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EDIN Announces New Project in Dominica

The International Partnership for Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN) today announced three new pilot projects. The U.S. pilot project participant will be the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI); Iceland’s pilot project will be working with Dominica; and New Zealand will work to assess geothermal potential for numerous Pacific Island Nations.

Launched in August 2008, EDIN is an international partnership between Iceland, New Zealand and the United States to further the use of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies in island nations and territories. The pilot announcements were made on the final day of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Conference on Business Opportunities in the Islands.

“Islands nations and territories are especially vulnerable to energy price volatility and dependence on foreign oil,” said EDIN Secretariat, Mary Werner, executive manager of integrated deployment for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  “Islands often have abundant renewable resources, including solar, geothermal, wind and ocean energy.  Through this collaboration, our countries can help their island economies across the globe to develop clean energy while increasing their energy security and addressing the climate crisis.”

Iceland and Dominica Collaboration

The Icelandic authorities introduce the Commonwealth of Dominica as Iceland’s Pilot Project Participant for the EDIN Partnership.  Dominica has significant geothermal resources and Iceland has longstanding expertise in using this sustainable energy source for economic, social and environmental benefits. When the oil crisis struck Iceland in 1973 and 1979, Iceland changed its energy policy, deemphasized oil, and turned to domestic energy resources using hydropower and geothermal. As a result, Iceland is a world leader in the use of renewable energy —  81% of the nation’s primary energy consumption and 99.9% of electricity generation is now from renewables. The partnership with Dominica will build on Iceland’s proven model of transition from a fossil fuel dependent economy to a clean energy economy.

As stated in a Memorandum of Understanding signed April 6th, 2009, an important aspect of the initiative is capacity-building within relevant Dominican governmental institutions.  With this purpose in mind, the United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) in Iceland and short courses held on various continents in geothermal training are open for qualified candidates from energy institutions in Dominica.

Iceland’s Island Growth Initiative (IGI), introduced in 2007, initiated Icelandic-Caribbean cooperation and was the cornerstone to collaboration between the two countries in the field of energy.

For more information on EDIN, please visit http://www.edinenergy.org/



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