Jamaica: Renewable Energy Development and Investment

Global Re-Energy, Inc. is in complete agreement with the initiatives set forth from the U.S. Caribbean and Central American Energy Security Summit held in Washington D.C. May 4th, 2016.  Our company is committed to providing direct access to our proven technologies through project development that will bring the initiatives set forth by the summit to execution in substance.  Global Re-Energy is ready and able now to deliver solutions for alternative renewable energy projects in the forms of Solar, Wind, Wave and our cutting edge Waste to Energy Technologies in the context of Total Waste Management Strategies that will achieve the desired Energy objectives for Caricom / SIDS Small Island Developing States and other countries in Central and Latin America to enable greater Energy Security by harnessing their current resources through technological innovation.  Additionally all our renewable projects must meet an acid test of being economically viable and self sustainable in order to ensure that we can bridge the gap between the theoretical to the practical which is crucial in securing real tangible project investment through our banking and private sector investor groups either as a conduit to our Governmental clients or in direct investment development through our company per project / market basis.
By objective we concur with Mr. Andrew Wheatley’s comments and objectives as set forth in the article listed below.  Our team at Global Re-Energy looks forward to working on solutions with him and his team in Jamaica for development of Renewable Energy projects leading to greater Energy Security for his nation and for the region.
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Prime Minister Rowley Of Trinidad and Tobago Commits to Renewable Energy

Global Re-Energy is in agreement with Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and US Vice President Joe Biden for initiatives to increase Energy Security as discussed at the US-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit. Energy security leads the way for economic growth that benefits all citizens.

Global Re-Energy works with Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and in Trinidad and Tobago to provide recycling and renewable energy solutions. We offer traditional renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind and ocean wave power. In addition, Global Re-Energy is a world leader in project development with our Waste to Energy technologies that create renewable energy from municipal solid waste combined with recycling benefits. Our Waste to Energy Technologies and Projects enable the conversion of new waste processing at Waste to Energy Plants and old (legacy) waste processing at landfills that deliver both environmental solutions combined with renewable energy production simultaneously.

Global Re-Energy builds and delivers Waste to Energy Engineering project solutions that are proven, economically viable and self sustainable that will meet environmental initiatives.

Contact Global Re-Energy or visit our website www.GlobalRe-Energy.com to learn more on how our renewable energy technologies can benefit you.

Rowley Commits to Renewable Energy
Low oil prices should not compromise Caricom’s pursuits for increased energy security that will benefit all citizens, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has said.

“Despite our different diverse geography, socio-economic levels and energy potential we have found (this) understanding,” Rowley said in an address at the US-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit on Wednesday in Washington, DC.

Given the “enormous scale” of resources in the region, renewable energy can and should be contributing more to the region’s energy needs and increasing prospects of energy security, he said, reiterating Caricom’s 47 per cent target for power generation from renewables by 2027.

Trinidad and Tobago’s own commitment, he noted, was ten per cent—or 150 megawatts—of renewable power generation by 2031, with wind and solar energy the leading options.

Rowley also singled out private sector involvement to making dreams of renewable energy generation a reality, calling their involvement “critical,” and suggesting tax credits to increase investment.
US Vice President Joe Biden, who spearheaded the Summit—a follow up from talks first held in January 2015—also addressed the audience.

Helping the region “succeed and thrive” by achieving energy security is “entirely in the self interest” of the United States, Biden said.

“We hope that you view it in your self interest as well…we want you to be energy secure so more people across this region can (have more opportunities) for growth. The more you prosper, the better off my country is. It strengthens our security and opens opportunity for shared economic growth,” he said.

Low oil prices mean more money is available to new energy infrastructure, and now is a moment of opportunity to sustain renewable energy generation and use when high oil prices return. The region, he said, was poised to be the “laboratory” for how the island nations can deal with energy sustainability.

“If we do this right it will become the blueprint for how other nations are able to meet the needs of their constituents,” he said.

Despite discussions of regional energy security—and even national security— absent from the agenda was any talk of Venezuela, even though several islands in the Caribbean have as their primary supply of fuel, oil imported from Venezuela through the PetroCaribe agreement.

“It’s not about Petro Caribe, just the broader energy security of the region. You will not hear the word Venezuela being mentioned at all,” US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs told the media at a briefing.

The United States’ interest, he said, is that when the world’s economy fluctuates it can affect the economies in the region in a serious way.

“That has implications for us in terms of our national security and our diplomatic relations, so it’s in our national security interest that the Caribbean and also Central America for (these regions) to have prosperous economies that are safe,” he said.

The US State Department also released its US-Caribbean-Central American Task Force report for energy security yesterday. Among other things, the report noted that Caricom’s leadership is aware of the need to transform the region’s energy situation and the US is committed to supporting that.

The next steps, the Task Force said, will be to establish a priority list of clean energy projects for the region, through co-ordination of the Caribbean Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE).

Carla Bridglal
Washington, DC

[Bridglal, Carla. “Rowley Commits to Renewable Energy.” The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper. N.p., 6 May 2016. Web. 10 May 2016.]

Time for Caricom to look at Energy Future – Trinidad Renewable Energy Development

 Global Re-Energy, Inc. fully concurs with the key points and objectives which are set forth in this article and can assist with the development of renewable energy projects.

Our company has had ongoing presence in Trinidad for over 6 years at which time we have been working closely with our Joint Venture Partner in Trinidad – Oil Field & Marine Sales & Services Ltd..  We have already commissioned a Recycling Plant for SWMCOL in Trinidad and are in planning stages for another.  During this period we have also conducted numerous studies for Waste to Energy and studies for Total Waste Management Solutions in Trinidad and other Caricom countries.

Our studies can save any new administration both time and resources as we have formulated existing strategic solutions for Total Waste Management Solutions that can be implemented in Phase Segments promptly.  Our solutions are self sustainable and economically viable inclusive of Waste to Energy solutions.  Waste to Energy as a concept is very desirable, anytime it is mentioned it captures the imagination.  However there are many complexities to the concept that most parties are not familiar with and the viability is in the details.  What may work technologically or in sequence operational process in one market may be ill suited for another subject to market dynamics, technology options/combinations and energy costs that may vary from market to market in Caricom.

The keys to all RE – Renewable projects are that the technology or combined technologies must be operationally proven while making sense for profitable viability of economic factors and can be maintained indefinitely as self sustained projects.  That is the acid test required in planning that bridges the gap between the theoretical to the practical.  Many general studies or general Waste to Energy ideas never get past the theoretical stage due to either improper study, knowledge, planning or technology applications to a given market’s unique dynamics/challenges. Waste to Energy as a term or concept is inclusive of many forms or options technologically.  Which configuration or combinations are best suitable to achieve objectives is the crux of the matter that can be confusing at first.  Fortunately, our engineering expertise and prior studies will take the guess work out and allow for direct solutions to be implemented promptly for most Caricom markets and Trinidad specifically.

In relation to Trinidad, fortunately our group has conducted studies which have allowed us to formulate a Total Waste Management Strategy / Waste to Energy Solution.  A strategy that first is based on proven technology and sequentially phased to process new waste first diverted away from landfills. The process incorporates both recycling solutions while implementing waste to energy conversion which is self sustainable and economically viable from inception.  This initial sequence prevents new waste from entering landfills while processed off site, in essence stopping landfill proliferation, that allows for landfills to be closed as a subsequent step.  Once the landfills are closed or capped or even prior to final closing all the while new collected waste is processed viably off landfill site, leachate treatment solutions can be implemented to start the clean up process.  The next sequence in the strategy is to implement a full landfill eradication plan which will include a very specialized high volume waste to energy process with recycling support that will result in the systematic eradication of the landfill with renewable energy production.  This step of landfill eradication is quite complex however and can be supported best by first processing new waste offsite, then closing the landfill and only then “attacking” the plethora of old waste at landfill for eradication.

In theory it can be done out of sequence but again the practical supersedes the theoretical when it comes to viable engineering solutions.  In practice this strategy only becomes viable when done in this sequence based on studies and unique market dynamics in Trinidad. The landfill eradication process on its own is very difficult to justify from a cost to benefit analysis as it is often not viable economically stand alone when energy costs are low (as is the case in Trinidad).  However, the good news is that our strategy delivers viable solutions on the front end of new waste processing whose economic benefits can help fund/support the landfill eradication process.  The final step in the strategy is to recover greater economic benefits as landfills are eradicated through recovery of land.  The recovery and reclamation of land will yield large returns that will be socio-economically beneficial, but as Rome was not built in a day this part will yield its great returns of land recovery overtime.  The immediate socio-economic benefits will be available, fortunately, by design from inception through our waste to energy process for newly collected waste. Thus, enabling the whole strategy and sequence of steps to be implemented are economically viable and self sustainable for assured success in the endeavor from the onset.

Trinidad is blessed with natural resources as an energy producer.  Trinidad now also has the opportunity to diversify, innovate and create renewable energy from various sources including waste to energy while supported through recycling, which ensures environmental stewardship is demonstrated in the process.  With blessings come great leadership responsibility.  The time has come for Trinidad to lead Caricom by example, to a new Energy Future.To learn more about how Global Re-Energy, Inc. and how our technology/engineering solution strategies can benefit you immediately, contact us today.

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Providing Renewable Energy and Waste Management Solutions for SIDS

Global Re-Energy inc. is committed to provide recycling and renewable energy solutions for SIDS (Small Island Developing States) like Antigua. As referenced in the following articles, our technologies for renewable energy production include, but are not limited to, solar, wind, wave power and waste to energy production.

Common to all SID nations with limited natural resources and land space, municipal solid waste issues are prevalent as landfills are often at or over capacity creating environmental issues as well as socio economic issues.

Global Re-Energy inc. can provide immediate solutions in relation to municipal solid waste management challenges with our waste to energy plants that can process new waste for immediate recycling benefits and renewable energy production. In the process, our waste to energy solutions initiate the road to reducing and eradicating landfills enabling the reclamation – recovery of valuable land resources over time.

To learn more about how Global Re-Energy can help you visit our website www.GlobalRe-Energy.com.

Referenced Articles:
OAS Supporting Renewable Energy for Sustainable Communities
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Friday April 15, 2016 – Like many of its neighbours, Antigua and Barbuda has some of the highest electricity prices in the world, with rates several times higher than in the United States, and incomes considerably lower.
In light of this challenge, the Organization of American States (OAS), through the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), launched a small-grant initiative to promote sustainable communities, an opportunity that Ruth Spencer —who leads a community solar project in the country’s capital — seized.
Ruth Spencer knows firsthand the value of solar energy. She owns a 14-unit guest house on the northern coast, where she rents out small apartments to tourists and medical students. Partly because of guests’ heavy reliance on air conditioning, the property’s electricity bills were as high as $3,000 a month. A few years ago, with a grant from the Caribbean Export Development Agency, she was able to install a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system and cut her electricity costs by 75 per cent.
For this economist, renewable energy is not an abstract concept, but an urgent answer to critical development problems.
“If we don’t convert to green energy, nothing is going to happen here. The poor are going to get poorer, because when people can’t pay their energy bills and have their electricity cut off, their children can’t study in the evening, and they’re more likely to hang out in the streets and get into trouble.”
“The thing is,” she added, “we have this free resource. All this sunlight burning us up—we could be using it for good.”
The OAS and ECPA programme awards up to $50,000 to support community projects that address some of the challenges of rapid urbanization, with a focus on four priority areas: clean energy; community-based energy efficiency; natural disaster resilience; sustainable transport solutions and waste management; as well as waste-water recycling and management. Richard Huber, who runs the Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean project at the OAS, said that projects such as the one being implemented in Antigua and Barbuda have a tremendous and multiplying impact on small communities, “even when small grants are awarded.”
From the government’s perspective, the initiative to support these sustainable projects goes beyond the economic benefit and has an impact on people’s mind and awareness in terms of natural resources preservation. Diann Black-Layne, Chief Environment Officer of Antigua and Barbuda, acknowledged that many people have doubts as to the efficiency of solar panels, but “this community solar project is helping to change minds. Every launch event has made local headlines; the impact has been tremendous,” she said.
In fact, Ruth Spencer has become a community leader raising awareness on the benefits of renewable energy and the potential of green jobs. Her experience has opened the eyes of the community on the opportunities that this type of alternative energy provides.
“It’s not that people don’t know about solar energy,” she said, but rather that many “didn’t realize that an ordinary person could have access to it.”
Today, Ruth has networked, rounded up volunteers, and helped provide solar PV systems for eight small community organizations and churches.
Ruth Spencer’s objective is to target non-profit organizations that are doing good work for the community but don’t have the necessary resources to run air conditioners. Such is the case of the “Vibrant Faith Ministries” church where some members were inspired by the opportunity for hands-on participation and helped install the solar panels on the congregation’s roof.
Although its energy needs were modest, the church was paying about $300 per month in electricity. The solar panels have cut the bill by more than half. That has helped the church’s members understand the potential for savings, even on a small scale.
In 2015, Ruth Spencer was recognized with the Energy Globe Award for her work in solar energy deployment in Antigua and Barbuda. Authorities are currently ensuring that her efforts are not in vain: Black-Lane is putting a multimillion-dollar sustainable island resource framework fund into operation that includes a component to offer accessible loans to low- to middle-income earners for residential solar energy and hurricane-readiness projects.
The community solar project headed by Ruth, she concludes, has become the best example of what you can expect to get.
[OAS Supporting Renewable Energy for Sustainable Communities. (2016, April 15). Retrieved April 21, 2016, from http://www.caribbean360.com/news/oas-supporting-renewable-energy-sustainable-communities]

Landfills Nears Capacity Level
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The authorities hope to begin construction of a second cell at the Cook’s Sanitary Landfill next year as the first, built in 2006, has reached capacity.
“We do not envisage that we can put waste in it beyond possibly another two years to be generous,” Programme Manager of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) David Spencer said.
He said constructing the second cell would be easier than the first, as the ground work has already been laid.
“The management team has already put forward the necessity within the shortest possible time, within the next year or so, to begin the process of preparation for the next cell,” he said.
Spencer said the first cell was built in a period of six to nine months.
Mario Bento, chairman of the Antigua & Barbuda Waste Recycling Corporation (ABWREC), which operates the island’s lone recycling plant, initially sounded the alarm that the rate of waste generation in the country was on the rise.
“We have a solid waste issue on our hands in Antigua … and the reason for the operation is to try to recycle as much solid waste as we can and thereby divert as much waste as we can from that landfill,” Bento said.
“The less that we put into the landfill is the longer that it will last.”
Spencer agreed saying that as much of 80 per cent of the waste generated locally can be diverted from the landfill.
Bento said ABWREC, a Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown project, has diverted 3.6 million pounds of waste away from the landfill over its eight years of operation.
[Christian, K. (2013, October 30). Landfills Nears Capacity Level. Retrieved April 21, 2016, from http://antiguaobserver.com/landfill-nears-capacity-level/]

Global Re-Energy Provides Viable Waste Management Solutions for Trinidad and Tobago

Global Re-Energy, Inc. and our affiliated joint venture partner in Trinidad and Tobago, Oilfield & Marine Sales & Services, Ltd, are committed to providing proven viable waste management solutions for Recycling and Renewable Energy objectives that are in congruence as per this article with Prime Minister Rowley’s national initiatives.

Environmental stewardship and accelerated economic development that create positive socio-economic benefits for the Nation are attainable through our proven waste management strategies and technological innovations. A total waste management strategy and program to meet national initiatives with proven methods can be developed expeditiously by processing waste in such a way to maximize recycling and renewable energy revenues while also minimizing the need for landfills in order to reclaim-recover valuable land resources.

Our Group is in position to provide immediate solutions both for new waste processing with our proven Waste to Energy Plant(s) and subsequently, subject to study, provide solutions for advanced Landfill Waste Management solutions inclusive of Leachate Treatment and Landfill Eradication Technology Solutions for pre-existing wastes at landfills. The combined approach will ensure that recycling and renewable energy benefits are viably sustained while environmental and land reclamation-recovery objectives are realized for greater socio-economic benefits to The Nation.

Our project development group is very proud to already have successfully commissioned the first PET Bottle Washing-Beverage Container Recycling Plant for Trinidad in June of 2015. In addition, our group is currently in process to develop a new Recycling Plant for Trinidad that can safely recycle and process International and Bio-Medical Waste subject to final planning. Furthermore, the technology and engineering scope we cover is vast. Through our expert engineering teams our range of technologies by category for project development include:

Recycling – Waste to Energy – Renewable Energy – Emissions (Industrial Pollution Control) – Water Treatment

Within each primary category there are a plethora of specialized vertical technologies and applications which we can deliver subject to requirements and solutions by client driven needs. Technology specific applications can be combined to engineer and customize systems or plants that ensure the best solutions are uniquely tailored to meet market-client specific conditions.

Contact Global Re-Energy, Inc. to learn how we can help provide Waste Management, Recycling and Renewable Energy Solutions that meet your requirements or visit our website: www.globalre-energy.com for more information.

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Jamaica: Global Re-Energy’s Waste to Energy Plants Create Jobs and Soci-Economic Benefits

In conjunction with Jamaica’s Prime Minster, Mr. Andrew Holness, and his objectives to enhance Waste Management initiatives simultaneously with job creation opportunities (See article from the Jamaica Gleaner); Global Re- Energy is in complete agreement that this is viable now. Global Re-Energy is committed to providing technological solutions for both Recycling and Renewable Energy projects worldwide and in the Caribbean that meet SIDS (Small Island Developing States) and World Wide standards.

One of the most advantageous technologies that Global Re-Energy offers is in the realm of Waste to Energy Plants. Our Waste to Energy Plants combine direct recycling technologies for non-degradable waste combined with renewable energy technologies for degradable waste to create electricity. The process enables both the separation and capture of recyclables centrally while ensuring energy is created seamlessly down-stream which in turn produces both environmental and energy benefits. Our proprietary process enables immediate utilization for new waste to be eradicated regardless if it is mixed stream or pre-separated at aggregation. This process capability saves tremendous amount of resources and time to get started with advanced waste management process without necessitating the long time curve of creating a waste separation culture at aggregation point which is ideal but can take many years to implement efficiently. Our Waste to Energy Plants provide immediate relief for advanced recycling and energy creation from mixed waste.

In addition, a plethora of ancillary benefits are created in the process. Job creation for plant workers is a primary benefit but the benefits are not limited to direct job creation alone. The socio-economic benefits that Waste to Energy Plants create are vast. In addition to direct jobs created at the plants, the socio-economic benefits extend to the greater community in multiple forms, however no limited to, such as:

  • New Industries in advanced recycling processing that grow around the Waste to Energy Plants also create additional new jobs.
  • New businesses are created around the Waste to Energy Plants that support the greater community with more services, revenues and additional jobs.
  • Land reclamation as excess waste is eradicated over time adds greater value to real estate and opens opportunities for space for more public and commercial projects to grow in the area, which leads to more positive socio-economic benefits, inclusive but not limited to more jobs.

The socio-economic impact to the community in direct and indirect benefits from Global’s Waste to Energy Plants is thus exponential.

Our Waste to Energy Plants represent comprehensive Waste Management solutions for both new waste and old waste (at Landfill) that will also reduce environmental issues while producing energy and creating multiple positive socio-economic impacts.

To learn more about how Global Re-Energy can help you visit our website www.GlobalRe-Energy.com.

Global Re-Energy Works to Fulfill the Paris Climate Change Agreement

As Global Re-Energy continues to forge forward to support small islands in development (SIDS) of sustainable, renewable energies and recycling, more is to be discussed on the Paris Climate Change agreement.

Recently some 200 nations came together and decided the Paris Climate Change Agreement was a necessity to slow global warming and aid in the reduction of the pollution and green house gas emissions that threaten the future of our planet.

The Paris Agreement requires parties to regularly report their emission reduction and progress made to make Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

In implementing the Paris Agreement, in special recognition with SIDS, Trinidad and Tobago seeks to decrease green house gas emission by 15% in regards to transportation, power generation and industrial facilities by 2030.

In support with these initiatives, Global Re-Energy can assist with direct technological capabilities in both recycling and renewable energy projects that will be a catalyst in achieving goals for the nation in accordance with the Paris Agreement and SIDS.

For example, in June on 2015, Global Re-Energy cut the ribbon on the grand opening of the first operable PET Wash Line / Beverage Container and Plastic Bottle Recycling Plant in Trinidad a Tobago. Our team is looking forward to additional projects expansion in the realm of recycling to further build upon this direction.

Additionally, in relation to enhanced waste management of municipal solid waste processing which also can incorporate renewable energy production in the form of electricity from waste, our team can also offer Waste to Energy Plant technologies for the nation to further reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. This will achieve both a positive environmental impact while creating new renewable energy production in the form of electricity simultaneously.

Many other ancillary benefits are derived with the technologies of recycling and Waste to Energy Plant processes that will include environmental, renewable energy production and socio-economic advantages for the nation in conjunction with meeting the emission of green house gases and the eradicat6ion of landfills overtime.

To learn more about our recycling, renewable energy and our Waste to Energy Plant technologies visit our website www.GlobalRe-Energy.com.

Jamaican Prime Minister Pledges Waste Management Solutions

The Jamaica Observer wrote a brief article in which addresses Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s pledge to implement a waste management plan.

“KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has pledged to implement a comprehensive waste management programme, which includes the beautification of cities and townships, the separation of degradable waste from non degradable waste at source, and the divestment of the Riverton City Dump in St Andrew into a waste to energy operation.

Speaking this afternoon at the Party’s Area Council 1 meeting at the Kingston High School, Holness said the government will solve the perennial problem of the Riverton City Dump, while at the same generating jobs.

Holness said that several entities have expressed serious interest in taking over the Riverton City dump and using it to generate electricity.

He added that investors not only invest where the projects are profitable, but more so where it is easier to do business.”

[“Holness Pledges Divestment of Riverton City Dump.” N.p., 13 Mar. 2016. Web. 14 Mar. 2016.]

In support with these initiatives, Global Re-Energy can assist with direct technological capabilities in both recycling and renewable energy projects that will be a catalyst in achieving goals for the nation in accordance with the Jamaica’s initiatives.

In addition to general recycling and renewable energy technology capabilities, Global Re-Energy is the leader in providing Waste to Energy Plants worldwide that separate degradable waste from non-degradable waste at source and in turn produce electricity in the form of clean renewable energy, which also achieves environmental and energy production initiatives while reducing the carbon foot print of gas emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement and SIDS (Small Island Developing States) objectives.

To learn more on about how our technologies can be incorporated for environmental, renewable energy production and socio-economic benefits that are simultaneously derived from our projects, contact the Global Re-Energy team and visit our website www.GlobalRe-Energy.com.

Renewable Energy Challenges

Global Re-Energy is in full support of the development for renewable energy solutions in Trinidad and Tobago, the greater Caribbean and worldwide. Global Re-Energy is in position to support all pending and current initiatives and legislation with direct technological solutions for recycling and renewable energy projects for both a micro and macro scale.

Please contact our team or visit our website www.GlobalRe-Energy.comto learn more on how Global Re-Energy can assist you.

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Energy Insider – David Renwick
“ MY 17 or 18 readers will recall that I recently spoke of the establishment of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) in Barbados, the goal of which will be the active promotion of the substitution of fossil fuels with various forms of renewable energy (RE) in the region, including Trinidad and Tobago.

CCREEE has a demanding task on its hands.

It will have to try and live up to the goal set out in the Caricom Energy Policy (CEP) of 20 per cent of energy in Caricom to come from RE sources by 2017, 28 per cent by 2022 and 47 per cent-almost half–by 2027.

Trinidad and Tobago itself has set its own target–ten per cent of energy generated by RE by 2021, as announced in the 2015-2016 budget address by Finance Minister Colm Imbert.

Even the more modest Trinidadd and Tobago figure stands little chance of being achieved, according to analysts.
Caricom member states are being nothing if not ambitious by setting the bar so high.

Of course it all depends on how determined the governments are to meet their goals and whether CCREEE, under direction of Dr Albert Binger from Jamaica can force the pace.

The biggest single leap into RE can be made in the electricity generation sector but the Power Generation Co of Trinidad and Tobago (PowerGen), which seems to be in the midst of reconstructing its business with the imminent closure of the Port of Spain power station, has not declared whether it will be using the opportunity to insert some RE into the mix.

The Point Lisas, Penal and Trinidad Generation Unlimited (TGU) stations will presumably continue to be run on natural gas.

The electricity transmitter and distributor, the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission, long since severed from the generating sector, actually seems to be putting PowerGen to shame by dabbling in RE on its own initiative.

It has four grid-interconnected RE installations – Mt Hope photovoltaics (2.2 kilowatt hours – kw), UTT O’Meara (PV 2.2 kw) Gasparillo PV system (2 kw) and the Gasparillo wind turbine (2.4 kw), according to is assistant general manager, engineering, Courtney Mark – not a very large amount.

It may well have to be left to the private sector – households and small businesses – to take up the slack via their own RE projects, using the sun or the wind.

Re-generated power is one thing but, of course, there are less dramatic avenues for householders and small businesses to show the way in RE and that is through using the sun, rather than electricity to heat their water.

Solar water heating (SWH) has, so for, had only modest take-up in this country as far as Energy Insider is aware.

But in recent report, supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) suggests that “SWH systems can be highly cost-effective across the Caribbean, taking advantage of the region’s abundant solar resources”.

The report points out something that most of us already know – that Barbados leads the region – indeed, the world – in the use of SWH.

It ranks among the top four countries in the world for installed SWH capacity per capita, the others being Austria, Cyprus and Israel.

Despite the recent fall in oil and gas prices, the report entitled “Solar Water Heating TechScope Market Readiness Assessment for Eight Caribbean Countries” insists that the region is still ripe for RE.

“Many Caribbean countries rely almost entirely on imported liquid fuels for energy production,” is observes. “This heavy reliance on imports can inhibit economic development and leaves them vulnerable to spikes in global energy prices.”

It goes on: “National budgets are often burdened with expensive and fluctuating subsidies. For some Caribbean countries, the cost of electricity subsidies can exceed two per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).”

“Widespread adoption” of RE resources, the report argues, “can reduce fossil fuel dependence and is these markets are developed sustainably, create local business and employment opportunities.”

It singles out the SWH Sector, noting that “since electricity is used as the primary fuel source for domestic water heating in many Caribbean countries, increased deployment of SWH can also improve grid reliability by reducing electricity demand.”

What’s more, using SWH can cut down on green house gas (GHG) emissions.

The report is perplexed at the fact that “despite similarities in national and economic conditions among most Caribbean countries, no other SWH markets in the region have approached the level of development and maturity of Barbados.”

Only st Lucia and Grenada have also come on board, though to a much lesser extent.

How to excite the interests of the rest including Trinidad and Tobago in expanding the use of RE via SWH as a first step, is the challenge.

Barbados has been offering fiscal incentives towards that end for decades, but there seems to have been little take-up on reliefs granted by the minister of finance Winston Dookeran in his 2010-2011 Trinidad and Tobago budget in which he offered SWH inducements relating to import duties, VAT rating and tax allowance.

Why has one country responded but not the other?

Could it be barriers to overcome are too formidable.

Among these are:
FINANCE. “Despite short pay-back periods for SWH in most Caribbean countries, high upfront and financing costs remain prohibitive.”

WEAK POLICY ENVIRONMENT. “Few countries have implemented specific policies to support SWH development.”

LACK OF PUBLIC AWARENESS. “While domestic SWH is ubiquitous in Barbados (80-90 per cent of homes) and generally included in all new home construction in the country, public awareness and acceptance on SWH is significantly lower in other Caribbean countries.”

SMALL AND FRAGMENTED SWH INDUSTRIES. “Since most Caribbean countries have low levels of deployment, there are relatively few installers and only a limited number of RE industry groups. There is also little domestic SWH manufacturing across the region outside of Barbados and St Lucia.”

David Renwick was awarded the Hummingbird Medal (Gold) in 2008 for the development of energy journalism in Trinidad and Tobago. “

Renwick, David. “Renewable Energy Challenges.” Trinidad Express 2 Mar. 2016: n. pag. Print.

Global Re-Energy to Reduce Harmful Greenhouse Gases

Global Re-Energy is the leader in recycling and renewable energy technologies including Waste to Energy Plants that are major contributors to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition we also provide innovative pollution control technologies such as our Electrostatic Precipators, which reduces harmful emissions from both pre-existing industrial plants and from the environment as a whole.

In recent news, Trinidad and Tobago has set the goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emission by 15% in regards to transportation, power generation and industrial facilities by 2030.

Global Re-Energy is highly committed to support SIDS-Small Island Developing States such as Trinidad and Tobago in meeting those initiatives to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

TT to reduce greenhouse gases
By VERNE BURNETT Sunday, February 21 2016
Trinidad and Tobago has given an undertaking to the United Nations (UN) to reduce emission of greenhouse gases by 15 percent in the transport, power generation and industrial sectors by 2030 under this country’s intended nationally determined contribution which is required under the Paris Agreement on the reduction of greenhouse gases which was signed at the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris.
Kishan Kumarsingh, Head, Bilateral Environmental Agreements at the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development made the comment in an interview with Newsday following a seminar on The Implications of the Air Pollution Rules 2014 held, last Friday, by the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) at the Westmoorings headquarters of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

He said at the moment Government is developing the enabling environment for monitoring or measuring emissions, for reporting on those emissions, and for verifying that the emission reductions are taking place.

He said the Air Pollution Rules being implemented by the EMA adequately provides the regulatory framework to begin taking an inventory of emissions and regulating those emissions with the exception of transportation which he said was not covered under the rules. He said that at some point consideration could be given to the inclusion of vehicle emissions, or harmonising the present air pollution rules with those which govern motor vehicle emissions. During the seminar, EMA officials said the authority is anticipating a hundred percent compliance with its Air Pollution Rules 2014 by May 31, 2016, the deadline for existing and potential emitters of polluting gasses to register their activities with the EMA.

EMA officer Allison Moore said individuals can be fined $5,000 per violation, and $1,000 per day for each violation of the rules until the violation is remedied, or stopped.

In the case of two violations, the fine moves up to $10,000, and $2,000 per day, as long as the violation continues. Companies can be fined $10,000 per violation and $5,000 per day until the violation is remedied, or stopped.

The seminar was attended by emitters and potential emitters of polluting gases and companies which operate furnaces.

The rules were signed in December, 2014 by then Minister of the Environment, Ganga Singh, and the EMA began implementing them last year, but is making use of a six month period for registration of existing and potential emitter facilities, and for educating the public.

Registration began on December 1, 2015, and is scheduled to end on May 31, 2016.

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