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Dominican Republic

Official Name:
Dominican Republic
Region:

National Designated Entity

Type of organisation:
Government/Ministry
Name:
Mr. Pedro García Brito
Position:
Director of Climate Change
Phone:
+809 567 4300, +809 807 1116
Emails:
cambio.climatico@ambiente.gob.do, pedro.garcia@ambiente.gob.do

Energy profile

Dominican Republic (2012)

Type: 
Energy profile
Energy profile
Extent of network

Distribution networks cover 88% of the population, with about 8% of the connections thought to be illegal.

Renewable energy potential

HydropowerIn 2008 the Dominican Republic had an installed hydroelectric capacity of 470 MW, accounting for 14% of electricity generating capacity. It is expected that, by 2012, an additional 762 MW will have been added. The 50 MW hydroelectric Pinalito has started generating energy in 2009 while it is expected that the 99 MW Palomino hydroelectric, in the southwest, shall start operations in 2011. Construction is under way, or contracts have been signed, for 356 MW of new hydro plants.  In addition, several hundred MW of new hydro projects are in different stages of development. Solar energyA high potential sector. In February 2009, the Dominican Republic signed an agreement with US firm Sunovia Energy Technologies for the installation of the country’s first solar energy plant of 20 MW. There are also estimates of 2,899 MW of solar PV projects, but these would not be economically worthwhile based on current estimates.Wind energyAbout 350 MW of wind projects have already been approved.Biomass energyThe $350 million Fenix Project from RJS Group is set to produce 100 million gallons of ethanol per year, using sweet sorghum as feedstock, and generate 55/60 MW of electricity.In January 2009, the Dominican State-owned power companies (CDEEE) and the US based company Koar Energy Resources signed an agreement to generate energy from vegetable waste.

Energy framework

Approved in 2007, the Renewable Energies Incentive Law 57-07 grants incentives and tax exemptions on alternative energy imports and facilities for research and application of renewable energy technologies.   Law 57-07 eliminates former law 2071, opening the country for the development of alternate energy sources. The new law’s incentives, include the following:- 100% exemption over import duties for equipment, machinery and accessories required for renewable energy production.- Income tax exemption. A 10-year exemption from all taxation on profits up to, but not beyond, the year 2020.- Fixing of the electricity price from renewables that enters the national grid to the price of the market for the distributors.- Tax incentive for Self-Producers. Up to a 75% credit on capital cost for businesses’ shift entirely to renewable energy systems or increase their energy consumption share in these. This tax credit will be deferred to the self-producer’s income tax for the next 3 years.- Community Projects Incentives. Every and all institution of social interest (community organizations, producers associations, registered mutual groups) willing to develop renewable energy sources at a small scale (up to 500 KW) and destined to a community use, may access financial assistance funds at the lowest market rate for developing these projects, for up to 75% cost of the works and its installation.Authorities overseeing every electric subsector are committed to ensuring that 25% of service needs by 2025 shall be supplied from renewable energy sources. By 2015, at least 10% of the energy purchased by the distributors and trading companies shall originate from renewable sources of energy.

Source
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  • Communicating Extreme Weather Event Attribution: Research from Kenya and India

    Type: 
    Publication
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    Objective:

    Climate change attribution analysis assesses the likelihood that a particular extreme weather event has been made more or less likely as a result of anthropogenic climate change. Communication of extreme event attribution information in the immediate aftermath of an extreme event provides a window of opportunity to inform, educate, and affect a change in attitude or behaviour in order to mitigate or prepare for climate change.

  • Hydrological Zoning

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    Publication
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    Sectors:

    Hydrological zoning (or simply zoning) is an approach to divide land into different zones based on their hydrological properties. Typically, each type of zone has different land use and development regulations linked to it. This land and water management method aims to protect local water sources from risks of over-abstraction, land salinization, groundwater pollution and waterlogging by managing land use activities based on the assigned hydrological zones.  For example, zones with a high groundwater table, large amounts of surface water (e.g.

  • Energy Efficiency (Policies and Measures Database)

    Type: 
    Publication
    Objective:

    The Energy Efficiency Policies and Measures database provides information on policies and measures taken or planned to improve energy efficiency. The database further supports the IEA G8 Gleneagles Plan of Action mandate to “share best practice between participating governments”, and the agreement by IEA Energy Ministers in 2009 to promote energy efficiency and close policy gaps.

  • Green Resources & Energy Analysis Tool (GREAT)

    Type: 
    Publication
    Objective:

    The GREAT Tool for Cities is an integrated bottom-up, energy end-use based modelling and accounting tool for tracking energy consumption, production and resource extraction in all economic sectors on a city, provincial or regional level. The model uses the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) software developed by the Stockholm Environmental Institute and includes a national average dataset on energy input parameters for residential, commercial, transport, industry and agriculture end-use sectors.

  • Commercial Building Analysis Tool for Energy-Efficient Retrofits (COMBAT)

    Type: 
    Publication
    Objective:

    The Commercial Building Analysis Tool for Energy-Efficiency Retrofit (COMBAT) is created to facilitate policy makers, facility managers, and building retrofit practitioners to estimate commercial (public) buildings retrofit energy saving, cost and payback period. Common commercial building models area created, and the retrofit measures and their effects are pre-computed by EnergyPlus by taking different building types and measures interactions into account.

  • Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (LEEP-C)

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    Publication
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    Objective:

    The tool provides the opportunity to analyse the impacts of 23 different policy types from 4 energy-using sectors:

    1. public buildings,
    2. commercial buildings,
    3. residential buildings, and
    4. transportation.

    Impacts of policy choices are analysed in terms of energy savings, cost savings, pollution reduction, and other outcomes over a time period set by the user. The tool also allows for assigning the weights to different policy options based on community priorities in order to tailor policy development process to community goals.

  • Institut International de l'Écologie Industrielle et de l'Économie Verte

    Type: 
    Organisation
    Country of registration:
    Switzerland
    Relation to CTCN:
    Network Member

    The Institut International de l'Écologie Industrielle et de l'Économie Verte is an establishment of reflection, research and practice of industrial ecology. The Institute has an engineering division and an expertise cluster, which enables the Institute to identify new technologies linked to industrial ecology and to advise through a specific methodology adapted to local contexts. The project managers work on the practical execution of mandates and on the implementation of the industrial ecology with a particular attention to Switzerland and developing countries.

  • Centro GlobalCAD 3.0 SL

    Type: 
    Organisation
    Country of registration:
    Spain
    Relation to CTCN:
    Network Member

    GlobalCAD is formed by a group of international experts specialized in fields related to human and sustainable development. They provide technical and strategic advice, research and capacity building to international organizations, governments, NGOs and private sector organizations worldwide.