Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) Initiative

Iniciativa de Energía Renovable en las Américas (EREA) 


Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative





While Small Island Developing States (SIDS) produce only a tiny fraction of global greenhouse gas emissions, many, because of their location barely above sea level, are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as sea level rise and extreme weather conditions.  Compounding their climate change challenge, small island nations struggle with expensive fossil fuel imports and an inability to supply electricity in rural areas. However, these nations are especially suited to utilize combinations of modern renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency due to the availability of renewable energy resources and current energy consumption patterns.  

The Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative (GSEII), a consortium of international NGOs and multi-lateral institutions, has been organized to support the interest of all small island states and potential donors by bringing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, models, and concepts together in a sustainable plan for small island nations. The GSEII seeks to showcase national efforts to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Recent efforts by the GSEII have focused on the island nations of St. Lucia, Grenada, and Dominica.  Following a collaborative process with senior policy makers and a wide range of energy stakeholders in St. Lucia, a National Sustainable Energy Plan was adopted, establishing aggressive targets for renewables and energy efficiency, and setting the stage for significant changes in the energy sector.  GSEII is currently working with Dominica and Grenada in the development of similar Plans.  Highlighting the accomplishments of the GSEII and the collaborating countries, senior government representatives from St. Lucia, Grenada and Dominica discussed their clean energy commitments at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.  Continuing efforts in the region will include the organization of a regional conference on renewable energy (Nov. 4-5; with Carilec - the regional association of electric utilities) and additional bilateral initiatives. 


Climate Institute

1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20036 USA 

Phone: 1 202 547 0104 

Fax: 1 202 547 0111 




Counterpart International

1200 18th St., NW Suite 1100 

Washington, D.C. 20036 USA 

Phone: 1 202 296 9676

Fax: 1 202 296 9679




Energy and Security Group

12200 Kyler Lane 

Oak Hill, Virginia 20171 USA 

Phone:  1 703 715 0274 

Fax: 1 703 715 0276 



International Network for Sustainable Energy 

Gl. Kirkevej 56 

DK-8530 Hjortshøj, Denmark
Phone: 45 86227000
Fax:45 86227096



Organization of American States

Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment

1889 F Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006

Phone: 1 202 458 6261/3964

Fax: 1 202 458-3560 




Winrock International

Clean Energy Group 

1621 North Kent St., Suite 1200

Arlington, VA 22209 USA

Phone: 1 703 525 9430 

Fax: 1 703 243 1175



GSEII Brochure (PDF)

GSEII Presentation by Frank Tugwell, Winrock International

WSSD Press Release 1 (South Africa, 2002)

WSSD Press Release 2 (South Africa, 2002)

WSSD Press Event Description (South Africa, 2002)




Saint Lucia 

Sustainable Energy Plan (Draft)

First Stakeholder Consultation Agenda (July 26, 2002)

First Stakeholder Consultation Participants List (July 26, 2002)

First Stakeholder Consultation Minutes (July 26, 2002)

Second Stakeholder Consultation Agenda (January 22, 2003)

Second Stakeholder Consultation Participants List (January 22, 2003)

Second Stakeholder Consultation Minutes (January 22, 2003)

Prime Minister's Speech at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (South Africa)

Sustainable Energy Plan (Draft)

SEP Press Release

Energy Policy Outline

GSEII Presentation (April 2002)

SEP Presentation (by John Auguste)

Forum for Energy and Development Report on a Renewable Energy Science- Eduction Center and a Wind Park - Contributing to the Economic and Social Development of Grenada

Sustainable Energy Plan

Energy Policy Outline (Draft)

Draft Implementation Plan

Sustainable Energy Plan Working Group

Stakeholder Consultation Minutes (2000)

Prime Minister's Speech at COP6 (The Hague, 2000)

Minister Hunte's Speech at World Summit on Sustainable Development (South Africa 2002)


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