April 5 (Renewables Now) - The Dominican Republic's Minister of Energy and Mines urged the state power sector to commit to reaching 630 MW of renewable power capacity by 2020.
Minister Antonio Isa Conde wants renewables and large hydropower plants (HPPs) to represent 34.8% of the installed capacity in the National Interconnected Electricity System (SENI). The announcement was made Tuesday, at an event held by the Dominican Corporation of State Electric Companies (CDEEE).
In order to achieve the 630-MW goal, the country needs to have clear rules and regulations to avoid practices that stimulate corruption, the minister said.
Isa Conde, who is also president of the National Energy Commission (CNE), also pointed out that it is crucial for the government to define "what it wants, how it wants it and when it wants it" so that the renewable sector can grow in an organised way.
The country already has 185 MW of solar, wind and biomass power plants and more than 600 MW of HPP capacity, while SENI's total capacity is 3,577.4 MW.