It is well established in the economic literature that it’s the rich who benefit from the lion’s share of energy subsidies. Yet, it is often the poor and vulnerable who protest loudly against…

Guillermo Beylis, Barbara Cunha |

In Jamaica, about a quarter of electricity produced is stolen or “lost” through non-paying customers and/or accounting errors. Manual detection has failed to make a difference in reducing this…

Anna Lerner, Priyanka Ripley |

The BMR Jamaica Wind project,  Jamaica’s largest private-sector renewable energy project. Photo: IFC Last month, a new wind farm began spinning its blades in Jamaica. At 36 megawatts (MW) it…

Kruskaia Sierra-Escalante |

Street scene in Delmas, Haiti “Plantain nu eat like rice” — a Caribbean saying roughly translated as “Make do with what is available to you” — applies to the region’s experience with public-…

Luciana Guimaraes Drummond E Silva |

Residents in Wazirpur, India share with us how electricity access has spurred their hope for a better, more dignified life. (Photo: TPDLL)Rarely does one read about a private utility’s successful…

Sunita Dubey |

Prior to about 2005, for many tourists their Jamaican vacation was ruined at the last minute, by the hot and overcrowded conditions inside Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport. Fast…

S. Brian Samuel |

¿Por qué los precios del petróleo están cayendo tan rápido?  ¿No han tocado fondo todavía?  ¿Debería preocuparnos que sigan cayendo? Estas son preguntas que probablemente cada ministro de Hacienda…

Francisco G. Carneiro |

Why are petroleum prices dropping so fast anyway? Have they reached rock bottom yet? Should we be worried if they continue to fall? These are questions that probably every finance minister in…

Francisco G. Carneiro |

D&E Green Enterprises: Saving Energy and the Forest in Haiti through Improved Cookstoves If you live on an island in the ocean, energy and climate issues come together in a palpable way. Most…

S. Vijay Iyer |

They had to do something different, something memorable, which would make people realize just how tough it is for small businesses in the Caribbean to survive, “So we held a funeral”. Rosalea…

Eleanor Ereira, Anthony Lambkin |