Reform of the Electricity Sector to support Climate Policy in Grenada (G-RESCP)
As of: January 2020
Objective and activities
The aim of the project is to support the island state of Grenada in reaching its ambitious climate policy goals. The national electricity market will be opened up to competition and renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) will be promoted. To achieve this, the Grenadian government will be supported in revising and amending legal principles, starting a dialog process with the main electricity supplier, developing a road map for greater use of RE and EE, and establishing an exchange platform for investors in RE and EE areas. This approach can potentially point the way forward for other regions. Alongside the reduction of direct greenhouse-gas emissions, this project will reduce dependency on oil imports and consequently the burden on the government budget, the population and the private sector. EE measures and 'green marketing' will help strengthen the tourism, agriculture and light industry sectors, and create jobs.
State of implementation/results
- The project has been consulting with the Grenadian government in order to foster a transformation of the electricity sector. The goal is to open the electricity market to renewable energy alternatives.
- A new Electricity Supply Act (ESA) has been passed in 2016, which theoretically enables and opening of the electricity market. The project advises the government in the design of regulations for the act to promote renewable energy.
- A pilot project on biogas plants has been established by means of a development partnership with the German private sector. In addition to the technology transfer, the project aims at strengthening the framework conditions to secure a sustainable roll-out of the technology. So far, six plants have been installed, numerous training have taken place and installation- and maintenance teams have been capacitated. Deutsche Welle produced a TV segment on the pilot project for biogas plants, which G-RESCP implements with German company Ökobit. In St. Vincent, plants have been installed based on the Grenada's model.
- The project has also initiated another innovative pilot project: Turbines installed in the water supply lines, which make use of the difference in altitude in the water grid. The first feasibility studies and cost-benefit analyses for this pilot project have already been conducted.
- The project also supported the government’s activities within the CARICOM Energy Week on raising awareness about energy efficiency and renewable energies among citizens.
- The project supports a radio show, which is on every two weeks on the channel WEE-FM