Stimulating industrial competitiveness through biomass-based, grid-connected electricity generation
Status of initiative: Completed
Description/achievement of initiative

The partnership between various public institutions and the private sector in the Dominican Republic aims at promoting the implementation of decentralized, biomass-based energy production in industrial free zones to reduce GHG emissions, while contributing to their competitiveness. The partnership thus aims to demonstrate and promote the viability and benefits of decentralized electricity generation in the country, both for self-supply and for sales of surplus electricity to the national grid, by making optimum use of available, domestic biomass resources. The objective is countering current high-energy costs and GHG emissions of fossil fuel-based power plants in the country. Once demonstrated, it is expected that biomass-based energy generation will be adopted by free zones and other large consumers in the country. Early involvement of sector stakeholders is part of the strategy to disseminate the outcomes of the project and replicate the economic and environmental benefits. The project is therefore expected to contribute to the transformation of the sector towards a more secure, economical and environmentally sustainable energy supply. Furthermore, it is expected that this type of partnership has high replication potential for other Small Island Developing States.

Implementation methodologies

For the GEF, UNIDO is the Implementing Agency, which will oversee the successful achievement of the objectives of the undertaking, while the responsibility for the execution lies with the CNE, the CNZFE and CZFIS. The partnership is led by a National Project Director. Daily management and coordination of activities, is undertaken by a project management unit (PMU). This PMU will have a national Project Coordinator (PC), who will be responsible for the day-to-day management and supervision of the project, including technical aspects of the project and the coordination of contracting and monitoring activities. The PMU will be assisted by national and international consultants for specific assignments. CNE, CNZFE and CZFIS as well as the Ministry of Environment will provide support to assure that the commitment can be successfully achieved.I

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Capacity-building: Several capacity-building activities are foreseen during the commitment period. Envisaged outputs include (i) the preparation for a communication plan to interact with civil society organizations and the general public on the topic of sustainable biomass sourcing, (ii) the compilation of operational experience and best practices from the Santiago demonstration plant and (iii) the carrying-out of promotional activities including technical seminars, dissemination events, and drafting of technical manuals and guidelines. Outputs will be achieved in close cooperation with national partners and other relevant stakeholders. Technology transfer: The adoption of a biomass-based power plant is one of the deliverable of the commitment. Hence it is highly likely that there will be either a North-South or South-South transfer of technology.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The partnership will be governed by a Steering Committee as the highest decision-making authority, the composition of which includes representatives from CNE, CNZFE, CZFIS, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and UNIDO. In addition, close coordination with other national as well as regional stakeholders is foreseen to assure that a variety of views are considered and potential synergies are made best use of. Stakeholders include NGOs / CSOs, particularly rural development organizations and programmes in the region of the future power plant, universities such as Universidad ISA and the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo as well as organizations involved in international cooperation (e.g. GIZ). Furthermore, a relationship with the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) is expected to be established once the centre is operational.


Global Environment Facility (GEF), National Energy Commission (CNE), National Council for Free Trade Zones (CNZFE), Santiago Free Trade Zone Corporation (CZFIS), Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Awareness for the concept and benefits of biomass power generation has been raised among relevant stakeholders.
A biomass-based electric power plant has been adopted by the Santiago Industrial Free Zone.
The policy and regulatory environment conducive to decentralized, biomass-based power and heat generation has been strengthened.
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
In-kind contribution
National Energy Commission (CNE) and National Council for Free Trade Zones (CNZFE)
In-kind contribution
National Energy Commission (CNE) and National Council for Free Trade Zones (CNZFE)
Financing (in USD)
Financing (in USD)
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: January 2018
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Nina Zetsche, n.zetsche@unido.org

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