CCREEE IRRP Workshop Series: Data Collection and Climate Vulnerability Modelling

The Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) is mandated to help several CARICOM member States develop and implement their respective integrated resource and resilience plans (IRRPs). IRRPs are particularly important to the region’s renewable energy development because they consider many varied sources of power to fulfil local energy demand. Thus, making this the preferred method for energy sector development in the region. 

The CCREEE has undertaken a series of workshops and courses to build the capacity of energy actors within the region. With financial support from the US National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the workshop series continued with a session on data collection on March 4th

The session featured presentations made by a team of specialists from NREL, Research Engineer, Mr. James Elsworth, Senior Researcher, Ms. Gail Mosey, Distributed Systems and Storage Analyst, Mr. Nate Blair, Systems Engineer, Mr. Sertaç Akar. Senior Vice President of the ICF, a global advisory service provider, Ms. Juanita Haydel, also shared her experience doing IRRP development work in Ghana and Tanzania. 

A full recording of the workshop can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/IRRPData. The full presentation can be found here: http://bit.ly/PDFDataIRRP.  

The CCREEE followed up the Data Collection workshop with an IRRP Climate Vulnerability Modelling capacity building session, held on March 9th. With training support from the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), the CCREEE hosted an interactive, three-hour course to help stakeholders learn what climate risks to look out for and how to mitigate those risks. 

The course featured presentations from Mr. Shawn A. Boyce, Chief Hydrologist at the CIMH, Dr. Mason Fried, Managing Consultant and Climate Scientist at the ICF, and a joint presentation from NREL’s Senior Research Engineer and Researcher. The full presentation can be found here:  http://bit.ly/PDFVulnerabilityIRRP. A full recording of the course can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/ModellingIRRP

USAID Project Management Specialist, Mr. Erick Conde said that the Agency looks forward to continued collaboration with CCREEE to meet the region’s renewable energy goals. 

The capacity building sessions fall within the CCREEE IRRP Programme, supported by the Climate Resilient and Sustainable Energy Supply (Cli-RES) project. Cli-Res is jointly funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat. 

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