Barriers and Solutions to the Development of Renewable Energy Technologies in the Caribbean

Blechinger, Philipp; Richter, Katharina and Renn, Ortwin. 2015. Barriers and Solutions to the Development of Renewable Energy Technologies in the Caribbean. In: Sebastian Groh; Jonas van der Straeten; Brian Edlefsen Lasch; Dimitry Gershenson; Walter Leal Filho and Daniel M. Kammen, eds. Decentralized Solutions for Developing Economies: Addressing Energy Poverty Through Innovation. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 267-284. ISBN 9783319159638 [Book Section]

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Despite large amounts of readily available renewable energy, most island states in the Caribbean are still heavily dependent on mostly imported fossil fuels for their energy production. Making use of empirical analyses, this paper explores the barriers to the development of RE for power generation in the Caribbean, and outlines a strategy of how to overcome these barriers. Semi-structured interviews with three “super-experts” serve to supplement the findings of a preceding literature review. Approximately 30 experts are consulted to confirm and rank the identified barriers to RE according to their importance. The end-product of this study is a ranking matrix that will serve as a strategy instrument for decision-makers, who are then able to prioritise barriers and initiate their removal.

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renewable energy, Caribbean island states, policy, barriers

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April 2014Submitted
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16 Dec 2020 11:39

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