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Interview: CARICOM Energy Chief Devon Gardner on the Caribbean Energy Future

Worldwatch’s Alexander Ochs met with Dr. Devon Gardner during the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Week 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Devon is Programme Manager for Energy and Head of the Energy Unit at the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). He is also a member of the preparatory team of the Caribbean Centre … Continue Reading ››

Moving Beyond the Generation Fixation: Grid Transformation Key to Delivering on Paris

Attending the annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2016 launch event in June, I watched BP Chief Economist Spencer Dale invoke lessons from history. “Even if renewables continue to grow faster than any other energy technology in history,” he said, “we are unlikely to meet carbon emissions reductions targets set in Paris last … Continue Reading ››

Four Unexpected Champions of the Clean Transportation Revolution

Greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector are growing faster than those from any other sector. With the transportation sector already accounting for nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, investing in public transportation is a critical strategy to address global climate change. Strategies to curb transport emissions, such as by transitioning to … Continue Reading ››

From Omen to Opportunity: How Cheap Oil Is Accelerating Sustainable Energy Investment

An increasingly unprofitable global oil market is driving fuel prices to historic lows and hemorrhaging investment in conventional energy sources. Breaking with tradition, cheap oil no longer foretells disaster for renewable energy companies. On the contrary, disillusioned fossil fuel investors are seeking high-growth opportunities—just in time to ride the renewables wave in the wake of … Continue Reading ››

Island Energy: How the Ocean Can Take Us to 100% Renewable Energy in Tropical Nations

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Due to their small scale, most tropical islands suffer from high energy costs related to the import of liquid fuels, such as diesel or heavy fuel oil. With conventional electricity costs often ranging well above 20 to 50 U.S. cents per kilowatt-hour, these countries would benefit from the more rapid implementation of sustainable energy alternatives.

A Justified Juncture: How Renewables are Redefining Jamaican Energy Economics (Part 4)

Never before has the opportunity to go green in the energy sector been as appealing and accessible as in the Caribbean. This four-part blog series documents the paradigm shift currently under way in the region, where the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica present moving case studies on the momentum that is building … Continue Reading ››

“Give Me Light, Give Me Life”: How Renewables Are Rekindling Hope in Haiti (Part 3)

Never before has the opportunity to go green in the energy sector been as appealing and accessible as in the Caribbean. This four-part blog series documents the paradigm shift currently under way in the region, where the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica present moving case studies on the momentum that is building … Continue Reading ››

Don’t Siesta on Sustainability: How Renewables Can Reinvigorate the Dominican Republic (Part 2)

Never before has the opportunity to go green in the energy sector been as appealing and accessible as in the Caribbean. This four-part blog series documents the paradigm shift currently under way in the region, where the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica present moving case studies on the momentum that is building … Continue Reading ››

How Will Cuba’s Reopening Affect the Country’s Energy Future? PART II: Looking Ahead

For decades, Cuba has faced a severe energy crisis. Because longstanding trade embargoes have limited the inflow of cash from the West, the country’s response has centered mainly on reductions in energy use. Cuba has made great strides in improving energy efficiency and raising awareness about energy conservation (as described in my previous post). … Continue Reading ››

How Will Cuba’s reopening affect the country’s energy future? PART I: The Energy Revolution

Since the United States and Cuba reopened their respective embassies last month, reestablishing full diplomatic relations for the first time in 54 years, foreign policy experts have focused mainly on the expected impacts on Cuba’s economy and trade. But this geopolitical development also will affect the ambitious energy policies of the cash-strapped country. Despite the … Continue Reading ››