OECS unveils new energy project for member countries

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has launched SETA – a Sustainable Energy Technical Assistance project, focused on creating a guide for the efficient and sustainable production and use of energy.

The project was developed in response to concerns over the high reliance of OECS Member States on fossil fuels to supply their energy needs.

It is hoped that upon completion member countries would have a better framework in place to reduce their country’s energy needs and to transition to more affordable forms of energy production in the long-term such as renewable energy development.

The SETA project, which is carded to last 13-months, costs just over US $2 million of which USD1.5 million is funded by a technical assistance grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

A major component of the project is the development of an OECS Regional Energy Efficiency Strategy (OECS-REES) and Action Plan, complimented by National Strategies and Action Plans for member countries.

A statement from the Secretariat said the “OECS-REES and National Strategies will incorporate, among other things, all aspects of efficiency improvements of the energy utilization sectors, including elements related to transportation and potable water”.

“The Action Plans will also identify interventions to be implemented for each energy utilisation sector in OECS member countries.”

Project Coordinator at the OECS Secretariat Leonard Deane said national actions plans can include suggestions for legislative reform where  necessary, “in order to reduce their country’s energy needs and to also transition to more affordable forms of energy production in the long-term such as renewable energy development”.

The project will also include the hosting of two Sub-Regional Workshops to engage stakeholders from OECS member countries in the development process.

Work on the project is expected to begin this month.©

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