The development of geothermal energy is a national priority for Dominica, prime minister and minister of finance, Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister has stated that electricity generated from geothermal sources is set to lower the cost of energy.
“Benefits derived from geothermal energy generation are expected to extend beyond the domestic electricity market to that of energy export,” he said.
A significant investment of $12,475,987 was made by the Government of Dominica between January and June 2013 for the undertaking of geothermal development works in the Roseau Valley. This included drilling and site preparation works.
The Government of Dominica has already invested over $31-million for the exploratory phase of the geothermal project.
Government is currently pursuing the construction of a small power plant which will concentrate of local consumption.
Plans are also in place to construct a large power plant which will facilitate the export of electricity generated through geothermal energy sources to the neighbouring French territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique.
Dominica hosted a Geothermal Partners Development Forum from September 26 to 27, 2013.