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OAS Supports Sustainable Energy Projects



Renewable energy offers key alternatives for transforming the energy outlook which, Caribbean nations very much need. With the aim to contribute with the integral development in the region, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States – through its Department of Sustainable Development – hosted the regional workshop, Development of sustainable energy projects: experiences, strategies and implementation, which took place in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia on 19 August.


The objective of this high level gathering was to contribute to the search of more sustainable and strategic alternatives aimed to enhance energy security development, essential to ensure the prosperity of the region. In this workshop, government officials responsible for the energy portfolio of the different Caribbean countries, cooperation agency representatives and regional technical field experts among other guests, attended this workshop.


Senator the Honourable James Fletcher, Minister for the Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology will officially open the Workshop on August 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM at the Bay Gardens Inn Hotel, Rodney Bay, Gros-Islet, Saint Lucia.   Some of the most outstanding facts/results/conclusions of this event include…


Energy is a fundamental component for the socioeconomic development of the Americas. However, this reality imposes challenges that are unique to the Caribbean. The region imports the energy resources it consumes almost entirely, depends heavily on electricity generation from diesel and fuel oil, and has modest water resources. As such, the development and use of domestic natural resources for electricity and/or transportation services, combined with energy efficiency measures is essential to facilitate a transition to a more sustainable energy future for the region. Conversely, renewable energy alternatives are a key component of this transformation. However, the costs of incorporating renewable and energy efficiency services are a barrier that negatively impacts their uptake.

Topics such as … rose as part of the discussion, were… Similarly, this meeting offered a forum for dialogue on the experiences of past and current support for energy project and policy development.  Additionally, the workshop served as a space to identify specific country requests for assistance to address challenges to sustainable energy project development and identify areas for synchronization with development partners.


This is the second workshop on Strengthening Capacity Energy Sustainability offered by SECBI under the framework of the Energy and Climate of the Americas (ECPA). These workshops have been designed to foster debate and promote better understanding on topics needed to addresses critical commercialization challenges related to injecting less environmentally harmful energy technologies.


The work being done by the OAS through this initiative in the Caribbean, seeks to facilitate the transition toward a market that favors diversified energy technologies with low carbon emissions and reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels, whose high and fluctuating values ??have a negative impact on the trade balance small island states.


source: stluciatimes

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