renewables and take advantage of emerging technologies, officials say.

The government hopes to fix that with its National Energy Policy, a first draft of which was released in January, and a parallel Sustainable Energy Action Plan that will bring the government into an arena until now largely occupied by NGOs.

“Antigua and Barbuda is endowed with some renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, waste to energy and marine energy,” Ambassador Joan Underwood said. “These resources may have the potential to provide Antigua and Barbuda with an alternative and more sustainable energy supply and reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels.”

Another legislative initiative, the National Energy Education Act, aims to retool local and regional academic institutions as centres for research, education and workforce training in energy-related fields. A pair of engineers for the Antigua Public Utilities Authority have already received training in the use of solar power in buildings and desalination technology, officials said.

The utility also has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Gansu Natural Energy Research Institute of China, which has promised technical assistance.



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