SKN represented at high level conference on renewable energy



Minister of Public Utilities, Works, Transport and Post, with responsibility for Energy, Dr. Earl Asim Martin; Minister in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) with responsibility for Communications, Work, Physical Planning and Energy, the Carlisle Powell; and Ernie Stapleton, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Communications, Works, Physical Planning and Energy in the NIA, will represent the Federation of St. Kitts/Nevis at a high level conference dubbed the “Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum” (CREF).

The event, designed to promote renewable energy implementation and introduce world-class renewable energy technology to the Caribbean, will be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on 15-16 July.

However, the Federation’s delegation will first participate in a Regional Workshop on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policies on 14 Oct., sponsored by the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (OAS). This workshop will address issues relating to the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) in which St. Kitts/Nevis is one of the participating countries.

The two day conference will define the regional energy market with reference to demand, supply, resources and opportunities. It will pinpoint the bottlenecks in legislation, tariffs, technology, political will and finance.

In addition, it will access the relative viability of wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and waste-to-energy across the region, and benchmark Caribbean regulatory regimes against global best practices, with a view to make a determination for the right balance between regulation and incentivisation.

The OAS Representative in the Federation of St. Kitts/Nevis, Starret Greene, said the conference was particularly relevant to developments that are currently taking place in the Federation on the renewable energy front.

With respect to geothermal, Greene said there would be an analysis of developments in Nevis, Saba and Dominica and that discussion would also focus on putting in place the substantial financial resources needed to undertake exploration and extraction.

With respect to wind energy, the OAS representative remarked that the conference would analyse the success of regional wind farms to date and would provide information on performance, cost and maintenance issues.

The conference will bring together a high-powered audience of Caribbean energy decision-makers and international developers and investors.