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National Energy Information System being developed

As Belize embraces sustainable development methods moving forward, it is imperative to know how to use different energy sources that are at our disposal to get the optimum use. Equally important is to minimize the negative effects on the environment. In this regard, the Ministry of Public Service, Energy & Public Utilities in collaboration with Latin American Organization of Energy, OLADE, is hosting a workshop to assess what types of energies are available in Belize. Love news spoke with Ryan Cobb, Acting Energy Director for the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities who said that the information will be compiled into a National Energy Information System.

Ryan Cobb Acting Energy Director Ministry of Public Service Energy and Public Utilities: “The purpose of it is so that we can consolidate all of the reporting in one system so we will be reporting not just for energy purposes but we will also be reporting for greenhouse gas emission purposes. For any type of environmental purposes and ultimately what this data will be used for is to improve efficiencies and for energy planning and policy making. Currently we have an energy policy which entails all of the Caribbean. All of CARICOM and that policy is made through the different energy data that is available through the different countries so the setting of the goals, the setting of targets; that’s all coming from the energy data itself.

Devon Gardner, the Head of the CARICOM Energy Unit, told Love news that the information will be used to make pertinent decisions as it relates to maximizing the use of energy.

Devon Gardener Head of CARICOM Energy Unit, CARICOM: “Framework Energy is one of the areas on which we cooperate and we place a very high value on high quality information going into the energy planning process because of course if you don’t have the right quality and quantity of information to guide and support the decision making that countries are making, it means that maybe there may be missteps or mistakes in the plans and in the decisions that are taken. We try to of course reduce the risk of that happening and the level of analytics and the level of intelligence that goes into that process so we are supporting all our members states and Belize is one of them. In that regard we are trying to generate across the region a very robust arrangement through which energy knowledge can be managed and with the countries who are now involved with this project.”

OLADE is being financed by the World Bank.