Pursuing Sustainable Energy Saint Lucia Neranda Maurice Sustainable Development & Environment Officer Ministry of Physical Development & the Environment Government of Saint Lucia Presentation Outline Policy & legislative context Main Policy tenets Major achievements to date Realities & Challenges Opportunities for investment- clean technology Ethanol Plant Expansion Street lighting using clean technology Solar cooling Public Building e.g. HIA Policy & Legislative Context 1999- Cabinet conclusion promoting use of Renewables 2009- Drafting instruction for Review of Electricity Supply Act 2009- Blueprint for the establishment of a regulatory authority 2010- National Energy Policy endorsed by Cabinet 2010 & ongoing- Review of the Electricity Supply Act Main Policy Tenets Energy security and reliability; Diversification of the energy base; Exploitation of indigenous renewable energy resources; Higher efficiency in energy production, conversion and use of energy with the overall objective of reducing energy intensity; Reduction of adverse environmental effects and pollution; Major achievements to date Power utility & Government collaboration to develop a wind farm Agreement with Qualibou Inc. pursue geothermal Utility & Qualibou Inc. Term Sheet Photovoltaic penetration Emerging ESCOs/Energy Consulting firms Industry technicians trained in energy audits Reviewing draft Geothermal Bill Growing public awareness & demand for EE and RE technologies PV net metering demonstration Realities & Challenges Delays in the establishment of a wind farm Land dispute Delays in geothermal development Recently re-negotiated TORs with Qualibou Inc. Extended policy process Limited financing to carry out energy education and awareness activities on a continuous basis Initial challenge with getting utility to embrace unconventional Limited capacity to assess emerging technologies. Financing for initial capital outlay for RE & EE retrofits Access to EE technologies locally Opportunities for investmentClean Technology 10Kw grid connected photovoltaic system at National Trust Building, Pigeon island Bioethanol Applied Renewables Caribbean Inc. IDEAS Energy innovation US$200,000 Raw material: waste bananas Pilot phase Investment to move project beyond pilot phase. Street Lighting Clean energy street lighting project Conceptual phase Justification: To reduce electricity bill of the Government of Saint Lucia by reducing the amount paid for street lighting. And to increase RE penetration. Solar Cooling •Solar cooling project HIA & other public building •Project in conceptual phase, efforts to secure funding for feasibility study ongoing Justification: To demonstrate the use of large scale solar cooling THE END THANK YOU!! Merci!!!