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Supporting low-emission energy industries to achieve climate targets in the Dominican Republic

As of: January 2022

In the Dominican Republic, energy production is currently based on fossil resources – and it accounts for one third of the national greenhouse gas emissions. The project supports the country in transforming its energy sector. Political, institutional and regulatory reforms help to increase the proportion of renewable energies used for energy generation and efficiency. Approval procedures are accelerated and financing mechanisms developed to encourage investment in renewable energies. The preparation of nationally appropriate mitigation actions and the implementation of the nationally determined contribution in the energy sector are also supported, including reliable measuring, reporting and verification mechanisms for monitoring purposes. This contributes to the upscaling of the ambition to achieve climate targets in the long term. A pilot project for sustainable energy supply with innovative operator and financing structures (e.g. cooperatives) will be implemented in rural areas.
Predecessor project(s)
Designing and Communicating Low Carbon Energy Roadmaps for Small Island States of the Caribbean

State of implementation/results

  • The project website provides information about the project (see link in the project box).
  • Information about the project is also provided on Facebook and Twitter (Transición Energética RD).
  • Renewable energy production has almost tripled since the start of the project in 2018. In 2020, almost 9% of electricity production already came from renewable energies, of which 6.1% from wind energy, 1.63% from photovoltaic systems and 0.9% from biomass origin.
  • The project has already carried out technical studies, training and awareness-raising measures, and introduced a forecasting system (power forecasts) for the generation of electricity from the sun and wind. This has proven that renewable energies can be produced and fed into the grid cheaply and reliably.
  • The first successes of the project have convinced the local government of the importance of renewable energies (RE), thus they have committed themselves to their development. Likewise, the Dominican private sector, which previously operated only conventional power plants, is now increasingly focusing on renewable energy projects.
  • The Dominican Republic's 2018-2020 Renewable Energy Development Plan mentions support from the Energy Transition Project and the GIZ in two out of 13 points.
  • The project organized an educational trip on decentralized energy supply at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in April 2019 in the USA.
  • The project organized a congress on the subjects energy transition and climate change in May 2019 in Santo Domingo.
  • The new forecasting system for solar and wind power feed-in has enabled more variable renewables to be fed in and fossil fuels to be saved, leading to increased confidence in the sector and the government.

Project data

Dominican Republic

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Energy and Mines - Dominican Republic

Implementing partner(s):
  • Asociación para el Fomento de las Energías Renovables (Asofer)
  • Dominican Association of Industry and Energy (ADIE) - Dominican Republic
  • Dominican Corporation of State Electrical Companies (CDEEE) -
  • National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism - Dominican Republic
  • National Energy Commission (CNE) - Dominican Republic
  • Superintendencia de Electricidad de la República Dominicana (SIE)
  • Worldwatch Institute

BMU grant:
4.800.000,00 €

07/2017  till  06/2022



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