Guyana Energy Agency

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Guyana Energy Agency Remains Compliant with its Mandate

Response to Articles Published in Kaieteur News February 26 to 28, 2016

Georgetown, February 29, 2016: Dear Editor, in response to the articles published in Kaieteur News Friday February 26 to Sunday February 28, 2016, the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) wishes to issue the following response:

In response to the recent slew of articles published by the Kaieteur News seeking to malign the efforts of GEA’s committed and diligent employees, the GEA wishes to assure the public that the Agency remains compliant with its mandate. All acts of wrong-doing, malfeasance detected by, and within the purview of the Agency, will continue to be investigated and appropriate action will be taken.

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Guyana Energy Agency Hosts ‘Express Your Energy’ Activity For Primary School Students

(One of the Planned Activities to Commemorate Energy Week 2013)

 

Georgetown, November 17, 2015: The Transport and Harbours Sports Club in Thomas Lands was the scene of much exuberance, enthusiasm and high energy on Tuesday November 17th when 50 Primary School Students participated in the Guyana Energy Agency’s (GEA) ‘Express Your Energy’ activity.

Planned as one of the activities to commemorate Energy Week 2015 ‘Express your Energy’ was attended by students, between the ages of nine to eleven (9-11) of grades four (4) and six (6), from Grahams’ Hall Primary, North Georgetown Primary, West Ruimveldt Primary, St Agnes and St Ambrose Primary. Students were encouraged at different stations to convey their interpretation and knowledge of energy sources, sustainability, energy conservation and energy efficiency through artwork/pictorial illustrations, word search and conservation tips.

The students wasted no time in completing the relay themed energy-based activities at their respective stations before jumping, bunny hopping, running and walking to the next station as their fellow team members loudly showed support; while the teachers joined in the fun, coaching them along as they offered energy efficient tips and illustrated energy sources. The activity was non-competitive, therefore, students were not judged or ranked based on their illustrations. Rather, each school (and student) was awarded a ‘Certificate of Participation while each student along with their teachers were awarded a token of appreciation as an honorary ‘Energy Champion’.

Students and teachers were also treated to energy conservation videos as they interacted in a lively discussion and quiz on their learning from the activity. Amidst the enthusiasm through the cheering and delight in participation, the children clearly demonstrated a sound understanding of energy efficiency and conservation through accuracy in answering questions and explaining their illustrations.

In keeping with the promotion of sustainable energy development CARICOM Energy Week, 2015 was observed across the Caribbean, by CARICOM member States, from November 8-14, 2015 under the theme ‘Empowering our Sustainable Development’.

The Guyana Energy Agency, in the exercise of its mandate, continues to promote energy efficiency, energy conservation and the development and utilisation of alternative sources of energy. The observance of Energy Week, consistent with Guyana’s energy trust and Low Carbon Development Strategy, serves as an annual feature that provides an additional platform which enables GEA to fulfill part of its mandate by disseminating information essential to improving public awareness on sustainable energy, conservation and overall efficiency.

Energy Week 2015 Message from the Hon. David Patterson, Minister Responsible for Energy

Hon. David PattersonGuyana, along with other CARICOM member states, will be commemorating Energy Week 2015, November 8 to 14. 

Under the theme, ‘Empowering Sustainable Development’, the simultaneous celebration of this annual occasion across the Caribbean Community represents the conjoined efforts of Member States to increase awareness and promulgate sustainable energy practices in the national and regional development of our nations. 

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GEA Highlights Activities for Energy Week 2015

Georgetown, November 9, 2015: CARICOM Energy Week 2015 (CEW 2015) is being observed during the week of November 8th to 14th under the theme ‘Empowering our Sustainable Development’. The kickoff event for CEW 2015 was a Kilo Walk on Sunday November 8 which was organized by CARICOM as one of a number of Regional activities.

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Solar Water Heaters: An economically viable option

Georgetown October 9, 2014: Solar water heaters make use of the sun’s energy through ‘solar thermal’ technology. What this means is that the sun’s energy is harnessed and converted into heat.

With growing concerns of global climate change and our dependence on costly fossil fuels that are dangerous to our environment, solar water heaters present an opportunity to not only reduce energy consumption and costs, but assist in reducing our carbon foot print.

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The Importance of Standards and Accreditation in the Energy Sector

Georgetown, June 2014:  Monday June 9th 2014 was ‘World Accreditation Day’. This year, World Accreditation Day was observed under the theme “Accreditation: Delivering confidence in the provision of energy”. The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) wholeheartedly embraces and applauds this theme; owing to the fact that it focuses on the role that accreditation plays in providing confidence in the provision of energy.

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Energy Efficient Air Conditioners: Savings is Cool Again!

Georgetown, June, 2014:  For some, an air conditioning unit is considered a luxury, while others consider it a necessity. Regardless, one underlying fact is that they aide significantly, especially in tropical climates like Guyana, in cooling offices and homes. 

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GEA Pilots Stand-Alone Solar-Powered Street Light

Street Lighting is an important service that helps to contribute to safety and security of the public, businesses, and residential spaces. Street lights also aide in crime prevention and recreational activities. Over the years, this service has significantly contributed to the energy consumption from the utility at a considerable cost. 

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Net-metering demonstration project has benefitted Guyana

Georgetown, October 05, 2013:  After more than one year since the launch of Guyana’s first grid-connected solar photovoltaic net-metering system, the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) has saved more than one million Guyana dollars in electricity costs; thereby contributing positively to the environment by avoiding the release of more than 9,740kg of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas), while at the same time demonstrating that GPL’s grid is stable enough and the metering mechanism is capable of facilitating a net-metering platform.

Guyana usually receives abundant sunshine and has, for many years, been using solar photovoltaic panels for a number of applications, primarily in remote areas without access to a grid.

The Guyana Energy Agency, with support from GIZ, the German Society for International Cooperation, and funding from the Austrian Development Cooperation, installed an 8.46kW Grid Tie Solar Photovoltaic Demonstration Project in 2012 at a cost of G$6.9 million.

According to Dr. Mahender Sharma, CEO of the Guyana Energy Agency, “…the system was installed to promote the use of renewable energy in Guyana, gain understanding of grid tie technologies and demonstrate the use and application of solar photovoltaic grid tie technology”.

The energy supplied from the solar panels is about 20% of the energy required by the load of the building.  During a regular business day, the grid-tie inverter senses the amount of energy coming from the solar panels, measures the amount of energy being consumed by the building, then takes the difference from the grid.  On holidays and weekends, when the load of the building is less than the power supplied from the solar panels, most of the energy is supplied to the grid. The grid-tie inverter is also designed to quickly disconnect from the grid if the utility grid goes down.

Currently, the system is operating on a net-metering arrangement with GPL using the existing Itron meter. A module upgrade was sourced and installed, allowing the existing meter to now read energy received from the grid, energy supplied to the grid and net energy consumed by the load of the building

GEA is committed to its vision of ensuring Guyana’s energy security through access to reliable energy that is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable.  Hence, the Agency will continue to carry out research into all sources of energy including those presently used in Guyana. These efforts are aimed at securing and encouraging more efficient utilization of energy and sources of energy in the public’s interest. The Agency also seeks to develop and encourage the development and usage of sources of energy other than those currently in use.

The operation and benefits of the solar photovoltaic net-metering system can be viewed at http://egauge2733.egaug.es.

Energy Efficient Wood Stoves

Georgetown, 2014: An energy efficient wood stove is a device that is designed to consume less fuel (wood) and save cooking time. It also aids in reducing the volume of particulates and smoke produced during cooking in comparison to the traditional open-flame wood stove (‘fire side’).

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