Government of Saint Lucia continues efforts to develop energy sector

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Government of Saint Lucia continues efforts to develop energy sector

UD-MichiganSolar-08-06-2014_1GIS – Minister for Sustainable Development, Sen. Hon. Dr. James Fletcher said Thursday, that the government is determined to transform Saint Lucia’s energy sector.

“We want to become less dependent on imported oil sources from volatile international markets and more reliant on local, renewable sources with lower input costs. This cannot and will not be at the expense of a stable reliable and safe domestic grid.”

The minister’s comments were made during a joint signing ceremony with the Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC), for a National Energy Transition Strategy.

LUCELEC Managing Director Trevor Louisy expressed his commitment to providing reliable energy.

“The plan will determine how to best integrate the optimum mix of renewable energies into the national energy grid, at the least cost, without compromising the stability and reliability that we’re accustomed to. It will determine what improvements need to be made to the electricity infrastructure (transmission and distribution systems) on the island, and how best to ensure that LUCELEC remains viable, given that the electricity system underpins the Saint Lucia’s economy.”

Rocky Mountain Institute and the Carbon War Room will assist in the development of the Integrated Resource Plan for energy transition.

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