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Government to hold national consultation on renewable energy

Residents on the island will have an opportunity to share their ideas and vision for the use of renewable energy in Antigua and Barbuda, when the government convenes a National Consultation on Renewable Energy at a consultation on 18 March 2010 at a venue to be announced shortly.

The feedback from the Consultation will feed into a National Sustainable Energy Policy.

This policy is to be drafted by the National Energy Task Force, which was established by Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer.

Chief Implementation Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ambassador Joan Underwood said the government is committed to furthering the use of renewable energy in Antigua and Barbuda and we can generate much of our energy needs by harnessing the power of the sun and the wind.

The government’s efforts to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels has been recognised by several key partners including Caricom and OAS, who have pledged to assist the government in developing and implementing its energy policy.

Last week, a three-member mission from the Caricom Secretariat and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP) visited the island to hold discussions with national stakeholders and to examine the ways in which they could assist Antigua and Barbuda’s quest to tap into renewable energy sources.

Ambassador Underwood noted, “These partners recognise that we are serious about renewable energy and are willing to provide support in several areas including capacity building.

“We are grateful for the assistance that we have been receiving so far and we will continue to seek additional assistance from other regional and international stakeholders.”

The consultation will allow people to help the government in crafting and implementing its renewable energy agenda.


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