Government exploring renewable energy
Nov 13, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune
Regional News - Cayman Net News - Grand Cayman - Cayman
The Cayman Islands government will pursue renewable
energy as a means of diversifying the Islands' generating
sources, reducing energy bills, and minimizing impact
on the environment.
"The government is keen on pushing forward a greener
more environmentally-friendly Cayman that uses renewable
energy more widely," notes Deputy Premier and Minister
of District Administration, Works and Gender Affairs,
the Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly.
Against this background, the Minister recently led
a team to the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum held
in Montego Bay, Jamaica (14-16 October).
The team included West Bay MLA Cline Glidden, Acting
Deputy Permanent Secretary Tristan Hydes and Managing
Director of the ERA Philip Thomas.
The Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum was designed
to impel renewable energy implementation across the
Among its objectives were to define the regional
energy market; pinpoint the bottlenecks in legislation,
tariffs, technology, political will and finance and
work towards solutions; introduce world class renewable
energy technology to the Caribbean, and facilitate
long term local and international investment in regional
sustainable energy projects.
The forum also was aimed at exploring and encouraging
energy conservation strategies across the region.
Minister O'Connor-Connolly said that the team attended
the conference to gain greater insight into alternative
energy sources including waste-to-energy, solar and
She cited some priority areas that would promote
the use of renewable energy in the Islands. These
included promoting solar energy and net metering of
local homes, waste-to-energy measures, and hybrid
"These technologies will allow Cayman to become more
independent of the inevitable escalating oil prices
while promoting cleaner, sustainable energy generation
and more jobs for locals in a diversified industry,"
said Minister O'Connor-Connolly.