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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.

“I must also tell you that in a report entitled, The Renewables 2010 Global Status Report, 100 countries were highlighted in the context of how they have implemented and gone forward to institute renewable energy through policy promotions and targets,” Seepersad-Bachan said.

“Of those countries, 45 out of 85 developing countries were included in this report. Trinidad and Tobago was nowhere in this report.”

Seepersad-Bachan, who was speaking at her ministry’s second national energy policy consultation at the National Academy for Performing Arts in Port of Spain on Wednesday, said this is cause for immediate action. The first consultation was held in San Fernando earlier this month.

She added, “As Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs, I not only took this seriously, I took it as a clear signal for immediate, yet deliberate action. I can now report to you that following the passage of the national budget for fiscal year 2010/2011, Trinidad and Tobago has assumed its place in this report as one of the developing nations aggressively pursuing a renewable energy industry.”

In a bid to further the country’s renewable energy strategy, the Minister announced a partnership between Trinidad and Tobago and the US Department of Energy.

“The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has partnered with the US Department of Energy in the creation of the Caribbean Renewable Energy Centre (CREC), which will be headquartered right here in Trinidad and Tobago,” Seepersad-Bachan said.

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