The foundation of any meaningful change within the areas of Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) must begin with the restructuring of the policies and frameworks within which the current system operates. The Policy Component of the TAPSEC aims to facilitate the modernisation and implementation of policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks to support the development of Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) within the region. Key activities include supporting the transition towards an integrated utility services approach; developing a sub-policy, strategy and action plan for Energy Efficiency; and improving institutional effectiveness of the regional quality infrastructure for RE and EE technologies and products.
TAPSEC’s policy interventions, by 2021, will have supported the upgrade and modernisation of the regional policy, legislative and regulatory environment that will enable Renewable Energy development and Energy Efficiency at the national level of the member states. These interventions will manifest through a collective regional approach of engagement and partnership with key regional organisations, institutions and agencies with energy policy and regulatory mandates as well as national agencies. These national agencies include government ministries, regulatory agencies and electric utilities across the CARICOM Member States. TAPSEC’s emphasis on policy reflects the understanding of its visionaries that these systems play a critical role in ensuring that all future RE and EE projects and initiatives will have a greater success rate and, therefore, should not be overlooked.