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The Caribbean Energy Information System (CEIS) distributes the February 2011 issue of CIPORE news.

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What’s on Your Agenda?

London (UK) – Caribbean Energy & Environmental Sector Delegation Visit

February 28- March 2, 2011  Know more

2011 Energy Seminar Series, “Jamaica’s Energy Future”

March 3, 2011, Know more

Low Carbon Communities of the Caribbean Workshop

March 1-2, 2011 Know More

Caribbean Energy, Environment and the Economy 2011

March 17-18, 2011,  Know more

JBDC Solar Drying Workshop

March 29-31, 2011, Know more

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Cuba

April 02, 2011 – April 10, 2011 Know more

Earth Day 2011

April 22, 2011 Know more

Caribbean Renewable Energy Financing Symposium

May 2- 3, 2011, Know More

Workshop on Comparing the Options Available for Future Development of Sustainable Projects in the Caribbean

May 3, 2011,  Know more

Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean 2011 conference

May 4-5, 2011, Know more

Green Expo 2011 (Jamaica)

June 10-12, 2011 Know more

Responding to Climate Change in the Caribbean Conference

June 13-14, 2011,  Know more

2011 CARILEC Engineering Conference

July 25-27, 2011, Know More

CARILEC Renewable Energy Forum

September 20-21, 2011,  Know more



Junior Engineering Technician – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Know more

Request for Expressions of Interest (Consulting Services – Research/Demand Study)- Know more

Household Energy Program Manager- Haiti Know more



Jamaica RE investment opportunities

Geothermal Projects in the Caribbean for Potential Investment

Jampro hunts investors with deep pockets for J$80b hydro power project


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Bahamas Waste Biodiesel Plant Opens Doors

Bahamas Waste Ltd. officially opened its $1,000,000 biodiesel facility, an investment that will allow for the manufacturing of up to one million gallons of waste cooking oil into biodiesel each year.  Waste cooking oil is collected from restaurants in Nassau such as McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, and Wendy’s is processed and converted on site and used to fuel Bahamas Waste trucks and other stationary equipment.  Currently four trucks are using a 50:50 blend of biodiesel to petroleum diesel; the company hopes to eventually run the entire fleet of 50 vehicles off of 100% biodiesel as production increases. Read more

Alternative energy the way to go for Trinidad & Tobago!

Calls for the Government of Trinidad & Tobago to make alternative energy a priority heated up at a public lecture hosted jointly by the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence and the University of the West Indies on Monday night. The lecture entitled—”Renewable energy, achievements and opportunities for the Caribbean”—was part of the ANSA Caribbean Awards/UWI lecture series at the Daaga Auditorium at UWI, St Augustine.

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Geothermal project to move to drilling stage by July, 2011

Government will seek to move to another stage in the implementation of the geothermal project within the next few months. The results of the investigations to date have proven that the quality and quantity of the geothermal resource in the Wotten Waven area are extremely favourable and encouraging for generating electricity in Dominica. Hon. Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, told a delegates conference on Sunday that considerable progress have been made to commence test drilling in the Wotten Waven area by July of this year. Read more

Government and University in Belize co-operate on clean energy project

The Government of Belize through the Ministry of Finance signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a clean solar energy project with the University of Belize at the university’s Central Campus in Belmopan City. Read more

Cuba looks for new places to generate wind energy

Wind prospecting research in the north of the central Cuban province of Ciego de Avila has revealed two areas with conditions suitable for generating electricity from wind energy. A specialist on renewable energy in the province, Adonis Perez Lorenzo, pointed out that the data obtained over two years from 50-meter high anemometric towers showed positive readings in places known as El Cuatro, in Chambas, and Tiriguano, in Moron. Read more

Jamaica looks at Castor Oil as a Biofuel

A $10.3 million research partnership agreement for a small scale biodiesel pilot project, using Jamaican oilseed bearing plants to produce fuel, was signed Friday February 11 between the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy (PCJ’s CERE) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). Read more

Students gain knowledge of wind energy at workshop

The wind energy workshop organized by Wigton Wind Farm Limited, and held on Tuesday February 1 at the company’s training centre, Rose Hill, Manchester, has passed on critical information to the persons who participated in the one day event. Read more

Renewable energy viable for Turks & Caicos Islands

A U.K.-funded energy study scheduled to be released soon says wind and landfill gases can be economically viable sources of renewable energy in the Turks and Caicos Islands, but won’t necessarily reduce electricity costs.

Members of the Providenciales Chamber of Commerce heard that and other tidbits from a draft of the study at a Feb. 7 meeting with four speakers on energy as a factor in sustainable development and its impact on the cost of doing business. Read more

IDB reaffirms partnership with Barbados

During an official visit to Barbados, Inter-American Development Bank President, Luis Alberto Moreno, today signed two loan agreements totalling US$40 million to support initiatives that will bring significant economic benefits to the Caribbean island through sustainable energy and more effective coastal zone management. Read more

Power firm eyeing all renewable energies

Grand Bahama Power Company and its 80.4 per cent majority owner will look at every renewable energy technology for possible inclusion in its future electricity generation, Tribune Business was told yesterday, as it currently explores the economic viability of wind power.

Ray Robinson, Grand Bahama Power’s newly-appointed executive chairman, said that while data collected over a two-year period suggested the island was “not an incredible wind region”, there were signs that it could be economically viable and part of the future energy generation portfolio. Read more

DBJ steps up promotion of SMEs energy loan facility

The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has embarked on a three-pronged initiative to promote its small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) energy loan facility, which is financed by the PetroCaribe Fund.

The initiative, to be undertaken over a 24-month period, will include a market study to determine demand for renewable energy projects; strengthening of the technical expertise to support project development and implementation by targeted sector interests; and a public education campaign, to showcase energy efficient, energy conservation and renewable energy projects already implemented. Read more

St. Lucia Government firmly endorses green environment project

Minister for Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities, Honourable Guy Joseph says government has endorsed efforts to create a “greener” environment through the use of alternative energy. A joint venture by Canadian companies Island Green Energy and Elementa Group proposes to recycle consumer waste by generating electricity from landfill waste products in Saint Lucia. Read more

Progress of the project: Latin America and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Observatory

The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), with the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has undertaken the project know as “Latin America and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Observatory.” The purpose of this project is to promote renewable energy in the following countries in the region: Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, by gathering information on each country’s different energy technologies, the state art of each of them and the different financing mechanisms. The purpose of this project is to develop an information base on renewable energy. Read more

Solar Powered System for Shirley Heights, Antigua & Barbuda

Less than a week after releasing the draft National Energy Policy for stakeholder feedback, the Energy Desk has announced that the US State Department has approved grant funding for the installation of a solar/PV system at Shirley Heights Lookout. The funding will be provided through the Energy Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), which was launched by President Obama during the Summit of the Americas hosted by Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. Read more


Grenada 2011 Budget Statement- (Energy Development Excerpt)

Presented by HON. V. NAZIM BURKE, Minister of Finance, Planning, Economy, Energy and Cooperatives to The House of Representatives on January 14, 2011


“We wish to commend GRENLEC for their assistance in putting together the proposal to the EU and we look forward to the implementation of this  project over the next 15 months. This is a good example of public-private partnership. Government, in association with the Windward Island Research Education Foundation of St. George’s University, as part of a joint-venture entitled the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (REEF) Initiative, is also in the final stages of submitting a proposal to the GEF (under the GEF 4) for US$1.1 million for energy interventions in the building sector….” Read more

St. Kitts & Nevis Cabinet expresses need to re-double RE efforts

With ongoing political unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, the St. Kitts and Nevis Cabinet has expressed the need to redoubling its efforts to bring alternative energy sources on line.

“Cabinet discussed the recent decision to remove the unsustainable subsidies from electricity tariffs in St. Kitts, while bearing in mind the further negative impact that ongoing political unrest in North Africa and the Middle East can have on the price of oil; the local cost of electricity, the cost of doing business and the overall cost of living,” said Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty in the Post Cabinet Briefing. Read more


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Caribbean Renewable Energy Financing Symposium

May 2-3, 2011 :: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Media sponsors of the upcoming Caribbean Renewable Energy Financing Symposium, the Scientific Research Council and the Caribbean Energy Information System would like to invite you to participate in what is sure to be an informational and insightful program and extend a special 10% discount off the registration price.

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This symposium will focus on innovative ways to finance renewable energy projects in the Caribbean. It will evaluate the current state of the region’s renewable energy sector, discuss the essential concepts guiding financing structures for renewable energy projects, and provide a road map for assessing the best deal structures. The program will also provide essential insights into making your project attractive to private equity, venture capital, and multilateral investors. Additionally, it will focus on overcoming key challenges for financing renewable energy projects through major players in the industry and will provide essential solutions to ensure successful and profitable projects.

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Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean Conference

May 3-5, 2011 :: Kingston, Jamaica

In light of the Caribbean’s recent changes in energy policy and new legislation, Caribbean governments are actively taking steps to diversify their energy mix and achieve greater energy security for the future.

At the Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean conference senior managers from the Caribbean energy sector will consider the opportunities that lie in numerous renewable and alternative energy sources and discuss how these projects can be implemented effectively. Designed by the Caribbean community, for the Caribbean community, this event is set to take place on 3-5th May in Kingston, Jamaica and will gather all the key players in the Caribbean energy sector. Take a look at our agenda.

The Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean 2011 Conference is bound to be popular, so register now remembering to quote your VIP code KA0114CEISEM1 for a further 20% discount. Don’t forget to book by February 18th 2011 and save up to £600!

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