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Energy minister discusses energy cooperation with Clinton Climate Initiative officials

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Minister James Fletcher meeting with Ira Magaziner and the team from Clinton Foundation.

GIS – Saint Lucia’s Energy Minister James Fletcher on Tuesday, April 15 met with  Ira Magaziner, chairman of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and other officials of the CCI, to discuss collaboration between the Government of Saint Lucia and CCI on geothermal energy development, wind energy development and other sustainable energy initiatives.

The Clinton Climate Initiative is the organisation established by former US President Bill Clinton to fight climate change around the world and it is headed by Magaziner, who, from 1993 through to 1998, served as senior adviser to President Clinton for policy development at the White House.

The collaboration between the Clinton Climate Initiative and the Government of Saint Lucia was born out of a meeting between Minister Fletcher and Magaziner at a United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Conference held in May 2012. Later that year, the Government of Saint Lucia and the Clinton Foundation signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to cooperate on energy-related matters.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Clinton Climate Initiative agreed to provide high-level support to the Government of Saint Lucia on the development of the geothermal energy facility in Soufriere and on a wind farm development on the east coast of the island.

The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology will also benefit from the tremendous experience and technical expertise of the Clinton Climate Initiative on the retrofitting of street lights to more energy-efficient and longer lasting LED lights.

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  1. I just completed a huge wind farm project in Canada and thought of its potential in St. Lucia. I think its a very positve development once its impact on the environment is minimized. However power rates are on the increase in Ontario where many Wind Farm porjects are built; this may be the result of the investment companies efforts at rapidly recovering the cost of the projects. Hopefully in the long run it will lead to lower power rates on the Island.

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