United States and Grenada Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Energy Security

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 3, 2014

As part of the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative, Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein and Grenadian Ambassador to the United States E. Angus Friday signed on August 27 in Washington, D.C., a Memorandum of Understanding to promote a cleaner and more secure energy future in the Caribbean. The United States will work with Grenada on a pilot program that seeks to develop and apply a visionary approach to improving its energy sector, which includes integrating policy and regulatory reforms, and encouraging private sector investment in environmentally responsible and economically sustainable technologies. This Memorandum of Understanding was announced by Prime Minister of Grenada Keith Mitchell at the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa, on September 1.

This cooperation, which is integral to the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative announced by Vice President Biden during his trip to the region in June, will serve as an example to lead the way to a cleaner energy future for the Caribbean region and for small islands around the globe. The best practices and lessons learned from the comprehensive energy reform approach in Grenada will be helpful to other islands looking to reform their energy sector in support of environmental, economic, and social objectives.

The United States is committed to working with small island developing states on critical global issues, including climate change and ocean conservation as well as the islands’ sustainable development, energy security, food security, and health issues.