Alternative energy is high on the policy agenda in countries around the world and most governments have set ambitious targets and have implemented support schemes aimed at facilitating market acceptance. The same is true here in the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, with the Government's announcement in its 2016 fiscal budget of its intention… Continue reading Market Acceptance Challenges for Alternative Energy Projects in T&T
Jamaica’s First Utility-Scale Solar PV Farm
In 2013, WBR Enterprises Inc. was selected by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) via a competitive bidding process to develop a 20 Megawatts (MW) solar farm - the island's first utility-scale solar project. The project was the third lowest bid received, in response to the OUR's request to supply 115 MW of renewable generation, with a proposed price… Continue reading Jamaica’s First Utility-Scale Solar PV Farm
Island Energy Snapshots – the Caribbean
The Islands of the Caribbean are known to have some of the highest electricity rates in the world, with the exception of only a few. This is primarily because more than 95 percent of their energy consumption is derived from imported petroleum products. The U.S. Department of Energy and its partners, through the Energy Transition… Continue reading Island Energy Snapshots – the Caribbean
Jamaica Surpasses 100 MW of Wind Power
Recently, two new wind farms (Wigton III and BMR) were commissioned onto the Jamaican electricity grid with a combined capacity of 60 megawatts (MW). This pushes the paradise Island beyond the 100 MW mark, now having total installed capacity of 102 MW. The Wigton III Wind FarmWigton III is a 24 MW wind farm owned and operated… Continue reading Jamaica Surpasses 100 MW of Wind Power
OUR’s Response to Xenogy on 37 MW Project Selection
May 25, 2016 Mr. Courtney Powell Founder & Chief in Editor XenogyRE Renewable Energy Blog Please see O.U.R.’s responses to your correspondence requesting clarification: 1. On the 27th of January 2016 the OUR reported to have received a total of 17 bids in a media release titled: "OUR GETS 17 RENEWABLE ENERGY BIDS". However, in… Continue reading OUR’s Response to Xenogy on 37 MW Project Selection
Xenogy Writes to the OUR on 37MW Project Selection
Director, Consumer & Public Affairs Office of Utilities Regulation 36 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10, 3rdFloor PCJ Resource Center Dear Mrs. Grinam Nicholson, Firstly, we would like to congratulate your organization for having successfully completed the most recent round of the initial request for 115 MW of renewable generating capacity. Secondly, we would like to query… Continue reading Xenogy Writes to the OUR on 37MW Project Selection
Wind Turbines – I’m a Big Fan!
The Wind Turbine is Renewable Energy biggest fan and I am a fan of wind turbines! Now since we are on the topic of fans, I decided to share with you the answer to a burning question I had some time ago regarding wind turbines. My mind boggling question was, "why don't the turbines behave like a… Continue reading Wind Turbines – I’m a Big Fan!
Companies go Head to Head to Supply RE in Jamaica
Jamaica is currently leading the English speaking Caribbean in the use of renewable energy (RE) at the commercial level and will probably continue to do so for some time to come. This statement is based in one part on its current installed capacity of 72 Megawatts (MW) and the other on the 78 MW that… Continue reading Companies go Head to Head to Supply RE in Jamaica
What’s price got to do with it?
A lot, apparently. This is especially true when it comes to how efficiently we use electricity in Trinidad and Tobago, and by extension, our natural resources, since virtually all the electricity we use is generated from natural gas. In Trinidad and Tobago, the average price of electricity is a mere US$ 0.06 per kilowatt hour… Continue reading What’s price got to do with it?
Can Renewables Address the Economic, Social and Environmental Goals in the Caribbean?
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in a ninety four (94) page publication titled "REthink Energy towards a new power system" articulated the point that policies that promote renewable energy can simultaneously address economic, social and environmental objectives. I too share this sentiment. As global warming becomes more apparent, policymakers in the developed world have… Continue reading Can Renewables Address the Economic, Social and Environmental Goals in the Caribbean?