Barriers to the development of renewable energy technologies in the Caribbean

Richter, Katharina and Blechinger, Philipp. 2014. Barriers to the development of renewable energy technologies in the Caribbean. In: Martina Schäfer; Daniel Kammen; Noara Kebir and Daniel Philipp, eds. Innovating Energy Access for Remote Areas: Discovering Untapped Resources. Proceedings of the International Conference April, 10th to 12th, 2014, University of Berkeley, California. Berlin, Germany: Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin, pp. 93-96. ISBN 9783798326934 [Book Section]

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Despite large amounts of readily available renewable energy (RE), 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-maker, who are then able to prioritize barriers and initiate their removal.

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renewable energy, islands, barriers, Caribbean

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April 2014Submitted
1 June 2014Accepted

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15 Dec 2020 10:46

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