Sustainable Energy Policy Advisor
The Policy Advisor will work as a member of the TAPSEC team and supports the Energy Programme of the CARICOM Secretariat in its efforts to making a shift toward greater utilization of sustainable energy options. The focus of the support is to accelerate implementation of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS). The Policy Advisor will be particularly responsible for and contribute to a successful implementation of the TAPSEC Policy Component, within the CARIFORUM region.
The main activities in the Policy Component are the following:
The implementation of regulatory frameworks that enable renewable energy development and energy efficiency at the national level of the Member States is supported, as best as possible, through a collective, regional approach:
- Support the establishment of a regional implementation and monitoring framework for the implementation of the C-SERMS, based on (and including lessons learnt from) other regions.
- Support the strengthening of regulatory reforms, which have the potential to increase the flexibility of the energy systems to absorb increased levels of renewable power generation, in particular from Independent Power Producers (IPPs), as well as energy efficiency. The Programme will also examine potential opportunities for utilizing existing institutional arrangements to identify and promote best practices, and to enhance competence within the regulatory environment for electricity.
- Facilitate the transition from the traditional utility approach in the region towards an integrated utility services (IUS) approach. This will be done by providing support for the establishment and implementation of new energy services models in member countries, focusing especially on the improvement of business opportunities for electric utilities and energy service providers from the private sector within the “emerging energy paradigm” in which consumers seek to increase their choice in how they source and use energy.
- Support improvements in the institutional effectiveness of the primary institutions responsible for matters related to energy governance and decision‑support within the region. This will extend also to national government departments and agencies responsible for energy, as well as functional non‑state actors, such as chambers of commerce and civil society groups.
- Support the strengthening of the regional quality infrastructure for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and products. This could include the harmonisation of minimum energy performance standards and labels for electrical appliances and public and private buildings; and green building codes in the public, commercial and private sector; and the dissemination, management and enforcement of the universal application of the related technical standards and regulations within the region. Some work related to this is already being supported by CROSQ, INDOCAL and other regional entities, including the CARICOM Secretariat.
- Strengthening the process for standardizing certification for RE and EE skills, to include the provision of support to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), as well as similar institutions in non‑CXC territories within CARIFORUM. In particular, options for mainstreaming the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) Certificate as a regional certification programme for RE and EE, along with the identification and designation of equivalency arrangements in the DR and other non‑CVQ Members of CARIFORUM, will be prioritized.
- Support the introduction and harmonisation of the legislative framework and conducive business environment for promoting sustainable energy use within the transport sector, including the provision of models for advanced vehicle technologies and alternate fuel use for targeted public and private productive sectors.
- Support the implementation and national level adaptation of the policy and legislation requirements for the Regional Energy Efficiency Strategy, including EE laws and regulations, within CARICOM member states, with extension of the lessons and applicable elements to the DR.
Facilitate and communicate energy system modelling for various national and regional scenarios as a policy decision support tool for member states in promoting planning and implementation towards attainment of their energy targets.