News received via e-mail from the Anguilla Renewable Energy Office: Anguilla has received funding from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network to support legislative changes that will faciliate and encourage the local adoption of renewable energy.
More information is provided in a recent press release from the office of the Minister responsible for Energy:
Fellow Anguillians, as Minister with responsibility for electricity I am pleased to announce that the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) – a UK based development funding agency – has agreed to fund a consultancy to recommend amendments to Anguilla’s electricity legislation to allow for integration of Renewable Energy technologies into Anguilla’s electricity profile.
CDKN has contracted with CASTALIA Strategic Advisors, a company operating out of Washing DC, USA, with vast experience in Renewables, to undertake the project. The project will commence on the 6th February 2012 with the first visit of the contractors on island beginning 13th February. Project duration is anticipated to be between 7 to 10 months.
You will recall in my previous Press Release I stated the Government of Anguilla was seeking to partner with CDKN to begin work on a Renewable Energy initiative whereby CDKN, through a third party contractor, would assist the Government with reforming the legislative framework for developing and introducing Renewable Energy in Anguilla’s electricity and energy sector.
Specifically, the work of CDKN would involve making recommendations for legislative changes to allow for the integration of Renewables into Anguilla’s energy profile.
Over the last five years, Anguilla has made significant strides to try to transform its energy sector into a more sustainable and environmentally friendly industry, in particular, developing a National Energy Policy and a draft Climate Change Policy. Technological advancements and innovations in renewable energy technology along with the high and volatile cost of fossil fuels have created a situation where our dependency on fossil fuels is no longer economically viable, and also, where we can now seek to cost-effectively implement Renewable Energy systems.
A big tip of the hat to Beth Barry and all at the Anguilla Renewable Energy Office for keeping us informed and for working to promote sustainable energy developments in Anguilla.