Join our forum Subscribe to mailing lists
Join a chatroom Join a meeting
Browse the site by category

U.K. funding approved for energy policy study- Turks & Caicos

The British Overseas Territories Environmental Programme has approved funding to develop a National Energy Conservation Policy and Implementation Strategy for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“This project focuses on reducing the islands’ dependence on fossil fuel, increasing energy efficiency and energy conservation,” said Jewel Batchasingh, deputy director of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources. “It is expected to establish more sustainable patterns of power consumption and production, which would benefit the Turks and Caicos Islands population, government, and business community.”

More than 90 percent of the country’s electrical power is generated with oil, and the cost to generate is among the highest in the Caribbean — 28 cents per kilowatt hour compared to 10-15 cents for the rest of the region, according to the terms of reference for the project. Two main reasons are the country’s lack of a deep water port and the small scale of power generation utilities.

The project will include a national energy audit, a review of current laws and policies here and in other nearby countries, and an assessment of energy efficient appliances and equipment.

The project is scheduled to begin in November with a series of town hall meetings and one-on-one meetings with various key stakeholders.

The government’s Tenders Board awarded the contract to Castalia Strategic Advisors, described as “a leading expert in electricity sector organization and reform, including strategies to improve financial, institutional, regulatory, governance and other policy frameworks.”

Castalia is currently completing a Sustainable Energy Framework project for Barbados, preparing a Renewable Energy Strategy and Implementation Plan for Mauritius, advising on power sector restructuring in Sao Tome e Principe with viable renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, and just developed the legal and regulatory framework for renewable energy development in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

The government took another step toward improving energy use in August by eliminating import duty on solar and wind generating equipment, solar panels, low volume toilets, water filtering equipment, biodegradable plastic bags and washing products, and compact florescent energy saving light bulbs.

Duty also was reduced from 33 percent to 15 percent on Energy Star appliances, and duty was set at 10 percent for electric and hybrid vehicles.

At a meeting Oct. 5, the governor’s Advisory Council recommended that the government “support investments in renewable energy technologies that were consistent with new policies on the use of crown land and the encouragement of enterprise and economic development; and met relevant environmental and planning tests.

“In addition, it recommended the modernisation of building and planning regulations to encourage the installation of micro-generation equipment in private and commercial properties, and that (the government) review and consider the feasibility of introducing binding renewable energy generation targets to incentivise the main providers to invest in a mix of generating sources.”

Category/ies:Regional News.
RSS: RSS 2.0 Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.

View My Stats