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State Secretary Clinton Speaks at Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Ministerial Meeting on April 15, 2010 – supports energy security in the Caribbean and the U.S. Virgin Islands.



April 15, 2010

"First, we will work to advance sustainable energy in the Caribbean. As I said, this is the area of the world most dependent on imported fossil fuels and suffering from the world's highest electricity rates. That's shameful in our hemisphere, and it shouldn't be. The people of the Caribbean are creative, resilient; they're able to lead the way in new forms of energy, and we want to be a partner. The United States will provide a grant to the Organization of American States to lend technical and legal expertise to any Caribbean country seeking to help get clean energy projects off the ground. We are committed to helping you with energy security. We think clean energy and energy security go hand in hand.

Yesterday, the OAS, the Caribbean energy ministers, CARICOM, the World Bank, the IDB, and officials from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands launched a dialogue to explore the possibility of installing undersea electric cables in the region to give the Caribbean access to new power supplies. Another exciting possibility would link Puerto Rico with the U.S. Virgin Islands and a third would link the islands of Nevis and St. Kitts."

Full Text of Speech: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/04/140286.htm