What You May Have Missed: Prominent Caribbean News from This Past Week

Regional

June 8, 2011

IDB launches regional initiative to support Sustainable Aviation Biofuels in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank announced last week the approval of a regional cooperation to help public and private institutions develop a sustainable biojet fuels industry employing different kinds of local organic feedstock.

June 13, 2011

Hydroelectricity, Biofuels To Lead Latam Renewables Growth

Hydroelectricity projects are set to balloon in Latin America as the region is expected to invest hugely in the technology in coming years, followed by biomass and wind power, according to industry observers.

Dominican Republic

June 13, 2011

Energy chief warns power companies against overcharging

The CEO of the State-owned Power Companies (CDEEE) disagreed with the distributing companies applying the Electricity Superintendence’s mandated 8% increase in the light bill for the consumption of May.

June 15, 2011

The rich and poor steal US$50M in electricity

State-owned Power Companies (CDEEE) CEO Celso Marranzini affirmed Tuesday that energy theft reaches around US$50 million, including society’s upper, middle and lower classes.

Haiti

June 8, 2011

Storms in the sky for the environment (Article in French – “Orages dans le ciel de l’Environnement”)

President Michel Joseph Martelly and Prime Minister Daniel Gérard Rouzier announced last week that the Ministry of the Environment will be integrated into a superstructure intended to deal with territorial collectivities and land planning, among other duties. Environmentalists are not happy with this decision.

Jamaica

June 15, 2011

Blackouts hurting Mandeville business

The frequent failure of the Jamaica Public Service Company’s (JPS) electricity supply system in the Mandeville area is wreaking havoc on the business sector and causing severe damage to residents’ equipment.



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