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© 2019 by Mark Konold

Analysis, articles, and reflections spanning my interests, life, and work.

March 12, 2019

For the third year in a row I have been asked to participate at RECAM, a conference whose full name is: Renewable Energy In the Caribbean and Central America. You can see why the acronym is preferable.

Two years ago I presented data that showed how climate change is impacting project risk and, by ext...

January 25, 2017

Worldwatch created a roadmap for a clean energy future in the Dominican Republic. One year later, we look at how far the country has come—and where work remains.

[Inspecting new equipment for unecessary coal plants in the Dominican Republic
(Photo Credit: acentdo.com.do)]

Just over one year ago, the W...

October 23, 2015

One of the last projects I was working on when I left Worldwatch earlier this year was a revamp of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS). We finished the original version of this report back in 2013. Progress having been made, it was time to refresh it and the Climate and E...

July 8, 2015

Today Worldwatch launched the last of its three Sustainable Energy Roadmaps. You can read the official press release here. You can download the full report here. This blog post also appears at Worldwatch's blog.

[The final installment of the Caribbean Roadmap series.]

Just over one year ago, the World...

November 26, 2014

I just finished the in-country launch of Worldwatch’s Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Haiti. Many thanks to the IDB-sponsored investment forum for allowing us a time to present, and for the space to conduct our in-depth workshop. Due to the pressures of traveling off the island and heading home for T...

July 12, 2013

Here's a quick recap of my team’s trip to Barbados to deliver a final product on which we’ve been working feverishly for the last year. This can also be found on Worldwatch Institute's blogs.

This week members of Worldwatch’s Climate and Energy team traveled to Barbados to participate in the Mobi...

May 3, 2013

The blog post was originally published at Worldwatch Institute.

Globally, new investment in renewable energy fell 11 percent in 2012. But in Latin America and the Caribbean (not including Brazil), it grew at a remarkable rate of 127 percent, totaling US$4.6 billion. This was the opening context fo...

March 13, 2013

The recent passing of Hugo Chavez leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Chief among them: exactly which programs and policies will remain? His ploy to use Venezuela’s natural resources to wield influence in the region against US. Foreign policy, known as PetroCaribe, has been successful in many ways...

January 17, 2013

Happy New Year from the Caribbean.  I’m kicking things off with yet another Worldwatch blog post. The sustainable energy world can move pretty quickly so I have to seize opportunities to keep up.

Since October 2012, the energy sector in the Dominican Republic has been in the spotlight as a result...

December 28, 2012

My trip to Jamaica last month was a combination of business and personal time. After two weeks showing my wife around the island I stuck around for one of Worldwatch’s in-country workshops. One of my team members joined me and we successfully managed to take a step forward, even if the country isn’t...

November 25, 2012

A quick travel log entry. I’m back in Jamaica. Ray Ray just left to head back to Santo Domingo after a ten-day break in which I showed her around the island. I arrived back to Dominican Republic after my grandmother’s funeral and in less than 48 hours was back on a plane, hopping from one rock in th...

November 9, 2012

The United States isn’t the only country with post-election challenges for an incumbent to face. As I cover here for Worldwatch, the Dominican president, re-elected earlier this year, still struggles to deliver on campaign promises centered on energy.

Danilo Medina was sworn in as the new president o...

July 19, 2012

You may recall I mentioned I am currently working on two projects, both of which feature the Dominican Republic as part of our research. This week our team delivered the final product of the initial study during a visit to Santo Domingo. It’s quite a milestone for us and I’m incredibly proud of what...

June 12, 2012

This blog post was originally published at Worldwatch Institute

Recently I was asked to participate in a Sustainable Energy Conference hosted by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kingston and the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech). The four-day event, which included considerab...