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

Please see the latest Energy happenings.

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What’s on Your Agenda?

Workshop on Energy & Environmental Management

February 2, 2011,  Know more

Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference 2011 – “Energy and Investment” – Rationale

February 7-9, 2011,  Know more

Trinidad & Tobago National Energy Policy Consultations

– February 14th, 2011-Sangre Grande

– February 16th, 2011-Tobago, Know more

Caribbean Clean Energy Business Forum 2011

February 16-17, 2011,  Know more

REFF-Latin America & Caribbean (REFF-LAC)

February 22-23, 2011,  Know more

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

February 28- March 2, 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

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Cuba

April 02, 2011 – April 10, 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



Consultancy – OECS- Energy Sector Legal Framework, Rules & Regulations

Consultancy: OECS sub-Regional Energy Efficiency Strategy

Consultancy Services for OECS Sub-Regional Energy Efficiency Strategy and Action Plan- Public Education & Awareness



Jamaica RE investment opportunities

Geothermal Projects in the Caribbean for Potential Investment

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


Content Administrator, CIPORE

Caribbean Energy Information System (CEIS),

Scientific Research Council (SRC),

Hope Gardens, Kingston 6,

Jamaica W.I.

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CEIS manages the Caribbean Information Platform on Renewable Energy (CIPORE)


OECS member states achieve historic milestone

Member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) marked yet another milestone in their integration process, with the entry into force of the revised treaty establishing the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Economic Union. Read more

Spotlight: Antigua & Barbuda Draft National Energy Policy. Download

Loans for Renewable Energy Projects available in Jamaica – Improve efficiency and cut costs

With the price of oil projected to surpass the US$100 per barrel mark this year, EXIM Bank is encouraging local businesses in the productive sector to protect themselves from the adverse effects of high costs by retrofitting their operations to be more energy efficient. Read more

UK firm signs Cuban renewable energy deal

Generating power from sugar cane fibre and wild shrubs is at the heart of a pioneering link between a British company and the Cuban government. Havana Energy, chaired by former Labour government minister Brian Wilson, plans to develop the technology to build biomass energy plants in the country.

The deal, with state-owned Zerus, comes as the country trials ways of working with private firms, after decades of running its economy through the state. It is being valued at $250m (£157m).The investment is being hailed as the first major renewable energy contract signed between Cuba and a British company. Read more

Bellevue Hospital gets security lights powered by solar energy

Energy efficiency at the Bellevue Hospital in Kingston has been significantly improved, with the installation of seven outdoor security lights, powered by a solar photovoltaic system. Read more

Policy Spotlight: Cuba Energy Policy

Cuba’s Energy Policy (section)  as extracted from the 2010 Economic & Social Policy Guidelines

Energy policy

222.        Increase the national production of oil and accompanying gas, developing known deposits and accelerating geological studies aimed at finding new deposits, including the exploration works in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Mexico. Read more

More wind power: Wigton Phase Two opens

Phase 2 of the Wigton Wind Farm in south Manchester is now up and running with an additional 14 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy now available. Read more

Hellshire Hills in Jamaica possible site for wind farm

The Ministry of Energy and Mining is eyeing the Hellshire Hills in St Catherine as a possible site to establish a wind farm, Minister James Robertson informed councillors at the St Catherine Parish Council’s monthly general meeting. Read more.

Antigua & Barbuda Energy Desk Releases the Draft National Energy Policy – Stakeholder Feedback Invited

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement during the recently concluded budget debate in the Lower House, the Energy Desk has released the Draft National Energy Policy. The document was prepared by the Office of the Prime Minister and the National Energy Task Force with the support from the CARICOM Energy Programme, the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the consultant firm German ProfEC GmbH. The technical and policy assistance was offered as part of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) funded by the European Commission.  Read more

APUA Moving Toward Alternative Energy

Two trainee engineers from APUA attended an  International Training Workshop on Solar Energy Application for Developing Countries late last year. Garfield Pigott and Tesfa Francis were in Lanzhou, China, from September 22 until November 16. They joined 36 participants from 22 countries including Afghanistan, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Serbia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Egypt, Fiji Islands, Vanuatu, and Burundi. Read more

Wave project could benefit from incentives law in Dominican Republic

Company SME & Design’s wave power generation project would be the first of its type to benefit from the Dominican Republic’s renewables incentives law, an official from the national energy commission’s (CNE) incentives office told BNamericas.

The legislation does not require tax payments during the first 10 years of renewable energy projects, includes zero import duties and provides up to 75% of equipment financing, among other benefits. Read more

Havana Energy launches pilot renewable energy project in Cuba

Havana Energy, a division of the Esencia Group, has entered into a partnership with Zerus for developing a 30 MW pilot power plant at Ciro Redondo Sugar Mill, located around 400 kms from Havana. This project would be used as a model for the development of other power plants. Read more

Funding secured for renewable energy project in Antigua-Barbuda

Less than a week after the release of the draft National Energy Policy in Antigua and Barbuda for stakeholder feedback, 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 US President Barack Obama during the Summit of the Americas hosted by Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. Read more

Trinidad & Tobago puts focus on renewable energy

Although successive governments have pledged to increase the local production of renewable energy, Trinidad and Tobago is still lagging behind other countries in this sphere, Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, says. Read more

German Ambassador hosts energy workshop participants in Trinidad

Renewable energies and energy efficiency were the subjects of the workshop that was organised by the Department of Physics, UWI, supported by the University of Flensberg through the German Academic Exchange Service held at UWI from January 17 to 19. Read More

Cuba exceeds power generation expectations with sugar cane biomass

The Cuban sugar cane agribusiness sector contributed to the saving of oil during the so-called short sugar cane harvest, by exceeding by 8 percent its planned electric power generation using sugar cane biomass.

The head of the Institutional Communications Office, Liobel Perez, from the Sugar Ministry, told ACN that it also resulted in the surpassing of the sales to the National Electrical Power System. Read More

LUCELEC: Waste to Energy project principals met

Representatives of Island Green Energy and Elementa, the companies spearheading the proposed waste to energy plant at Deglos, met with LUCELEC formally on Thursday (January 20).
The meeting discussed the scope of the project and the requirements for advancing the project.  Some of these include licensing and a power purchase agreement, since under the Electricity Supply Act LUCELEC has an exclusive license to generate electricity for distribution. Other requirements related to relevant permits and DCA approvals, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and guarantees for the delivery of a minimum amount of garbage to the land fill daily. Read More

Nevis Represented At US Geothermal Energy Reverse Trade Mission

Permanent Secretary of Communication and Works in the Nevis Island Administration, Mr. Ernie Stapleton and General Manager of the Nevis Electricity Company (NEVLEC), Mr. Cartwright Farrell left Nevis on Saturday, January 22nd to attend the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Geothermal Energy Reverse Trade Mission. Read More

Sustainable Energy Initiatives Launched

Barbados is examining ways of creating sustainable energy initiatives, and to this end, Government will soon draft renewable energy and energy efficiency legislation.

This was announced by Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Darcy Boyce. He was delivering the keynote address today at the launch and Operational Planning Meeting for Sustainable Energy Initiatives, held at the Grand Barbados Beach Resort, Aquatic Gap, St. Michael. Read More

Jamaica Appeals For International Support For Alternative Energy Policy

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda, is appealing to the international community to partner with Jamaica, particularly in relation to strategies for alternative energy sources.

“There are so many things that we can learn from you in terms of your strategies to deal with alternative energy,” Mr. Samuda said in his Ministerial Address to the Diplomatic Corps at the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) office, New Kingston, on Thursday January 27. Read More



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Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean Conference

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.

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