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Turks and Caicos takes first steps towards clean energy

A new partnership with FortisTCI and the Clinton Foundation will help the Caribbean territory advance a regulatory framework, utility-scale energy storage, electric vehicles and energy efficiency. 

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The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with FortisTCI, the island’s utility provider, and the Clinton Foundation to begin implementing initiatives outlined in the country’s Resilient National Energy Transition Strategy (R-NETS).

 

The R-NETS strategy developed by the government, FortisTCI and the Rocky Mountain Institute, provides a roadmap for the country’s energy future for the next 22 years (2019–2040) and reduces the island’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.

 

The partnership aims to advance the adoption of renewable energy in a number of ways:

  • Building a regulatory framework
  • Support for permitting and planning of renewable energy projects
  • Assessment of resources, including wind resources, utility-scale energy storage capabilities and land assessment of project sites using GIS tools
  • Implementation of renewable energy technical skills analysis
  • Integration of electric vehicles
  • Promotion of energy efficiency

 

Collaborative commitment to clean energy

 

The Honorable Goldray Ewing, minister of home affairs, public utilities and transportation said, “TCIG is committed to developing a clean energy future for the Turks and Caicos Islands that will decrease the islands’ reliance on imported fossil fuel, reduce the cost of electricity for households and businesses, and demonstrate the country’s willingness to play a lead role in efforts to combat climate change. This agreement represents the first step towards that goal.”

 

Eddinton Powell, FortisTCI president, and chief executive officer, commented: "The transformation of the energy sector in the Turks and Caicos Islands is taking shape, and the continued collaborative approach is critical to our success in transforming to the new energy future. By working together to advance sustainable and resilient energy projects in the TCI, we can meet the objectives established in the R-NETS. These objectives bring value and benefits to all stakeholders.”

 

Alexis Tubb, senior project manager, Clinton Climate Initiative said, “The global community is looking to the greater Caribbean region to be first responders and champions for the fight against climate change. Replicable, scalable projects have the potential to show the world that renewable energy is affordable, economically sound, and environmentally sustainable. To make those projects possible, everyone needs to come to the table – the public, private, and non-profit sector. This MOU symbolizes that in Turks and Caicos all parties have come to that proverbial table and shown their commitment to accelerate clean energy.”

 

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