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St. Vincent, National Energy Policy, March 2009

St. Vincent, National Energy Policy, March 2009

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National Energy Policy of the Caribbean island state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as approved by Government in March 2009.
National Energy Policy of the Caribbean island state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as approved by Government in March 2009.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)Sustainable Energy for SVG:
The Government's ational Energy Policy
March, 2009
This National Energy Policy has been elaborated with assistance ofthe Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme(CREDP) supported by the German Agency for TechnicalCooperation (GTZ).An Energy Action Plan is currently (August 2009) in the final stage ofdiscussion and was commented within a stakeholder consultation onJuly 31, 2009 (view CSEP on www.sepa-americas.net).For further information please contact the Energy Policy Advisor ofCREDP/GTZ Mr. Detlef Loy, dloy@freenet.de orthe Director of the Energy Unit of SVG, Mr. Leonard Deane,energyunitsvg@gmail.com
 
 National Energy Policy, Approved, Cabinet Memorandum dated 3
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March 2009
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1 Guiding Principles of the National Energy Policy ...................................................................12 Rationale for a National Energy Policy....................................................................................22.1 Global perspective.............................................................................................................32.2 Regional setting.................................................................................................................42.3 Energy Situation in SVG...................................................................................................63 Policies and Goals...................................................................................................................83.1 Planning and Management...............................................................................................103.2 Power Sector...................................................................................................................103.3 Renewable Energy...........................................................................................................113.4 Petroleum Sector.............................................................................................................123.5 Transportation.................................................................................................................143.6 Energy Efficiency ...........................................................................................................15
 
1 Guiding Principles of the National Energy Policy
The Government of SVG recognizes that energy plays a major role in the diversification efforts of the country's economy and in the pursuit of poverty reduction;The following guiding principles have been considered during the preparation of the NationalEnergy Policy for St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG):
 
Guarantee a clean, reliable and affordable energy supply to customers;
 
Strengthen the national economy by reducing the dependence on import of fossil fuels;
 
Stabilize and possibly reduce the energy consumption per capita in the medium and longterm;
 
Reduce the dependence on import of energy through continued and expanded exploitation of indigenous resources and improvement of energy efficiency and/or conservation of energyuse;
 
Liberalize the energy market by encouraging and accommodating private sector  participation in energy development and energy services, thereby enhancingcompetitiveness and engendering lower prices;
 
Take advantage of renewable, local energy resources, wherever this is possible from theaspects of availability (potential), energy demand, technical and social implications,economic feasibility, ecological harmony and sustainability;
 
To always encourage and stimulate the efficient use of all energy resources, keeping in mindthat all types of energy are either scarce or need significant amounts of capital to be tappedor transposed into applicable forms of energy use;
 
In all its decision making with respect to energy services development, the Government willstrongly promote the active participation of the energy sector, the general public, NGOs, etc.
 
In delivering energy services, government will minimise subsidies to consumers and set prices and tariffs in such in way that they timely reflect full cost but taking into accountways to relieve the price burden on the lowest income households;
 
Take advantage of national expertise and know-how as far as possible for the developmentand delivery of energy services. Where importation of resources is required, provideincentives for the use of the most available technology;
 
Ensure that the measures taken in pursuing this energy policy is in line with therequirements and legal implications of the Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME).

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