OAS, State Department Host Renewable Energy Meeting, Tour for Central America and Caribbean Energy Ministers

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
August 25, 2010

The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Department of Sustainable Development, will co-host with the Department of State and the Government of Brazil the Renewable Energy Meeting and Site Visit for Energy Ministers from Central America and the Caribbean in South Florida on August 26-28, 2010.

The site visit is an activity of the U.S. – Brazil Bilateral Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Cooperation on Biofuels. The State Department and Brazil’s Ministry of External Relations are the lead for the MOU, which makes possible the exchange of experiences between the U.S. and Brazil on sustainable biofuels, while enabling the exchange of information to several third-party countries in Central America and the Caribbean which have unique opportunities for the development and local use of biofuels. The OAS serves as an institutional partner to the Agreement, supporting technical assistance and policy reform activities in each of the third-party countries, including: the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Guatemala, Jamaica, and St. Kitts and Nevis. Ministers with responsibility for energy and other senior officials from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Guatemala and Jamaica will participate in this Tour.

The site visit will facilitate the sharing of experience and information on several alternative energy solutions, including biofuels and solar power. It will also enable an exchange among the authorities on innovative programs and policies that encourage the development and use of clean energy alternatives. Participants in the site visit will join in a series of visits on Friday, August 27, including tours of the Concentrated Solar Power Facility of Florida Power and Light (Indiantown, Fla.), the USDA Agricultural Research Service Sugarcane Field Station (Canal Point, Fla.), and the Florida Crystals Cogeneration Facility (Okeelanta, Fla.). A final meeting and strategy session has been scheduled for all participants on Saturday, August 28th at the Hotel Intercontinental West Miami.

Media representatives are invited to meet with the tour participants at one or more of the facilities and at the meeting on Saturday morning. For more information, or to make arrangements to meet with the tour participants please contact Mr. Mark Lambrides, Chief of the OAS Energy Section by phone at +1 (202) 341-8397 or by email at mlambrides@oas.org.

State Department Press Contact: Economic, Energy & Business Affairs Office of Public Diplomacy, (703) 647-0677, EPPDMediaRSVP@state.gov.

PRN: 2010/1154