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Nov 12, 2015

CARICOM Energy Week 2015 Celebrated in Belize

Regionally, the CARICOM Energy Week was launched on Sunday with a walk-a-thon across member states except for Belize. Since Monday, however, a team from the Ministry of Energy has been traveling across the country, visiting with several educational institution making presentations on the local energy sector. For some time now, CARICOM Energy Week has been celebrated sporadically and this year, the Ministry is pledging to make the informative initiative an annual event.  The 2015 energy week is being held under the theme, “Empowering and Sustainable Development.” Today, News Five spoke with Energy Officer Ryan Cobb about the various activities held since the start of the week. 

 

On the Phone: Ryan Cobb, Energy Officer, Ministry of Energy

“We showed documentaries showcasing renewable energies, traditional energies, refined petro-fuels which includes gasoline, diesel and kerosene. On Tuesday, we simultaneously launched energy saving tips with B.E.L.  The same information that B.E.L. provides, we also provide and we are doing so in the form of pamphlets that have both the ministry’s logo and B.E.L.’s logo to assure the public that the message is the same across the private and the public sector. Yesterday, which was Wednesday, we held our energy expo where different companies showcased what their role is in the energy sector. We had companies such as Go-Solar; we had JIICA, the Japanese volunteer association, the energy unit. We had BECOL; we had B.N.E.; the Transport Department and D.F.C.  The reason we had D.F.C. involved was because currently they have a line of credit to support initiatives and projects that deal with renewable energy and energy efficiency. So we wanted to showcase to the general public and the school children that there are opportunities that arise both in the public and private sector and the financing is available to support those initiatives. Currently, everything right now is geared towards sustainable development and our actions at the energy unit is showcased that. One example is the RFP that just took place in the country for the production of electricity. Most of the companies that were streamlined, that were given approval by the PUC, are renewable technology such as biomass, Santander, Green Tropics including hydros. That’s one way we are gearing towards sustainable development.”

 

On Friday, the team travels to the University of Belize’s PG Campus where presentations will also be made there at the institution. 

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