USAID conducts energy efficiency training in Antigua

(L-R) John Marcocchio, USAID CARCEP Energy Efficiency Promotion Specialist; Mrs. Marvo Newton-Richards, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy; Owen Gunning, USAID CARCEP Program Development Specialist; Head of Energy Department, Ministry of Tour

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP), conducted an Energy Efficiency Workshop in Antigua as part of its ongoing training program to support hotels across the region with reducing their energy load and costs to become more efficient.

The two-day workshop was held on May 24-25 at the Halcyon Cove Hotel in St. John’s, Antigua and educated representatives from participating hotels on the value of energy conservation and energy efficiency & renewable energy measures to implement at their hotel properties. The training included a cross-section of management, operations and maintenance personnel from approximately twenty-five (25) local hotels who are members of the Antigua Hotel & Tourism Association and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

Participants also took part in a practical demonstration session of USAID CARCEP’s energy efficiency benchmarking tool which can be used to track electricity, fossil fuel and water usage; compare consumption data and identify and quantify the value of the energy efficiency investments.

USAID CARCEP Energy Efficiency Promotion Specialist, John Marcocchio said “I am very pleased with the turn out and the enthusiasm of the participants. It is clear that there is a real need for this type of information and it is critical that the hotels do everything possible to maximize their profits as they are competing in a global market place and the cost of energy in the region is amongst the highest in the world which erodes the hoteliers’ profitability”.

The workshop is the third in this series of trainings being rolled out in Caribbean countries under the USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Program’s mandate — Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The previous energy efficiency workshops were held in Jamaica and St. Lucia, respectively.