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  1. The implementation of regulatory frameworks that enable renewable energy development and energy efficiency at the national level of the Member States is supported, as best as possible, through a collective, regional approach:
    1. Support the establishment of a regional implementation and monitoring framework for the implementation of the C-SERMS, based on (and including lessons learnt from) other regions.
    2. Support the strengthening of regulatory reforms, which have the potential to increase the flexibility of the energy systems to absorb increased levels of renewable power generation, in particular from Independent Power Producers (IPPs), as well as energy efficiency. The Programme will also examine potential opportunities for utilizing the Eastern Caribbean Regulatory Authority (ECERA) as a supporting institution for improving best practice and competence within the regulatory environment for electricity. This could potentially extend existing and new ECERA services to other (non-OECS) CARIFORUM countries.
    3. Facilitate the transition from the traditional utility approach in the region towards an integrated utility services (IUS) approach. This will be done by providing support for the establishment and implementation of new energy services models in member countries, focusing especially on the improvement of business opportunities for electric utilities and energy service providers from the private sector within the “emerging energy paradigm” in which consumers seek to increase their choice in how they source and use energy.
    4. Support improvements in the institutional effectiveness of the primary institutions responsible for energy matters in the region – this will include CARICOM Secretariat, CCREEE, etc. This will extend also to national government departments and agencies responsible for energy, as well as functional non-state actors, such as chambers of commerce and civil society groups. In particular, the creation of a sustainable and effective project management capability within the newly established CCREEE is important.
    5. Support the strengthening of the regional quality infrastructure for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and products. This could include the harmonization of minimum energy performance standards and labels for electrical appliances and public and private buildings; and green building codes in the public, commercial and private sector; and the dissemination, management and enforcement of the universal application of the related technical standards and regulations within the region. Some work related to this is already being supported by CROSQ, INDOCAL and other regional entities, including the CARICOM Secretariat.
    6. Strengthening the certification process for RE and EE skills to include the provision of support to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), as well as similar institutions in non-CXC territories within CARIFORUM. In particular, options for mainstreaming the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) Certificate as a regional certification programme for RE and EE, along with the identification and designation of equivalency arrangements in the DR and other non-CVQ Members of CARIFORUM, will be prioritized.
    7. Support the introduction and harmonization of the legislative framework and conducive business environment for promoting sustainable energy use within the transport sector, including the provision of models for advanced vehicle technologies and alternate fuel use for targeted public and private productive sectors.
    8. Support the implementation and national level adaptation of the Regional Energy Efficiency Strategy within CARICOM member states, with extension of the lessons and applicable elements to the DR.
    9. Facilitate and communicate energy system modelling for various national and regional scenarios as a policy decision support tool for member states in promoting planning and implementation towards attainment of their energy targets. This could be outsourced to specialized public and private institutions, including universities, within the region.

Information and Capacity-building

    1. The region’s energy information network is improved and the technical capacity among key players (e.g. project owners and developers, financiers, engineers and technicians, policymakers, and planners) within the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector is strengthened:
      1. Strengthen CCREEE to become a regional energy knowledge management hub for CARICOM, with the following sub-activities:
        1. Collection, compilation, and dissemination of RE and EE data and statistics at national and CARICOM level, in cooperation with, and through a strengthening of, existing information systems. As much as possible, and when meaningful, these data and statistics will be disaggregated and potential lessons learned from other regions will be utilized; the CCREEE explore opportunities to establish CARIFORUM-wide harmonization on data and statistics collection methodology and management, as well as establish information sharing protocols with the DR.
        2. Support studies and other knowledge generation activities within the region, to include RE and EE feasibility assessments and technology evaluation.
    • Contribute to the upgrading and international linkages of existing technology centers in the CARICOM region, to serve as centers of excellence (Hubs) in relevant and appropriate thematic areas. This could include knowledge centers on interesting technologies and solutions, including electric vehicle-to-grid integration, smart grid systems, biogas from organic waste, geothermal and marine energy technologies, and would make use of available information and technical solutions that are based on international best practices.
    1. Support the C-SERMS Platform in its operations regarding the planning and evaluation of the C-SERMS implementation, to include activities and tasks related to the periodic Monitoring and Reporting of regional and national status as it regards attainment of the respective RE and EE objectives and targets, at regional and national levels. The expectation is that the CCREEE will share the experiences and lessons gleaned from the CARICOM-region with the DR and seek to promote the adoption of the successful practices at national level.
    1. Contribute to the building of public awareness on renewable energy and, in particular, energy efficiency, to include the initiation and facilitation of awareness campaigns and activities.
    2. Support regular regional and international exchange on specific solutions with respect to innovative technologies, financing models and regulatory mechanisms.
    3. Increase the exposure of tertiary level personnel and students within the region in the fields of RE and EE through such programmes as internships and other knowledge exchange arrangements.
    4. Support and strengthen training for RE and EE practitioners in the CARIFORUM region, including utilization of available vocational training opportunities.
    5. Support and strengthen the integration of existing energy personnel, especially utility operators and managers, within the sustainable energy sector through skills upgrade training, communities of practice, etc.
    6. Support regular CARIFORUM regional and international exchange on specific solutions, focusing particularly on issues related to the application of innovative technologies, financing models and regulatory mechanisms to the RE and EE sector within CARIFORUM.
    7. Develop (or strengthen where necessary) a collective regional capacity, on demand, to provide specific support to CARIFORUM regional and national institutions with RE and EE mandates.
    8. Support, as far as possible, the re-tooling of existing practitioners to enable their increased participation in the regional transition towards sustainable energy systems.


  1. Innovative financing mechanisms for renewable energy projects and businesses are identified and their accessibility for local and regional RE and EE project developers is supported:
    1. Develop a regional strategy and mechanisms to promote financing of small and medium-scale renewable energy enterprises, utilising the available and emerging modalities that are provided by CCREEE and C-SERMS Platform; Caribbean Development Fund (CDF); Caribbean Development Bank (CDB); and other actors in the CARIFORUM region such as national development and commercial banks, alternate financing sources including credit unions, diaspora, and other fitting and appropriate options (including those within the Dominican Republic).
    2. Promote innovative financing models for RE and EE projects among key implementation stakeholders within the CARIFORUM region.
    3. Build the capability of regional and national institutions, in particular the CCREEE, and promote their ability to provide independent short-term expertise, on demand, for technical studies for all kinds of RE/EE technologies, including solar, wind, biomass/biogas, geothermal, marine energy and other region-appropriate options. This could extend to, inter alia: i) sustainable mobility initiatives based on advanced vehicle technology and renewable energy sources; ii) grid integration and mini-grids; iii) advanced energy efficiency solutions (e.g. smart buildings and control systems); and iv) interconnection solutions between different islands.
    4. Facilitate transaction cost reductions for potentially transformative RE and EE projects, through the use of concept proofs, technology transfer, business to business exchanges, etc.

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