The focus of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) project was on developing a regional energy strategy, creating regional expertise and promoting networks between actors.
At national level, GIZ helped countries to improve the regional policy framework for renewable energy and energy efficiency and strengthening the ability of the Energy Unit of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Secretariat to carry out its coordinating role. The project provided technical training to regional establishments specialising in this field, developed their institutional structures and supported networking with other institutions. Training courses in renewable energy and energy efficiency offered at universities and technical schools were also expanded. At local level, REETA promoted pilot projects and documented their progress so that they could be rolled out. In that way, the project made a contribution to supply security and to the long-term stabilisation of electricity prices in the Caribbean.
REETA had at least twenty partner organisations (and associated personnel) including CARICOM Secretariat, Fifteen CARICOM Member States (and ministries and agencies) and several CARICOM institutions – CDB, CROSQ, CCCCC, OECS, UWI, CARILEC.
Objectives of REETA: Regional and national players in RE and EE are prepared for the political, organizational and technical requirements of a growing market in the Caribbean.
The following results have been achieved through international cooperation:
- The Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy was adopted in June 2013 as part of the CARICOM Energy Programme.
- REETA provided technical support to the CARICOM Energy Unit and also provided subsidies for member states’ events and programmes as well as for public relations. Two coordination groups have already been created, comprising member states, regional institutions and international donors.The groups have very quickly become a key body in which all sector actors with a major interest take part.
- CARICOM has recognised that a regional energy information system needs to be established to provide a basis for future policy decisions. REETA has already begun cooperating with CARICOM in this area, with a conference and a workshop held in Jamaica at the end of 2013. This work will be continued in cooperation with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
- An updated donor list is drawn up at regular intervals and supplied to stakeholders. This is an initial step towards improving the Energy Unit’s information activities.
- Most CARICOM member states have now adopted national energy policies which focus on greater sustainability and moving away from an energy supply which depends almost exclusively on fossil fuels.
- The CARICOM Secretariat has been helping member states to stage the annual Caribbean Energy Week for a number of years. REETA has now agreed to provide support in order to hold the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF), which takes place every two years.
- In cooperation with other donors, REETA has helped to integrate various renewable energy and energy efficiency training courses into the programmes. Individual courses have already been implemented and expanded.