OAS Urges Caribbean on Green Energy


Above: Nevis Peak, the site of a geothermal project (CJ Photo)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

The Caribbean must strive to develop and expand green energy initiatives, OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin urged yesterday at a conference in Suriname.

“Realizing the potential of renewable energy in the Caribbean region requires investment, commitment, partnerships and political will,” he said. “It also means being prepared to make difficult choices; sometimes choosing between political expediency and the long-term good.”

The Caribbean has seen a growing movement towards green energy in recent years; from a burgeoning geothermal sector in Nevis and Dominica, to wind projects across the English– and French-speaking islands.

In the British Virgin Islands, there is a growing political drive to change the country’s energy law, which essentially prohibits green fuels as a primary energy source.