Low Carbon Communities of the Americas

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"In support of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has launched a program to assist countries in the Latin American region with sustainable energy market transformation initiatives.[1]

Current Initiatives:

- Caribbean Region – RE Assessment and EE Training

In support of several Caribbean governments and the Organization of American States (OAS), EERE will assist with local training initiatives and technical pro–grams that show how to conduct energy efficiency audits and retrofits. EERE will also be involved with initiatives to strengthen communities’ capacity to review and evaluate resource assessments related to indigenous renewable natural resources. This project will engage St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, The Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Partners include the CARICOM Secretariat, the Caribbean Electric Utilities Association (CARILEC), and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).


-  Colombia – Pyrolysis Project

EERE is providing assistance to Colombia with the development of a techno-economic plan for pyrolysis of the agro-industrial residue biomass, which will help mitigate climate change in Colombia. Partners include the Oil Palm Research Center (CENIPALMA), Sugarcane Research Center (CENICAÑA), and Colombian Petroleum Institute (ECOPETROL-ICP).


- Costa Rica – Energy Efficiency Center

The government of Costa Rica and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are creating an Energy Efficiency Center in Costa Rica. EERE will provide technical assistance and help create training programs and training materials to run two initial energy efficiency auditor courses. Partners include the Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE) and the University of Costa Rica (UCR).

- Dominica – Small Wind

EERE is assisting Dominica in assessing the viability of smaller, distributed wind generation as an alternative to traditional, megawatt-class, utility-scale turbines. Efforts will take into consideration available technologies, economics, and construc–tability to identify and model appropriate turbine technologies under 250 kilowatts. Partners include Dominica Electricity Services, Ltd (DOMLEC).


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Climate Initiatives