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CUC, OfReg plan major changes for consumers, renewable energy program

CUC, OfReg plan major changes for consumers, renewable energy program | Cayman Compass

Seeking to diffuse peak power demands, the Caribbean Utilities Company will make major changes, starting this month, to its renewable energy program ahead of a report about allocating resources during the next 30 years.

The changes, according to CUC and regulators at the Utilities and Competition Office, will include raising the 9 megawatt cap on the Consumer Owned Renewable Energy program, known as CORE, reducing some payments to program subscribers, expanding the size of private solar arrays – called “distributed energy resources” – and allowing them to connect to the national electricity grid without belonging to CORE.

The company says further changes will follow in January when it announces fresh charges for demand billing customers – temporarily limited to large commercial enterprises.

The changes come as CUC meets steadily rising power demands – reaching a record 105.6 megawatts on Aug. 29, according to its third-quarter report earlier this month – and makes increasing investments to meet them. In July 2016, for example, the utility commissioned two new 18.7 MW diesel generators, costing $85 million, designed to last 25 years.

CUC said it will accompany its new “demand billing” scheme, based on a consumers’ highest use of power in any given month, by efforts to diffuse peak demand and control consumption, reducing pressure on both generation and distribution assets.

(https://www.caymancompass.com/2017/11/20/cuc-ofreg-plan-major-changes-for-consumers-renewable-energy-program/

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First Meeting Between IAEA and Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Takes Place

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November 13, 2017 

Senior representatives of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, visiting the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, with staff from the IAEA Division for Latin America and the Caribbean. (Photo: IAEA)

Senior representatives of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC) visited the IAEA and its laboratories to discuss areas for cooperation with the Agency. The Center, based in Belize, was established in 2002 by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government and officially opened in August 2017. The CCCCC plays an important role in coordinating the Caribbean region’s response to climate change, working on effective solutions to combat the environmental impacts of climate change and global warming through numerous projects and scientific research.  The visit of the CCCCC took place 30 October to 3 November.

The CCCCC delegation, led by CCCCC Executive Director, Kenneth Leslie, included Ulric Trotz, Deputy Executive Director and Science Adviser, Mark Byone, Assistant Executive…

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Caribbean Youth Environment Network Partners with Solar Head of State at COP23 (and Introducing Youth Delegates)

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There is a lot going on at this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change (COP23) in Bonn. Since there is a major focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with the Pacific island of Fiji as this year’s host, it is understandable that Caribbean delegates are working especially hard.  An hour or so ago, the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) held a press briefing on their partnership with Solar Head of State (SHOS) – two non-profits getting together to promote renewable energy in the Caribbean. SHOS’ James Ellsmoor was in Jamaica recently, and as noted below, there are plans to install solar panels at the Office of the Prime Minister in January.

“Renewable energy is an inevitability for the Caribbean, and the question is not if, but when.”

Here is the SHOS press release, followed by profiles of the CYEN delegates at COP23 – a great introduction to the energy…

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