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Renewable energy development in Trinidad and Tobago: Exploring scenarios for the deployment of solar photovoltaic systems

Manickchand, Neisha LU (2011) In IIIEE Master thesis IMEN56 20111
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
Countries around the world are employing renewable energy policies to increase renewable electricity in their electricity mix. Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), located in the Caribbean, has endogenous sources of oil and natural gas and has not yet capitalised on sources of renewable energy. The country‟s electricity is currently dominantly generated from natural gas however the natural gas reserves are expected to last 10 years. T&T is in the process of formulating a renewable energy policy but it currently lacks academic research on local renewable energy policy aspects and this thesis seeks to provide insight into policies to assist the deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in T&T. Solar PV technologies are declining in cost and are... (More)
Countries around the world are employing renewable energy policies to increase renewable electricity in their electricity mix. Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), located in the Caribbean, has endogenous sources of oil and natural gas and has not yet capitalised on sources of renewable energy. The country‟s electricity is currently dominantly generated from natural gas however the natural gas reserves are expected to last 10 years. T&T is in the process of formulating a renewable energy policy but it currently lacks academic research on local renewable energy policy aspects and this thesis seeks to provide insight into policies to assist the deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in T&T. Solar PV technologies are declining in cost and are becoming more affordable thereby increasing the potential to make them competitive in the foreseeable future. The feed-in tariff (FIT) policy is one scheme used to encourage renewable electricity production and Trinidad and Tobago is considering applying the FIT policy to encourage renewable electricity generation. Other policies such as capacity building and the removal of energy subsidies can also be used to promote PV deployment in T&T. Three scenarios are constructed using these policies to explore possible pathways for PV deployment in T&T. These scenarios can be reviewed by policy makers when devising strategies to deploy photovoltaic systems in T&T. (Less)
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author
Manickchand, Neisha LU
supervisor
organization
course
IMEN56 20111
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
Renewable Energy, Solar Photovoltaic, Scenarios, Trinidad & Tobago
publication/series
IIIEE Master thesis
report number
2011:07
ISSN
1401-9191
language
English
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2203209
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2011-11-08 15:01:02
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  abstract     = {Countries around the world are employing renewable energy policies to increase renewable electricity in their electricity mix. Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), located in the Caribbean, has endogenous sources of oil and natural gas and has not yet capitalised on sources of renewable energy. The country‟s electricity is currently dominantly generated from natural gas however the natural gas reserves are expected to last 10 years. T&T is in the process of formulating a renewable energy policy but it currently lacks academic research on local renewable energy policy aspects and this thesis seeks to provide insight into policies to assist the deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in T&T. Solar PV technologies are declining in cost and are becoming more affordable thereby increasing the potential to make them competitive in the foreseeable future. The feed-in tariff (FIT) policy is one scheme used to encourage renewable electricity production and Trinidad and Tobago is considering applying the FIT policy to encourage renewable electricity generation. Other policies such as capacity building and the removal of energy subsidies can also be used to promote PV deployment in T&T. Three scenarios are constructed using these policies to explore possible pathways for PV deployment in T&T. These scenarios can be reviewed by policy makers when devising strategies to deploy photovoltaic systems in T&T.},
  author       = {Manickchand, Neisha},
  issn         = {1401-9191},
  keyword      = {Renewable Energy,Solar Photovoltaic,Scenarios,Trinidad & Tobago},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {IIIEE Master thesis},
  title        = {Renewable energy development in Trinidad and Tobago: Exploring scenarios for the deployment of solar photovoltaic systems},
  year         = {2011},
}