The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), in close collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, is implementing on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) the “Climate Resilient and Sustainable Energy Supply” project. In an effort to strengthen the resilience of the Caribbean’s Power Sector, Cli-RES’s regional interventions are guided by the CARICOM Energy Policy (CEP), the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C- SERMS) and other national policies and strategies on sustainable energy in CARICOM Member States as well as the Dominican Republic.

By 2021, Cli-RES supported interventions will effectively restructure the current energy systems and significantly improve the energy security of selected Caribbean countries; build and maintain a robust electricity system that can withstand, respond and adapt to external shocks; improve system reliability and diversify their resource mix while at the same time promoting clean economic growth and lessening dependence on costly, imported petroleum fuels.


Cli-RES is supporting the region’s transition towards climate resilience by enabling selected member states with the capacity and infrastructure to effectively implement measures for sustainable and climate-dependent energy supply.

Cli-RES’s Mission

To achieve its mission, Cli-RES works in close cooperation with these key regional institutions:

CCREEE – Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

CDB – Caribbean Development Bank

CDF – CARICOM Development Fund

CARILEC – Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation

CIMH – Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology

CROSQ – Caribbean Regional Organization for Standards and Quality

UWI – University of the West Indies

Key Cli-RES Impact

Resilience Planning


Caribbean Regulators, energy utilities and energy ministries

by 2021, will have new vulnerability analysis with recommendations for resilient planning and design of the national energy system.


Caribbean Regulators, energy utilities and energy ministries

by 2021, will have Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) for the energy sector, including plans for measures and investments.

Resilient Electric Utilities


Energy utilities

by 2021, would have accessed CARILEC’s advice and services to plan and implement measures to increase the resilience of their energy systems.


Energy utilities

by 2021, would have each developed a new good practice approach to climate-resilient planning and operation of their energy systems with potential for replication in the region.

IRRP – Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning

The power sector of a country serves as the focal point to its economic and social development and growth, driving resilience and unlocking opportunities for the prosperity of its citizens.

The Caribbean’s power sector is vulnerable and faces a myriad of threats which compromises the safety, reliability, and affordability of power delivery. These threats are either natural (hurricane, floods, earthquakes), technological (equipment and infrastructural failure, unpredictable loads), or human-caused (accidents, malicious events) and can affect power generation, transmission, distribution.

A sustainable energy supply, requires that energy systems and infrastructure are designed to withstand the projected impact of these threats and most importantly, climate change.

Unfortunately, many Caribbean nations are yet to consider and integrate climate and climate‑related disaster risks, as well as relevant protection measures, into energy sector planning.

In an effort to strengthen the resilience of the Caribbean’s Power Sector, Cli-RES is supporting the implementation of an Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) project.

The IRRP project provides technical assistance and capacity-building to power sector agencies in (4) four Caribbean countries.

Through the Cli-RES supported IRRP project, energy actors (policymakers, planners, and system operators) will be equipped with the capacity and resources to safeguard current power distribution systems and plan for and invest in the improved resilience of the power sector in their countries. Through resilience planning interventions, actors can anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to the threats and potential faults on the power distribution system and devise strategies to mitigate them.

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