Montserrat  is a British overseas territory located in the Leeward Islands, part of the chain of islands called the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. This island measures approximately 16 km (10 miles) long and 11 km (7 miles) wide, giving 40 kilometres (25 mi) of coastline.

Montserrat has an active volcano, which is monitored by the Montserrat Volcano Observatory and two-thirds of the island’s population were forced to flee abroad by an eruption of the previously dormant Soufriere Hills volcano that began on July 18, 1995.

The village of Brades currently serves as the temporary centre of government while construction proceeds on a new town at Little Bay in the north of the island.

The Montserrat Utilities Ltd., a merger of Montserrat Electricity Services (MONLEC) and the Montserrat Water Authority (MWA) is the agency with responsibility for energy matters, including alternative sources of energy. Electricity in Montserrat is 100% diesel-generated and is currently produced from four diesel units based at Brades Power Station.

Some Achievements:

  • Draft National Energy Policy (2008)

CIPORE Focal Point Office

Melvin Lindsey

Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and the Environment
P O Box 344
Tel: (664) 491 2521/2
Fax: (664) 491 6659

Fast Facts

  • Capital: Plymouth (destroyed); Brades (de facto)
  • Official Languages: English
  • Demonym: Montserrat 
  • Government: British Overseas Territoy
  • Area: 102  km2/39 sq mi
  • Population: 4,655
  • Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (ECD)

RE Snap Shot

  • RE Interests: Geothermal, wind, solar
  • RE Target: NYA
  • Utility Company: Montserrat Utilities Ltd (MUL)
  • RE in Grid Supply: None
  • Energy Institutions: MUL, Ministry of Communication, Works and Labour (Committee for the Redevelopment of Montserrat/ Energy Development Committee)


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