INFORMATION AND CAPACITY

TAPSEC’s Information and Capacity initiatives aim to strengthen the Region’s energy information network and the individual, collective and institutional capacity of key stakeholders to deliver technical solutions in the renewable energy and energy efficiency field.

It is envisioned that by 2021, the Information and Capacity Activities, will result in the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) becoming the catalyst for energy information and a capacity development organisation in the region.  Through the work to be undertaken, CCREEE will become a robust regional, energy knowledge management hub, while also advancing the human resource development and upskilling of emerging and experienced Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) practitioners.

  • 15 CARIFORUM countries benefitting from accurate and reliable energy statistics and information repositories, established as part of the regional energy knowledge hub for CARICOM, as well as a national equivalent for the DR

  • 10  CARIFORUM countries for which scenario analyses and energy system models are supporting energy planning and policy implementation, as well as political and investment decision-making

  • 7 “hubs of excellence” for sustainable energy actions and technology within the region that are identified or developed, and strengthened to provide increased quality and quantity of services to key stakeholders

  • 12 CARIFORUM countries that develop and adopt clear mechanisms for improving cooperation and coordination between ministries and institutions with energy and climate mandates

  •  100 persons with energy and climate-related skills, who are trained to assess and report on the local environmental and climate impacts of energy initiatives and programmes, using international standards

  • 8 programmes; 3 certification stds regional programmes and certification standards developed for RE and EE knowledge and skills training

  • 6 initiatives, actions or events held to support information sharing and knowledge exchange on sustainable energy matters for stakeholders within CARIFORUM

  • 12 sustainable energy promotion and awareness building actions completed

  • 15 CARIFORUM countries for which grid assessment and smart grid, including electric vehicle, roadmaps have been supported under the TAPSEC

INFORMATION AND CAPACITY COMPONENT

The institutional strengthening of the CCREE programme is a key aspect of the information and capacity component of the TAPSEC programme. This includes the implementation of the First Operational Phase of the CCREEE including key staff positions, business model development and the establishment of a Project Preparation Facility [PPF] for enhancing RE and EE project development within CARICOM. There will also be the establishment of Regional Thematic Hubs of Excellence for RE and EE within CCREEE Member Countries.

The CARICOM Energy Knowledge Hub (CEKH) will be established to support energy information and knowledge needs among energy stakeholders, including Member States, within CARICOM.The equivalent arrangement in the Dominican Republic will also be supported, with integration aspects applied, where practical.

The Regional Energy Modelling Cluster will be established to serve as a functional network among CARIFORM institutions, to provide energy analytics and decision-support to key energy stakeholders, including energy planners and decision-makers in Member States. Once operationalized, REMC will identify and procure software (models) for adoption, adaption and development as well as develop ICT infrastructure for efficient functioning of the network.

The strengthening of the Institutional and Collective Capacity for Sustainable Energy Regulation will be facilitated by the establishment of a “centre of excellence” (possibly as a CCREEE hub, linked to ECERA) for identification and sharing of best practices and lessons, advisory and other transaction support, and regulator training/certification.

There will be an intensive assessment of the capacity needs for supporting the sustainable energy transition within CARIFORUM. The results of this will serve as the basis for the development of programmatic approach for Academic, Technical Vocational and Secondary training and certification programmes in sustainable energy. This will be implemented via Online Training: development of a Regional Open Online Campus [ROOC] for Sustainable Energy Education and Training within CARIFORUM, including Cuba “Capacity Building Framework for RE and EE Institutional Strengthening for Universities, Colleges, Technical Vocational Institutions and other actors engaged in academic, technical vocational, and secondary training and certification for RE and EE”

Programme for sensitisation, awareness and capacity building among journalists and communications experts within CARIFORUUM

Certification programmes in Energy Management and Energy Auditing, RE and EE Technology Installation and Maintenance with appropriate protocols for training and regional certification will be developed and implemented. Emphasis will be placed on issues related to sustainability and access, such that sufficient number of experts can be trained and certified in a cost-effective way and on a consistent basis, to meet regional needs.

The Promotion of Academia/Industry exchange for sustainable energy, will include visiting fellowships, staff and student exchanges as well as internships. Identification, design and support for graduate research and innovation opportunities, that can address key regional energy transformation issues will be prioritised. Additionally, Applied Research, Development and Innovation projects that target emerging technologies and applications for RE and EE markets within the region, e.g. ocean energy, grid modernisation, etc. will also be developed as part of the Information & Capacity Component of TAPSEC’s Activities.

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