Anguilla: Energy

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 19th October 2009.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress made by Anguilla towards energy independence; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Europe)

Responsibility for energy issues has been devolved to the Overseas Territory governments.

The Government of Anguilla (GOA) advised us that their progress towards energy independence has so far included the following:

Formal Establishment of the Anguilla National Energy Committee under the Department of Environment;

A draft National Energy Policy has been verbally endorsed by the GO A. This is expected to be formalised by 1 December 2009;

A renewable Energy Co-ordinator, supported by OTEP funding (Overseas Territories Environment Programme, a joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development fund), has been retained and is currently working to promote the goals of the Draft National Energy Policy;

Funds have been raised through the GOA (EC$ 500,000) and OTEP (£100,000) for the establishment of the Anguilla Renewable Energy Office;

A National Energy Committee covers high-level international consultancy, data collection and data analysis;

A business plan has been developed for a special entity currently called "RECorp" which will establish and operate a first phase 2-3 megawatt wind farm under a power-purchase agreement with ANGLEC, Anguilla's sole electrical utility.

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