An IRRP is a plan for how a country can supply its need for electricity for the foreseeable future. IRRPs are integrated because they consider many different resources to satisfy the need for electric power. These resources include power plants (diesel engines, gas turbines and hydropower plants etc.) and renewable energy sources, like solar farms, wind farms and geothermal power plants. They can also include energy efficiency programmes. The more energy we save, the less we need to produce to meet our needs.
The mix of resources identified by IRRPs must not simply be sufficient to meet our needs, we must aim to select the most favourable mix of resources which meet established criteria, such as keeping consumer costs low. A core element of the IRRP is this process through which we can make an optimum or ideal plan based on all our options and all our constraints.
Lastly, the structure our IRRP outlines must be a resilient one. This means that the entire power system, including power plants, power lines and substations must be able to resist or rapidly recover from natural hazards such as hurricanes, floods and heatwaves.
Remember that IRRPs are guided by countries’ goals, commitments and policies. Input from stakeholders is critical to a successful IRRP that reflects the needs and priorities of society.
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The Caribbean region is endowed with a wide variety of renewable resources from where clean energy can be harnessed but are currently underexploited. Although investment in sustainable energy infrastructure and technologies is growing in the region, the stunted growth will not ensure that the regional and national targets and goals are achieved.