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Caribbean energy sector to get transformation support

In consultation prior to summit (from left) President of Guyana David Granger; Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Keith Rowley; CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Prime Minister of The Bahamas Perry Christie; Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness and Minister Kenred Dorset of The Bahamas In consultation prior to summit (from left) President of Guyana David Granger; Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Keith Rowley; CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Prime Minister of The Bahamas Perry Christie; Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness and Minister Kenred Dorset of The Bahamas
WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 5, 2016 - The just ended Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington has given a commitment to support the Caribbean’s transformation of the energy systems.

The 46th Annual Washington Conference of the Americas/US-Caribbean- Central American Energy Summit which was hosted by US Vice President Joe Biden, ended yesterday, and in a joint statement the Summit pledged to pursue, among other things, comprehensive, planning-based and research-driven approaches to energy transition.

In addition, it has pledged the promotion and development of affordable no-or-lower carbon electricity generation through wind, solar, geothermal power, hydropower, bioenergy, ocean energy, energy recovery from waste, and other clean energies.

The Summit also pledged  the support and promotion of energy efficiency measures while also recognising that alternative fuels, such as natural gas, can play a useful bridging role.

The institutions and member states which participated in the 3-4 May Summit, hosted by the US Vice-President Joe Biden were: the Governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, together with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Caribbean Development Bank, European Union, Inter-American Development Bank Group, International Renewable Energy Agency, Organization of American States, and the World Bank Group: