In March, 2020 the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) entered into a cooperation agreement with the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) to assist CARICOM Member States in improving their energy security; building and maintaining robust electricity systems which can withstand, respond and adapt to external shocks; improving system reliability and diversifying their resource mix while at the same time promoting clean economic growth and lessening dependence on imported petroleum fuels.
The agreement was signed within the context of the CCREEE’s support for the development of Integrated Resource and Resilience Plans (IRRPs), which are funded through the Climate Resilient and Sustainable Energy Supply in the Caribbean (Cli-RES) Project. Member states being better positioned to identify and effect necessary changes in their frameworks and, prioritising actions to support enhanced resilience and diversification of their energy systems is the ultimate goal of the partnership.
Specifically, the CIMH will aid the process by executing climate, vulnerability, and hazard assessments, including the development of vulnerability maps for each member state undertaking the IRRP process.
As climate and energy are intricately linked, the CCREEE looks forward to future partnerships with the CIMH and other regional institutions.