"On behalf of the Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs, GORTT, I wish to sincerely thank you for affording us the opportunity to access the consultancy services of Mr. Wilson Rickerson for the just concluded 41st Special COTED (Energy) in Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Rickerson's participation in the CSERMs workshop was invaluable and he was able to add an experienced outlook on the feed-in tariffs mechanisms from across the world to aid the regional strategies currently under consideration." – Randy Ramadhar Singh, Advisor to the Minister on Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs, Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
The Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs (MEEA), Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, requested an expert to advise the Minister and his staff on sustainable energy matters during the 41st Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) proceedings. The request focused on three areas: the interaction between feed-in tariffs and net billing, the adoption of regional and national sustainable energy targets, and proposed plans for transmission interconnection between member states.
In response to the request, a Solutions Center expert provided on-call assistance to the MEEA staff during the conference and attended the closed ministerial meeting. During the meeting, CARICOM member states ratified the draft Energy Policy and adopted recommendations to set regional and national sustainable energy targets, and explore net billing policies. The support provided through the Solutions Center’s Ask an Expert service helped inform the drafting of the Energy Policy and supported the decision of Trinidad and Tobago to ratify the Policy during COTED. The Energy Policy will now be brought to the Cabinets of each member state for consideration.