On my recent trip to Bermuda in November 2017, invited by the government of Bermuda to participate in the Bermuda Energy Summit 2017, I was able to experience first-hand how that island has adapted to withstand the frequent storms, hurricanes and droughts throughout many decades. First, as you can see from the photo below, there are no cables; 100% of the transmission cables … [Read more...] about An Example of Climate and Energy Resilience for the Caribbean
In natural resource management, the “trinity of transparency” centers on knowing how much a country earns from the development of its oil, gas or mining resources, who its partners/producers are, and whether the terms of its contracts are favourable to the country. Luckily, for Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), these questions can now be easily answered thanks to some pioneering … [Read more...] about Lifting the Lid: Will Contract Disclosure Save or Sink Trinidad and Tobago’s Extractive Sectors?
For decades, a high-voltage transmission line has passed through the Amerindian village of Powakka, located in the district of Para in Suriname, without benefiting the community. The 161kV transmission line transports to Paramaribo the electricity generated by the Afobaka Hydropower Plant, historically the country’s main source of electricity. However, the village never had a … [Read more...] about Improving Rural Electrification in Suriname
In this interview, Mr. Dookeran and Dr. Carlos Elias discuss the process of ‘Caribbean Convergence’. Mr. Dookeran and Dr. Carlos Elias recently edited a book called ‘Shifting The Frontiers: An Action Framework For The Future Of The Caribbean’. Below you will find a short summary of the interview. Shifting the Frontiers: Caribbean Convergence from Caribbean Country … [Read more...] about Shifting The Frontiers: Caribbean Convergence
Photo: IDB Sustainable Cities, Solar energy project in Jamaica. The Caribbean energy sector is ripe for change – its long-standing dependence on fossil fuels has ensured that citizens pay some of the highest energy rates in the world. However, by making a commitment to changes in infrastructure, investment in sustainable energy, and the modernization of the legal and … [Read more...] about Three Strategies to Transform the Caribbean’s Energy Sector