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Jul 8, 2013

Powering the way to energy efficiency

A gradual shift towards reducing domestic and commercial energy consumption was the topic of discussion among consultants and government officials, who converged at the Biltmore this morning.  A team from the Inter-American Development Bank’s Energy Division met with representatives from the Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities to recommend a course of action as it relates to energy efficiency and renewable energy.  The objective, according to Ambrose Tillett, is to develop a database for patterns of energy usage across the country.

 

Ambrose Tillett, Energy Director, Ministry of Energy

Ambrose Tillett

“The forum today is really the start of a process, we call it our kick-off meeting.  This is a technical cooperation which the IDB is providing to the government and people of Belize.  In October of last year we signed a [memorandum of understanding], the government and the bank, to provide support to Belize in three specific areas.  One: the IDB would look at how energy is used, what is the pattern of energy production and consumption for buildings within Belize and to establish some baselines and also to provide recommendations to do some analysis and to provide recommendations as to how we can move buildings to become more energy efficient going forward.  The second area is looking at how we can diversify our energy matrix.  How can we replace or add more renewable energies to our overall energy mix going forward.  And then the third thing is to understand these interventions.  What kind of supporting policy mechanisms, governance, regulations, financing coordination, what are the policy mechanisms you need to put in place in order for this to happen for us to be able to, going forward, get more efficiency in buildings, have more renewable energy as part of our energy mix.  What are the policy interventions that are necessary?  So this is really the start of that process.  The IDB has hired some consultants, the consulting firm is called Castalia and they are starting off today, we are having this kick-off meeting really to bring awareness to what we are doing and also to engage important stakeholders because if we’re going to deal with buildings then we have to deal with a certain group of people.”

 

Present at this morning’s meeting were representatives from the Central Building Authority.

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