Iceland: Commonwealth of Dominica

Iceland: A Pioneer in Clean Energy Development

When the oil crisis struck Iceland in 1973 and 1979, it revamped its energy policy, deemphasizing oil and turning to domestic energy resources using hydropower and geothermal. Today Iceland is a world leader in the use of renewable energy, meeting 81% of its primary energy needs and generating 99.9% of its electricity through renewable sources.

The Iceland and Dominica Collaboration pilot project will leverage Iceland's proven model of transition from a fossil fuel–dependent economy to a clean energy economy. In helping Dominica harness its renewable energy potential, this Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN) project will support the capacity-building efforts of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Dominica has significant geothermal resources, and Iceland will lend its longstanding technical and legal expertise in developing this sustainable energy source to help Dominica address the economic, social, and environmental crises it faces.

A highlight of the Dominica pilot project will be geothermal training provided to energy institutions in Dominica through the United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) in Iceland and short courses held on various continents.

Learn more about the renewable energy progress, policies, and goals of Iceland.