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BIG PLANS: Energy minister Conrad Enill fields questions during Thursday's post-Cabinet media conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's

BIG PLANS: Energy minister Conrad Enill fields questions during Thursday's post-Cabinet media conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's

A DOCUMENT which proposes to utilise renewable wind, solar and other forms of energy will be made available for wide public consultation, according to Energy Minister Conrad Enill. Speaking on Thursday at the post-Cabinet media conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s,. Enill said a Draft Policy Green Paaper has been prepared and a consultant had been retained “to flesh out the final elements of it”. He said the intention was to have a document available that would become the subject of wider public participation, “ensuring that, we meet all the possible stakeholders and then build it into our planning programme”. Enill said that Cabinet was advised on the status of the initiative relative to the decision taken in November 2008 regarding reenewable energy and to:


  • Relate energy balance in Triniidad and Tobago and conduct a status assessment of renewable energy applications and research activities into solar power, wind energy, wave energy and bio-fuels, including bio-gas, bio-diesel and bio-petrol


  • Identify feasible technologies in various sectors including trans- portation, manufacturing, commercial and residential using criteria relevant to this country


  • Set realisable targets on the adoption of renewable energy strategies


  • Set up a committee headed by the director of energy research and planning in the Energy Ministry and that includes representatives from the University of Trinidad and Tobago, the Trade, Planning and Public Utilities miinistries, National Energy Corpooration, a senior economist from the Public Utilities Ministry, environmentalists and environmental economists.


Enill said the committee met with stakeholders and received input from the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce, South Chamber of Commerce, Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association, Housing Development Corporation, Association of Professsional Engineers and several other upstream and downstream companies and project developers. He said the ministry also received a wide range of proposals from entrepreneurs interested in the establishment of renewable energy industrial production in a number of areas including solar, wind, bio-fuels and biomass (energy derived from biological material) technology. “So that there are a significant amount of projects outside that we are looking at,” Enill said.

Michelle Felix

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