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Saint Lucia

Official Name:
Saint Lucia
Region:

National Designated Entity

Type of organisation:
Government/Ministry
Name:
Ms. Samanthia Justin
Position:
Chief Technical Officer, Department of Sustainable Development
Phone:
+1 758 468 5832, +1 758 724 7936
Emails:
sajustin@gosl.gov.lc
,
Name:
Ms. Caroline Eugene
Position:
Permanent Secretary, Department of Sustainable Development
Phone:
+1 758 468 5840, +1 758 468 5833, +1 758 724 8937
Emails:
caroline.eugene@gmail.com

Energy profile

Saint Lucia (2012)

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Energy profile
Energy profile
Extent of network

Recent years have seen massive expansion of the 11kV distribution network along the west coast and in the north, and preparations are also under way for the erection of a 66kV transmission line. In connection with the electrification of rural inland areas, the distribution network has been expanded and its carrying capacity increased at numerous points. St. Lucia enjoys a very high electrification level (approx. 98%).

Renewable energy potential

Preliminary studies are showing that the island possesses significant potential for the developments of solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy. Hydropower and waste to energy are also viable options that can be explored. Despite very considerable renewable energy potential, the only renewable resource that is even in marginal use is solar energy for heating water. The actual renewable energy potential of St. Lucia has not yet been fully quantifiedSolar energySt. Lucia receives an almost constant supply of surface solar radiation throughout the year. This, in addition to a fairly high temperature which averages near 28°C, provides an excellent environment for the use of solar energy. As a result, solar energy can be used for both electricity generation and heating. Solar water heating in particular holds much scope for use in both the domestic and hotel sectors. Solar PV potential is estimated at 36 MW of installed capacity, but bulk power development would not be economic based on current estimates.Wind energySt. Lucia lies in the path of north-easterly trade wind belts. These reliable winds create a good wind regime for wind energy exploitation. The best wind sites can be found on the east coast and on the northern and southern tips of the island.Geothermal energyGeothermal energy is a viable alternative for electricity generation due to the island’s volcanic nature. Most of the volcanic activity on the island is concentrated in the south-west part in the town of Soufriere. The fumaroles at the Sulphur Springs are a manifestation of the location of geothermal potential. Geothermal energy could provide a significant and reliable energy source for the country, but it must be developed in a way that is compatible with surrounding land uses such as Piton Management Area World Heritage Site.HydropowerAlthough most of St Lucia’s rivers are quite small, there is some potential for mini hydro power applications, such as can be used in the agricultural industry. Preliminary research has also suggested that the Roseau dam could be used to produce electricity.Biomass energyCharcoal has been used in St. Lucia for fuel but the practice is now declining. Sustainable management of trees for charcoal would have to be undertaken to support any continued use of charcoal. However plant and animal material can be used for energy. For example the waste from pigs can be used in biogas digesters.Waste to energyWaste from the Deglos Sanitary landfill could be converted to an energy source. The capture of landfill gas, if undertaken, would not only produce a fuel source, but would also directly reduce the amount of methane gas escaping from the landfill into the atmosphere contributing to climate change.

Energy framework

In June 2010, the Cabinet of Saint Lucia approved the official National Energy Policy (NEP). The formulation of the NEP started in 2004 through the technical and financial support of the CREDP-GTZ and the OAS EU financed project CSEP in the latter stages.The NEP represents a collaboration of many stakeholders in Saint Lucia led by the Ministry of Physical Development and the Environment with input from LUCELEC and the public at large.Among other things, the policy provides for private participation in generation, encourages the establishment of small scale renewable energy systems and proposes the establishment of an Independent Regulatory Commission for the electricity sector. In addition, Saint Lucia's 1994 Electricity Supply Act is being updated.

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  • Communicating Extreme Weather Event Attribution: Research from Kenya and India

    Type: 
    Publication
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    Objective:

    Climate change attribution analysis assesses the likelihood that a particular extreme weather event has been made more or less likely as a result of anthropogenic climate change. Communication of extreme event attribution information in the immediate aftermath of an extreme event provides a window of opportunity to inform, educate, and affect a change in attitude or behaviour in order to mitigate or prepare for climate change.

  • Hydrological Zoning

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    Publication
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    Sectors:

    Hydrological zoning (or simply zoning) is an approach to divide land into different zones based on their hydrological properties. Typically, each type of zone has different land use and development regulations linked to it. This land and water management method aims to protect local water sources from risks of over-abstraction, land salinization, groundwater pollution and waterlogging by managing land use activities based on the assigned hydrological zones.  For example, zones with a high groundwater table, large amounts of surface water (e.g.

  • Energy Efficiency (Policies and Measures Database)

    Type: 
    Publication
    Objective:

    The Energy Efficiency Policies and Measures database provides information on policies and measures taken or planned to improve energy efficiency. The database further supports the IEA G8 Gleneagles Plan of Action mandate to “share best practice between participating governments”, and the agreement by IEA Energy Ministers in 2009 to promote energy efficiency and close policy gaps.

  • Green Resources & Energy Analysis Tool (GREAT)

    Type: 
    Publication
    Objective:

    The GREAT Tool for Cities is an integrated bottom-up, energy end-use based modelling and accounting tool for tracking energy consumption, production and resource extraction in all economic sectors on a city, provincial or regional level. The model uses the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) software developed by the Stockholm Environmental Institute and includes a national average dataset on energy input parameters for residential, commercial, transport, industry and agriculture end-use sectors.

  • Commercial Building Analysis Tool for Energy-Efficient Retrofits (COMBAT)

    Type: 
    Publication
    Objective:

    The Commercial Building Analysis Tool for Energy-Efficiency Retrofit (COMBAT) is created to facilitate policy makers, facility managers, and building retrofit practitioners to estimate commercial (public) buildings retrofit energy saving, cost and payback period. Common commercial building models area created, and the retrofit measures and their effects are pre-computed by EnergyPlus by taking different building types and measures interactions into account.

  • Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (LEEP-C)

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    Publication
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    The tool provides the opportunity to analyse the impacts of 23 different policy types from 4 energy-using sectors:

    1. public buildings,
    2. commercial buildings,
    3. residential buildings, and
    4. transportation.

    Impacts of policy choices are analysed in terms of energy savings, cost savings, pollution reduction, and other outcomes over a time period set by the user. The tool also allows for assigning the weights to different policy options based on community priorities in order to tailor policy development process to community goals.

  • Institut International de l'Écologie Industrielle et de l'Économie Verte

    Type: 
    Organisation
    Country of registration:
    Switzerland
    Relation to CTCN:
    Network Member

    The Institut International de l'Écologie Industrielle et de l'Économie Verte is an establishment of reflection, research and practice of industrial ecology. The Institute has an engineering division and an expertise cluster, which enables the Institute to identify new technologies linked to industrial ecology and to advise through a specific methodology adapted to local contexts. The project managers work on the practical execution of mandates and on the implementation of the industrial ecology with a particular attention to Switzerland and developing countries.

  • Centro GlobalCAD 3.0 SL

    Type: 
    Organisation
    Country of registration:
    Spain
    Relation to CTCN:
    Network Member

    GlobalCAD is formed by a group of international experts specialized in fields related to human and sustainable development. They provide technical and strategic advice, research and capacity building to international organizations, governments, NGOs and private sector organizations worldwide.