Region needs urgent help pushing renewable energy

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, Thursday May 13, 2010 – The Caribbean is need of urgent support from countries who have become leaders in wind energy to make renewable energy visions a reality.

That’s the view of Natural Resources and Public Utilities Minister in the Nevis Island Administration Carlisle Powell as he made a presentation in Berlin, Germany before political, business, scientific and civil society representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union.

He discussed the challenges and perspectives associated with closer technological cooperation, in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

“In the Caribbean, we have been talking a good talk about wind energy for the last 20 years and only Jamaica and Nevis have made any real advances.  Yet wind is widely used in Europe and Latin America,” Powell said.  

“We urgently need continued support from countries like Germany where you have become leaders in wind energy. Help us to develop wind studies, Power Purchase Agreements, contracts, evaluation of data, legislation and tariffs,” he adding, while he acknowledged the assistance Nevis had received from Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme.

Powell said Nevis had been fortunate to receive technical support for its geothermal project development from the Organisation of American States (OAS), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the government and people of Iceland. 

The Icelandic support had been extended to include evaluation and monitoring during the production drilling phase which he said was of critical importance to the Nevis Government, to ensure that the island’s resources were properly developed in a sustainable way.