Dominica government outlines energy
Apr 26, 2006 - carribeannetnews.com
ROSEAU, Dominica: The Permanent Secretary in Dominica's
Ministry of Housing, Lands, Telecommunications, Energy
and Ports, Dr Colmore Christian, has outlined the
government's strategy to harness the country's renewable
energy resources, mainly geothermal and wind, in
response to the escalating price of oil on the world
market and the need to pursue reliable and affordable
sources of energy.
Dr Christian was at the time addressing an Alternative
Energy Symposium, organized by the Environmental
Coordinating Unit (ECU) in partnership with the Global
Environment Facility Small Grant Project (GEF-SGP)
and the Florida Association of Voluntary Agencies
for the Caribbean Action (FAVACA), USA.
Speaking at the symposium last week, Dr Christian
noted: ? The increase in world prices for oil have
had and continues to have devastating effects on
small developing economies and economies in transition.
?These international developments have forced countries
and development strategists to explore options for
sustainable renewable sources of energy. Surely,
the current high price of oil on the international
market and the call for a reduction in the use of
ozone depleting substances globally have made some
non-oil based sources of energy much more economically
attractive and environmentally desirable...?
The Government of Dominica, through the Ministry
of Housing, Lands, Telecommunications, Energy and
Ports has embarked on a multi-pronged approach, the
primary elements of which include:
* Development of Hydro: Presently Hydro makes up
40% of Dominica?s energy production. Although there
are no plans to expand that percentage in the short
term, the goal is to at least maintain and consolidate
that level of hydro energy production into the future.
* Dominica?s geographic location presents opportunities for harnessing the
abundant supply of available solar energy. The State has invested in a totally
solar-powered facility at the Morne Diablotin National Park at Syndicate.
* Wind Energy Research has confirmed the potential for wind energy generation
in some parts (Woodford Hill and Delices) of the island.
* Geothermal Initiative- Phase I of the GEF-funded and OAS coordinated sub-regional
initiative, involving Dominica, St. Lucia and St.Kitts/Nevis.
A funding proposal for Phase II of this initiative
is presently before the GEF for consideration. Further
investigations to be undertaken and the possibility
of developing a pilot project in Dominica has been
proposed under this second phase.
* Collaboration with the French (funded under Intereg)
* Government is actively pursing the development and commissioning of a 5-megawatt
geothermal plant by December 2008.
Also addressing the symposium was FAVACA?s Chief
Engineer, Dr Bill Young., also from the Florida Solar
Energy Centre. Dr Young delivered a presentation
on photovoltaic/ wind energy.
On the invitation of the Environmental Coordinating
Unit, Dr Young visited Dominica from April 17-21,
2006 to undertake an assessment of the island's potential
in regard to the generation of solar/wind energy.
While in Dominica, Dr Young also made site visits
to a number of communities including Penville.
The pursuit of cleaner and environmentally friendly
sources of energy is in keeping with Government?s
aim of lessening the island?s dependence on fossil
fuel while at the same time maintaining Dominica?s
reputation as the Nature Island of the World.