Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley believes Trinidad and Tobago can learn from the experience of Chile in the area of energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy.
He said such a collaboration would be timely as this country is currently considering developing its first Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action, which will involve addressing emissions in the electricity generation sub-sector.
Rowley was addressing a breakfast seminar with the Chilean energy sector, held yesterday at the Federation of Industry in Santiago, Chile.
“Trinidad and Tobago, as a gas-based economy, is in the fledgling stage of development of its renewable energy resources. By contrast, Chile has seen huge growth in renewable energy, including wind, solar and mini hydro energy in recent years and in accordance with that country’s Energy Policy, it is anticipated that renewable energy will contribute at least 70 per cent of electricity generation by 2050,” he said.
“In the area of energy efficiency and conservation, Chile is renowned as being a very energy-efficient country. Accordingly, there is opportunity for Trinidad and Tobago to learn from the experience of Chile in this area, as well as in the area of renewable energy,” Rowley noted.