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OECS Supports CARICOM Energy Month – Montserrat first stop for workshops

Friday, December 2, 2016 — In the CARICOM region, November is earmarked as Energy Month to increase awareness on energy consumption and to encourage energy-saving actions. Similar to recent years, the OECS Sustainable Energy Unit contributed actively to the month-long observance.

As a compliment to the many regional activities undertaken in recognition of Energy Month, the OECS Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) commenced a training program in “Zero Investment Energy Management.” The training involved two 2-day courses in Montserrat and Antigua. Workshop attendees came from both the public and private sectors, including representatives from the hotel sectors, architects and building officers.

These workshops began in Montserrat where Judith Ephraim and Roland Schwoerer, head and program officer respectively of the Head Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) conducted a two-day workshop on November 8 and 9, last, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.

Minister of Communications and Works, Paul Lewis who opened the workshop said later, “…they were very interactive, and indeed what was good as well is that we had a site visit, we have done some audit of my office,” referring to a field trip conducted on his relatively new Ministry Building in Brades. 

The Energy Minister Paul Lewis, spent the first day with a core group of persons from different government ministries and departments, and few private sector invitees who attended the workshop.

According to the OECS commission, participants at the Energy Management Training received information on international best practices, proven management and monitoring techniques, in addition to practical training to introduce and maintain a simple but effective energy management programme. Experience and lessons learnt were shared from the OECS Commission’s successful energy management at its buildings in St. Lucia. The programme received financial sponsorship from the GIZ -REETA “Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP),”  and to date the Commission has realised electricity savings of around 15% in the first year with no investment in equipment or retrofits (42,000 kWh = Approx. EC$ 35,000 in savings.)

This was imparted to the participants in Montserrat and at the end Mrs. Ephraim, who confirmed that “the training was designed for Montserrat and other sub regional states,” told the press: “I must say here in Montserrat, I would say that we have had two successful days, persons have been very keen when we look at the range of a person’s represented at this meeting the level of interest the questions that were asked. We’re beginning to look and see what is feasible for us, what can work within government, what measures can we put in place and what are the strategies to ensure that this information that has been passed on to them can you know be put into practice and rely some savings for them.”

An important part of this Zero Investment Energy Management Training was the provision of various software tools and informative media that will provide continued support to participants who want to introduce an energy management programme in their buildings. 

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Friday, December 2, 2016 — In the CARICOM region, November is earmarked as Energy Month to increase awareness on energy consumption and to encourage energy-saving actions. Similar to recent years, the OECS Sustainable Energy Unit contributed actively to the month-long observance.

As a compliment to the many regional activities undertaken in recognition of Energy Month, the OECS Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) commenced a training program in “Zero Investment Energy Management.” The training involved two 2-day courses in Montserrat and Antigua. Workshop attendees came from both the public and private sectors, including representatives from the hotel sectors, architects and building officers.

These workshops began in Montserrat where Judith Ephraim and Roland Schwoerer, head and program officer respectively of the Head Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) conducted a two-day workshop on November 8 and 9, last, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.

Minister of Communications and Works, Paul Lewis who opened the workshop said later, “…they were very interactive, and indeed what was good as well is that we had a site visit, we have done some audit of my office,” referring to a field trip conducted on his relatively new Ministry Building in Brades. 

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The Energy Minister Paul Lewis, spent the first day with a core group of persons from different government ministries and departments, and few private sector invitees who attended the workshop.

According to the OECS commission, participants at the Energy Management Training received information on international best practices, proven management and monitoring techniques, in addition to practical training to introduce and maintain a simple but effective energy management programme. Experience and lessons learnt were shared from the OECS Commission’s successful energy management at its buildings in St. Lucia. The programme received financial sponsorship from the GIZ -REETA “Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP),”  and to date the Commission has realised electricity savings of around 15% in the first year with no investment in equipment or retrofits (42,000 kWh = Approx. EC$ 35,000 in savings.)

This was imparted to the participants in Montserrat and at the end Mrs. Ephraim, who confirmed that “the training was designed for Montserrat and other sub regional states,” told the press: “I must say here in Montserrat, I would say that we have had two successful days, persons have been very keen when we look at the range of a person’s represented at this meeting the level of interest the questions that were asked. We’re beginning to look and see what is feasible for us, what can work within government, what measures can we put in place and what are the strategies to ensure that this information that has been passed on to them can you know be put into practice and rely some savings for them.”

An important part of this Zero Investment Energy Management Training was the provision of various software tools and informative media that will provide continued support to participants who want to introduce an energy management programme in their buildings.