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Caribbean Countries Sign MOUs to Join the MRV Hub

May 29, 2019 - On the heels of scoping trips and training events, five Caribbean countries have now signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to join the MRV Hub in the Caribbean. These countries include: Saint Lucia, The Bahamas, Antigua & Barbuda, Belize and Jamaica. The Caribbean Cooperative MRV Hub is a new cooperative regional institution for carbon management that will enable SIDS and other Caribbean countries to support each other by improving and aggregating technical expertise ... [ more ]

On Puerto Rico’s 'Forgotten Island,' Tesla's Busted Solar Panels Tell A Cautionary Tale

May 11, 2019 - VIEQUES, Puerto Rico ― After Hurricane María plunged Vieques into darkness, Tesla's arrival heralded the dawn of a microgrid future. But it wasn't that easy. It looks like something out a brochure advertising what renewable energy could offer a remote, storm-ravaged island. Electrical lines still hang perilously from poles across the street, but inside the mint-green, one-story Ciudad Dorada senior center, fans blow cool air and refrigerators stocked with insulin and other medicines ... [ more ]

REPORT: Puerto Rico Utility Scale Energy Storage Systems

In order to provide safe, reliable, and continuous electricity service to the citizens and visitors of Puerto Rico, there is a need to revitalize and modernize PREPA's assets and increase the efficiency and reliability of the current service. The deployment of utility-scale energy storage systems at a variety of critical PREPA substations that can provide grid stability and peaking capacity is a critical component of this effort. In order to achieve the desired objectives of the Proposed Project, the Authority is considering a public-private partnership ... [ more ]

New 2030 Energy Plan Relies on CCA’s to Procure 10,000 Mw to Meet Climate Goals

April 30, 2019 - Concord, Calif. – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on April 25 unanimously approved a new plan for achieving ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets within California's electric sector, primarily relying on Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) to procure the new clean energy resources the state needs over the next decade to meet its climate goals ... [ more ]

IRENA: Renewable Capacity Highlights

March 31, 2019 - At the end of 2018, global renewable generation capacity amounted to 2351 GW. Hydro accounted for the largest share of the global total, with an installed capacity of 1172 GW. Wind and solar energy accounted for most of the remainder, with capacities of 564 GW and 486 GW respectively. Other renewables included 115 GW of bioenergy, 13 GW of geothermal ... [ more ]

Puerto Rico Legislature Approves 100 Percent Renewable Energy Target

March 26, 2019 - Puerto Rico today joined a small, but growing, cohort of jurisdictions pursuing 100 percent renewables when its House of Representatives approved legislation (PS 1121) that revamps the island's energy system. Hawaii and Washington, D.C. are the only other U.S. localities that have the same ambitious target, although Illinois is currently considering legislation ... [ more ]

Combined Heat and Power: A Sleeping Giant May Be Waking

March 2019 - Combined heat and power (CHP) projects are proving their worth as a way to provide lower-cost energy with increased efficiency and lower emissions.  They also are being used to provide backup power during grid outages, with the ability to use a variety of fuels, with natural gas leading the way ... [ more ]

Building Puerto Rican Resiliency with LPG-Fueled Engines

March 2019 - It took months for some Puerto Rican residents to have power restored to their homes and businesses after Hurricane Maria, but those with on-site generation fared much better. That's why adding a containerized combined heat and power solution made sense for the ProCaribe liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminal ... [ more ]

REPORT: Caribbean Cooperative MRV Hub

Under the Paris Agreement, countries will be required to submit detailed data and supporting information every two years as a Biennial Transparency Report (BTR). To achieve this, countries are working to rapidly develop comprehensive climate measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) systems. The Caribbean Cooperative MRV Hub ("MRV Hub") is a new regional institution designed to support Member Countries in their efforts to: improve MRV systems, build Paris Agreement reporting capabilities, and enhance  ... [ more ]

Why Community Solar Is the Future of the Industry

February 11, 2019 - If you haven't been paying attention to the solar industry, you're probably surprised at how much publicity community solar is currently getting. It would appear its popularity has been a recent development that has come out of nowhere -- so quickly, in fact, that people are just beginning to understand exactly what the whole concept of community solar is ... [ more ]

The Caribbean’s Untapped Renewable Energy Potential

February 8, 2019 - The global strategy for mitigating climate change is no secret. Most countries have embarked on an initiative to transition to clean energy sources. According to a study by scientists from the universities of Oxford and Utrecht, we will almost certainly pass a point of no return for dealing with global warming if governments worldwide don't transition away from fossil fuels ... [ more ]

IRENA: Strong Ties Between Public and Private Sectors - Key to Accelerating Renewables

February 5, 2019 - The rationale for pursuing 100% renewable energy has become increasingly compelling. As evidenced in a new strategic paper by the International Renewable Energy Agency's Coalition for Action, Towards 100% Renewable Energy: status, trends and lessons learned, more than 50 countries and over 280 states, regions and cities have already committed to some sort of 100% renewable energy target. The Coalition, a network of over 80 leading renewable energy players  ... [ more ]

PREPA Calls for Making the Island into 8-Minigrids

February 5, 2019 -  Puerto Rico’s utility is calling for segmenting the island’s electrical grid into eight minigrids, myriad microgrids and installing more energy storage than is now in all 50 US states. The concept is outlined in a draft integrated resource plan (IRP) that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) plans to finalize and submit to regulators February 12. [ more ]

2nd Puerto Rico Grid Revitalization & Investment Forum

January 28, 2019 - Since the launch of PR-GRID in May, Puerto Rico’s energy system has continued to deteriorate. The legacy of Hurricane Maria lingers in daily power outages and households that are still without electricity. The country’s energy utility, PREPA, has been plagued by board upheaval. It is a predicament which demands direction, and yet it remains unclear which federal or state agency is at the helm. [ more ]

10 Takeaways from the IEA’s World Energy Outlook

January 1, 2019 - The International Energy Agency (IEA) deemed growth and disruptions of the world's power sector so significant to the future of energy, it dedicated—for the first time—a four-chapter "special focus" on electricity in its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO2018). The analysis of world energy trends by the Paris-based autonomous intergovernmental organization is studded with interesting findings. Here are 10 of the most relevant ones. [ more ]

Murphy International's CHENACT AP Project Wins Best Energy Efficiency Project for 2018

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - The Murphy International contract project and report called Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme (CHENACT AP), created for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) to propel the Caribbean hotel sector towards energy efficiency, has won Best Energy Efficiency Project for 2018 at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) in Miami ... [ more ]

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