As COVID-19 continues to impact economies across the region, the need for innovative solutions and professional capacity-building has never been greater.
Against this backdrop, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Organization of American States (OAS) and New Energy Events launched a bespoke training solution that enabled senior Caribbean energy sector stakeholders to learn and meet challenges, regardless of ongoing difficulties surrounding travel and in-person events.
As neighbors, the United States and the Caribbean share the same vulnerabilities to natural disasters and extreme weather events, and we share an interest in working together to build resilience in our communities. For these reasons, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. government is committed to working closely with the region to share best practices in energy planning and resilience.
When it comes to energy resilience, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for reducing vulnerabilities. From hurricanes to cyber-security, building resilience into our energy planning and infrastructure is key for strengthening our energy security, economic prosperity, and minimizing the length and impact of potential outages.
The U.S. Department of Energy supports innovative research and development through our 17 world-class National Laboratories. These laboratories are developing solutions and cutting-edge technologies to make the grid more reliable and resilient. Through this training series, we will showcase tools and innovations developed by the National Laboratories under DOE’s Energy Transitions Initiative that can be leveraged by our Caribbean partners to ensure the regions’ energy resilience.
The OAS brings together the countries of the Western Hemisphere to strengthen cooperation and advance common interests in democracy, human rights, hemispheric security, and development. The OAS has forged a strong relationship in the Caribbean through its work in sustainable economic, social and human development, education, and employment. Through ECPA, the OAS enables technical cooperation in critical energy security issues.
New Energy is a leading provider of clean energy events and news focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. New Energy has diversified its offering to provide a dedicated training series leveraging a decade of experience in agenda creation, intelligence gathering, programming development and matchmaking. Each one-day seminar, held once a quarter, will equip participants with the tools necessary to build expertise, competence, and confidence.