Having achieved 28% of current electricity generation from hydropower and wind, Dominica says it can boast of being CARICOM’s forerunner in the use of renewable sources of energy, among the OECS countries.
According to a new ECLAC study, ‘Barriers to Identification and Implementation of Energy Efficiency Mechanisms, and Enhancing Renewable Energy Technologies in the Caribbean’, Dominica is the CARICOM member which consumes the largest proportion of its energy from renewable sources.
In the wake of the 2008-2011 financial crisis, and recognizing that its dependency on fossil energy increased its vulnerability to supply and price fluctuations, Dominica said it decided to pursue sustainable energy strategies that support the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.
As much as US$20 million in investments have already been made to develop the island’s geothermal energy potential. Solar and wind energy sources also exhibit high potential to satisfy the country’s energy needs.
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