Among the islands of the Caribbean, Aruba stands as an example with its commitment to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. Plans include building new solar and wind farms, converting waste to energy, and working to increase energy efficiency. New strategies for efficiency are being developed to combat the high cost of energy, ironic for a region that has access to so many renewable sources. One particular example calls attention to Aruba’s utility company which is working on a plan to provide air conditioning using ice that is produced at night when electricity costs are lower. Justin Locke, director of the island energy program at the Carbon War Room (CWR), says that “Islands provide an incredible blueprint, for what a renewable economy could look like… because they are actually moving in that direction now.
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