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The regional energy landscape is rapidly transforming, as regional institutions are pioneering and deploying sustainable energy technologies, applications, and innovations across CARICOM to keep us consistently and reliably powered in ways that are safe for our lives, livelihoods, and the environment.

As we work collectively to chart our path to a sustainable climate-resilient future, our team is committed to keeping you abreast of all the interventions and activities underway in our region. So, with that said, welcome to Radiate, a digital sustainable energy digest produced by the CARICOM Energy Unit and the Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean

Radiate is a collaborative effort sustained through regional partnership. Producing this inaugural issue was a lesson in resilience, underscored by the adage that perseverance seldom fails, and so we are excited for you to dive into the first instalment in this journey.

In the following sections, you’ll find a collection of stories documenting the sustainable energy transition journey underway at several regional institutions; get a sneak peek at what’s ahead for CARICOM Energy Month 2021; hear from staff at various institutions on how they managed the pandemic, working from home and driving transformational change; and meet the Future of Energy – the 2020/2021 CARICOM Regional Energy Apprenticeship Programme (REAP) Associates.

We hope you enjoy and if you have a story to tell or a highlight to share, we are happy to feature, so get in touch!

Partner Insights

Connectivity is a major theme in the energy sector. If we weren’t all connected to the grid, we couldn’t benefit from the energy supply it provides. Similarly, without connections to other institutions and bodies, we would never achieve energy transition at the regional level. It takes an all-hands-on-deck approach to bring about such massive change.

In this and future issues, you’ll hear from the leaders guiding and supporting our transition. First up, we have Dr. Devon Gardener, Programme Manager – CARICOM Energy Unit and Mr. Simon Zellner, Project Lead for the Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean.

The Energy Revolution in Action

Eight chapters of 2021 are written, and we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, but that hasn’t slowed us down!  Having made the necessary adjustments to carry on work during this time, the region’s energy institutions have become experts in the art of virtual business. The last eight months have been packed with webinars, workshops, kick-offs, capacity development interventions, and even networking events!

Here’s a roundup of all the activities executed thus far. What are you waiting for? Enjoy the recordings by clicking the links below!

UPCOMING
EVENTS

Readers Corner: Opinions, Papers and Fact Sheets

Come on over! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and have a more in-depth look at our projects and initiatives, check our opinions, papers, and factsheets listed below. They’re full of key information and steps taken as we power our way to a clean, green, serene, climate-resilient future.

Factsheets

Papers

The June 2021 edition of the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) – Caribbean Electric Industry Journal, presented current innovative solutions in the energy sector, critical aspects of the sustainable energy transition, the emerging interest in e-mobility in the Caribbean, and other pertinent energy-related content.

Among this edition’s insightful contributions, is a paper entitled: The Integrated Utility Model: Background, Performance, Emissions and Emissions Abatement Strategies (pgs. 55-63), co-authored by TAPSEC’s Sparkle Prentice, Senior Policy, Regulations & Resilience Advisor and Teocah Dove, Communications and Visibility Advisor.

ENERGY STREAM

What does energy have to do with climate change?

CARICOM Energy Knowledge Hub - A Collection of Tools Created with you in Mind

CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code Animation

Accessing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project Support via the CCREEE PPF

Electric Vehicles 101

CARICOM Energy Knowledge Hub (CEKH) How-To Video

CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code Animation

REAP COHORT

The Regional Energy Apprenticeship Programme (REAP) provides young professionals with the opportunity to gain meaningful hands-on experience at a regional institution deploying sustainable energy technologies and applications across CARICOM.

REAP Associates advance meaningful contributions in areas of energy information management, policy and regulatory affairs, energy systems development and energy diplomacy, among other areas.

We are pleased to introduce you to, The Future of Energy, the 2020/2021 REAP cohort. We encourage you to read their profiles, experiences, key initiatives they’ve worked on to date, and a word of advice for future candidates.

Staff Insights

This is a great time to be on the frontlines of energy transition, but don’t take our word for it. Hear from our young energy leaders, Mr. Kwasi Worrell and Ms. Sapphire Vital as they recount their intern experience at the CDF and CCREEE. Mr. Bernd Garbers spent much of 2020 working remotely from the world’s first 100% renewable island, Samsø and shares a little on what a renewable world could look like! Read below!

CARICOM Energy

CCREEE

TAPSEC Caribbean Office - Dominican Republic

TAPSEC Guyana Office

TAPSEC Barbados Office

Disclaimer Notice

This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.