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caribbean energy transitions

Energy transitions are inherently geographical. In the Caribbean there are multiple transitions currently underway. These include a move to modern energy services, the shift to a liberalized energy market, and the introduction of low carbon energy technologies. Yet these transitions are not limited to things happening on Caribbean islands, rather they are facilitated, enabled, and shaped by similar changes in the global energy space economy.  In this study I am partnering with Jeff Popke at East Carolina University to study how energy transitions happen across time and space. We have interviewed a number of government officials, NGOs, equipment manufacturers, and electric utilities on Caribbean islands. We are also planning archival research into the histories of island utilities and to conduct island wide energy consumption surveys with everyday households and the tourist industry.