Trinidad and Tobago is serious about Renewable Energy. That was the message delivered by the Hon. Nicole Olivierre, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, at the launch of CARICOM Energy Week at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) Point Lisas Campus on 9th November 2015. The Minister gave the feature address at the launch of this country’s observance, which was hosted by the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries in conjunction with the NGC Group of Companies – The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited, National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited, Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited and NGC CNG Company Limited. Similar events were hosted in other CARICOM countries.
In keeping with the theme “Empowering our Sustainable Development”, the minister’s address outlined a number of the Government’s plans to see Trinidad and Tobago taking a leading role in the advancement of renewable energy technology in the region. Speaking about the low energy prices currently being experienced, she stated, “These challenges have been providing opportunities for all Caribbean states to introduce measures to conserve energy, utilize energy more efficiently and to harness, develop and utilize the region’s renewable energy resources.”
Minister Olivierre informed the audience, which consisted mainly of Form 3 students, about the renewable energy utilization rate being targeted, stating, “The Government has declared its policy goal to maximize, where practicable, the use of renewable energy (such as solar and wind) through incentives, con cessions and enabling legislation and make the reduction of Trinidad and Tobago’s carbon footprint a priority by setting appropriate renewable energy production targets. Accordingly, consideration is being given to the achievement of at least 10% local electricity generation from renewable energy by 2021.”
One of the highpoints of the week was the commissioning of two (2) 5 KW-Pitch-controlled wind turbines at the UTT Point Lisas Campus. These will be used for research into Trinidad and Tobago’s ability to harness wind resources as a source of energy. The Minister congratulated UTT on the initiative and emphasized the importance of education and awareness in promotion of the renewable energy and energy efficiency agenda.
Students from across Trinidad and Tobago attended the event in which they were provided with information about the energy industry and energy efficient practices. During the three (3)-day event, they were taken on tours of the Point Lisas Industrial Estate as well as the recently commissioned, fully powered solar house. They also had the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from the Ministry of Education, UTT and the NGC Group of Companies as they visited the booth hosted by the NGC Group.
National Energy is pleased to be associated with renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives and will continue to work with all stakeholders to promote sustainable energy in Trinidad and Tobago.