OAS Supports Energy Week 2011 in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The Organization of American States (OAS) has assisted the Energy Unit within the Office of the Prime Minister in executing Energy Week in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The week was observed from November 13 to 18, 2011 under the theme “You have the Power to Conserve”. The OAS provided just over US$8,000 in funding to activities developed by the Energy Unit during that period.

The overall objective of Energy Week – to inform the national community on energy issues – falls within the mandate of the OAS-executed Caribbean Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP), which is working to educate and sensitize nationals and residents in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and six other Caribbean countries on issues relating to the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy conservation. CSEP is a joint project funded by the European Union (EU) in partnership with the CARICOM Secretariat, Caribbean Electric Utilities Association (CARILEC) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).

The week of activities in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines included a Seminar on Energy Efficiency, a live discussion on national radio on Energy issues, and other activities.

The annual celebration of Energy Week was mandated by the Thirty-Fifth Special Meeting of the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy, which was held in Georgetown, Guyana on March 22 – 24, 2011.