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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 ››

Three Reasons the Energy Transition Is a Bumpy Ride

The energy world is changing fast. Investments in renewable energy are outpacing investments in traditional energy. But both traditional power providers and startups are struggling to find viable business models for an industry in transition. Among the first to feel the sweeping changes in the energy sector were utilities in developed countries that have a high share of … Continue Reading ››

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 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 ››

A Pathway to Affordable, Sustainable Energy in the Dominican Republic

Yesterday, at the Energy Ministry of the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo, the Worldwatch Institute presented analyses and recommendations to government officials and energy stakeholders to support a transition to a sustainable energy system in the country. Minister for Energy and Mines Dr. Antonio Isa Conde, Vice Minister of Energy Ernesto Vilalta, Secretary of … Continue Reading ››

Water-Energy Nexus in Latin America: Climate Change and Hydropower Vulnerability

Climate change impacts on water resources are increasingly affecting the vulnerability of global hydropower generation. Higher temperatures and changing weather patterns are altering evaporation, river flow, rainfall patterns, frequency of extreme weather, and glacial melting rates. These effects are compounded by the expected increased water demands for economic and population growth, resulting in greater reduction … Continue Reading ››

Utility 2.0: Four Changes That Utilities Are Making to Meet Our Energy Needs and Climate Goals

The energy supply sector (primarily electricity) was responsible for about 17 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2010, or about 35 percent of the global total. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, this figure could double or even triple by 2050 unless much greater decarbonization of the sector is achieved. Renewable energy, … Continue Reading ››