Wearing The Title Of Educated Fools With Dignity

Barbadians were told to expect a 10% increase in their electricity bills from as early as next month. As expected the news has triggered consternation in a population made lazy by a subsidy to buffer fuel increases – since removed by the current government – and behaviour fuelled by a ravenous consumption lifestyle. There was a time when Chief Marketing Officer Stephen Worme made himself available to BU to answer questions about BL&P’s role in a national energy policy among other issues, until the BU intelligentsia exposed his utterances as public relations spiel.

It was about three years ago Barbadians were having the same conversation sparked when the price of a barrel of oil rose to $147.00 When will we learn? Barbados is a country which is totally reliant on fossil fuel to general energy. Successive governments in the last 20 years have refused to wean the Barbados economy from the model which is driving us down a path of economic disaster. BU finds it amusing that the former Prime Minister Owen Arthur was quoted in the media today speaking to the issue of the rising fuel charge and his astute solution is to reduce the excise tax. One would have thought when his government managed the economy in the boom years the strategic approach should have been to create a framework to mitigate Barbados’ reliance on fossil fuel. Perhaps this was too much to ask because it is the stuff of which LEADERSHIP is measured!

The folly of our predicament is now compounded by a current state where debt to GDP has climbed over 100% driven by government’s policy to use domestic debt as a strategy to protect the social and economic fabric of the society. The current government finds itself incurring domestic debt at an alarming rate to pay day to day bills including public sector salaries. The irony is most of government debt of late is not about capacity building. The conclusion is that with a volatile situation in the Middle East the price of a barrel of oil will not dip in the foreseeable future. The BU family has already highlighted the reality for the oil business which has seen the cost to drill oil increased significantly from where it was in the 70s, the moral of the story, oil production will remain high now and for evermore.

Until Barbadians remove the political lens through which they filter information they will continue to accept bullshit from the political directorate and the power brokers they serve. The fact that Barbados is satisfied to have achieved a level of success if we use measurements designed by the developed world, the question forward thinking Barbadians should have asked and answered a long time ago – is our economic model relevant to ensure the best output for BARBADOS? The obvious answer is no given that our economic model relies exclusively on oil. In times of plenty we supported an inefficient public sector, we earmarked a dump in the Scotland District and the list of useless multi-million dollar projects is endless. This is not about showing political colours, more about making the best decisions which place Barbados’ strategic interest at the centre.

This weekend we had the embarrassing situation on radio where a few of our lawyers expressed exasperation at the ineffectiveness of  our administration of justice. These are the same lawyers who all applauded the legacy of retired Chief Justice David Simmons a few months ago. We have those who consider former Prime Minister Owen Arthur an economic guru yet Barbados finds itself in a position where true leadership during his reign would have seen a Barbados building out an alternative energy plant.

Come on Barbadians! If we are to demonstrate we have been able recipients of the free education our forefathers laid the brickwork for us to benefit, have we delivered value to satisfy their expectation? From their graves the answer is a resounding no!

Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur also reminded Barbadians this weekend that Barbados prided itself not too long ago of being a model in several spheres of enterprise for the world to view. For some of our achievements we can be justly proud, regrettably on the issue of tweaking the economic model to encourage and sustain the best quality of life Barbadian style, we have failed. So who are we to blame but we ourselves.

0 thoughts on “Wearing The Title Of Educated Fools With Dignity


  1. This is only the beginning. EMERA has a policy of the highest electricity rates in Canada.

    All who were in favour of selling their shares to EMERA will now pay them back by means of higher electricity rates.

    You were warned.

    “Wha sweeten goat mout does burn ‘e tail”.


  2. The increase is of course only due to increase in fca only and have nothing to do with emera takeover. fca is the major porition of the light bill for some people. the increase of 6 cents represent a 15% increase in fuel cost.


  3. Please bear in mind that oil producers are NOT responsible for the setting of prices. The people who determine the final price of oil will use every excuse to justify jacking it up. People like BIMBRO who believe that there is such a thing as a perfect market that can regulate itself… Oil has become so necessary today that even if the price topped USD200/b there would still be a demand for the mineral.

    I believe that the last PM should have come clean with the public and admitted that it chose to ignore the Petro Caribe deal because of its association with the government of the US (after all the embassy is sited here. The US at any moment could close operations here and force everyone to go to Trinidad for Visas) The Petro Caribe was/is a sweet deal.


  4. If the Barbados Water Authority were privately owned, by now it would be informing the public of its intention to jack up the price as well.


  5. anthony

    “The increase………have nothing to do with emera takeover”

    FOOL YOUR SELF.

    While the greedy share holders were busy working out how much the sale of their shares would bring them, EMERA was busy calculating by how much to raise electricity rates to quickly recoup thw money they would pay for the shares.


  6. The only enlighten thing about CCC first post is he ridicule chris as overseer of the nis. maybe there hope for him yet.


  7. Developing and implementing alternative energy sources isn’t exactly cheap, particularly for an small island developing state.

    @ BAFBFP

    Oil is not a mineral


  8. You all saw that article in the Nation today about the retired US diplomat, Ralph Dungan, living in Barbados who installed solar panels on his roof and also installed a windmill at his house to generate electricity? He said it cost him $40,000 to set everything up, but after being hooked up to the grid for 2 months he has a zero electricity bill and instead a $429 credit from BL&P from the excess power he has sold back into the grid.

    Now that $40,000 dollars is a lot to sink into this project in a onetime shot. However, consider that if you were to take that same $40,000 and put it in a term deposit at 5% you would have $2,000 after a year.

    If we were to extend the $429 credit that Mr. Dungan got over the last 2 months out to 12 months, he would have earned approximately $2500 after a year, comparable to what he would have if he had put that same money into a term deposit. ( I realize this is a stretch and 2 months data is not really enough to go on, but am just using it for a ball park estimate of what might be possible. I also have no idea of the life expectancy of these solar cells and if/when they will need to be replaced along with other equipment that might wear out or fail like storage batteries, inverters etc. which is another factor you would have to take into account when working out a cost benefit analysis).

    Here is the link to the Nation News story if you missed it:
    http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/solar-panels-bring-savings/?utm_source=Nationnews+general+list&utm_campaign=13fccc0b5e-RSS_EMAIL_DAILY&utm_medium=email

    I heard 2nd hand from an acquaintance of mine who knows Mr. Dungan that Mr. Dungan had to pay a full set of VAT and duty charges etc. on this equipment just as on any other imported item, like, you know, an SUV or a widescreen TV. To my way of thinking it would be sensible for the gov’t to make this equipment available at a greatly reduced tax/duty rate (or even zero taxes and duty) if it helps us cut down on our oil import bill.

    SUVs, and cars etc. use up our foreign exchange in the purchase of these items and then use more foreign exchange in the gasoline or diesel fuel they burn or through maintaining all the infrastructure that has to be in place for their use (e.g road construction and repair etc). It would seem logical to me that the government should not tax something like a power generating, foreign exchange saving (over its lifetime) solar panel at a comparable rate to a foreign exchange burning motor car.

    Wouldn’t it even make business sense for BL&P to actively encourage, work with and support small businesses (similar to the solar water heater companies) to install maintain and service these types of smaller scale solar/wind power setups in homes and businesses? It could be seen as just one more way (and an environmentally friendly way) for them to generate electricity for their grid besides importing Bunker C and burning it in their diesel generators. They keep giving us the politically correct speeches about us having to move away from fossil fuels in order to use more environmentally friendly based forms of energy production, but how many relatively large scale (by Barbados standards) windfarms like the ones BL&P is still trying to get built at Lamberts can Barbados support?


    • @Green Money

      A key observation. If the government is serious it would provide tax breaks no? In the long run it is not only about foreign currency savings but diversifying a country’s dependence on fossil fuel.

      The other observation is that a person might chose to outlay different amounts of capital because is a solution which is ‘scalable’

      @anthony

      Most Barbadian bar a few understand the fuel clause adjustment, why bother to convince those who would make it a political? The subject is too important to be side-tracked.


  9. @ David &GM
    Solar electric and other alternative energy equipment have been duty free for some years now.
    Only VAT and environmental taxes are payable.

    WRT the actual, serious (lack of) promotion of alternative energy policies and ACTIONS in Barbados……blame (lack of) Leadership David …. (lack of) Leadership.


  10. I agree substantially with Green Monkey above However, I think that there has been a personal income tax allowance of $2,000 for home improvement related to energy or water saving devices or energy audits that has been in train for at least 4 years. Of course this is a pittance and needs to be increased substantially but One cannot truthfully imply that there have been no incentives given by Government for alternative energy.


  11. Bush Tea; I hadn’t seen your post above when I posted mine. Of course you’re right on all counts and re. the lack of leadership – That is true of both the private as well as the public sector.


  12. Bajans should take to the roads from as early as Wednesday to protest this unwarranted, unfair, uncalled for , unjustified assault on their pockets.

    But Bajans dont protest anything.

    These unscrupulous corporate gangsters have made money on top of money in Barbados and still want to make the same level of profits. THEY PASS ON COST TO THE CUSTOMERS, these wicked people never absorb anything. They and their shareholders continue to live large.

    Barbadians need to protest this increase.


  13. @david

    Ok let get back to get to real topic @ heart which getting out from dependance of oil. The 40,000 solar system that was in today paper is of great idea but require alot of startup capital. More over they didn’t ask if the system has battery charging or just feeds into the grid. If does have feed in battery then it is most likely he totally off bl&p. If it just feed into the grid then he power he uses @ night is just taken away from his credit during the day. Now while it hasn’t been the driest dry season we typically do tend to have way more sunlight and higher intensities of it now than in the rainy season. so a true cost comparison could only be done after a year but i think he does more than break even on his power build. If correct components where sources average life of the system part is anywhere between 10-25 years. at which point he can replace with better parts. From the basis of the picture I would estimate he has 20 600watt panel for total take of 12kw.

    They is current a 45 million us loan from the Iadb for sustainable energy growth. Now this loan has no set procurement plan and was hand over in full last year. If converted strictly into similar system it would be 1125 homes. this would equal to about 13.5 Mw injection into the grid . this doesn’t take into account the reduction of cost in the mass buying of parts. the uk biggest wind offshore farm cost more than 1.4 us billion for the 100 3MW wind turbines + infrastructure the problem is that these are in shallow water. for deep water one the cost might double. so maybe 6 mw @ most. thought the 6 mw would be constant day long while the 13.5 mw would be only during the day. assume we get get wind 20 hr a day this would save us 19 million bds a year in fuel . assuming 8 hr of sunlight each day this would save 17.7 million bds a year in fuel. both calculated @ this month FCA.

    we can only hope the government puts the money to good use.


  14. Leh we ask the Nevisians and Dominicans if they would send us some cheap geothermal electricity if we gih them some cheap fares pun Redjet.

    The White House supports the idea of a submarine electrical interconnection to supply low cost renewable “green” energy from Nevis, West Indies to Puerto Rico. West Indies Power (WIP) proposes to supply geothermal energy to Puerto Rico in 2014/2015 via a 400km, 350kv, High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) submarine cable, similar to those that are already in use in Europe (Norway to Holland).

    West Indies Power (WIP) http://www.westindiespower.com is an independent power producer specializing in the development of geothermal energy in the Caribbean with geothermal development projects on Nevis/St. Kitts, Dominica, Saba and other Caribbean islands

    This is part of WIP’s “Caribbean Interconnect Project” whereby it is proposing to create a submarine electrical grid to supply electrical power from its geothermal power plants in Nevis, Dominica and Saba to the islands of the Caribbean including Puerto Rico.

    http://bajanreporter.com/white-house-supports-wips-proposed-nevis-puerto-rico-electrical-interconnection/


    • @BAFBFP

      Do you accept that there is likely to be a correlation between the price per barrel of oil trending upwards and the increase cost of production?

      Remember that lecture at Frank Collymore very well and the speaker invited the government to call on their expertise any time.


  15. sound like a good idea green monkey. though I think bl&p could invest captial (retained earning ) to build the plant and transmission infrastructure. It could end up being much cheaper then wind/solar. It who get to first that will benefit the most.


  16. Casual

    It is true that oil is loosely referred to as a commodity, but for me it is a mined substance, and once mined it cannot be regenerated like pork bellies and sugar. In my world that makes it a mineral.


  17. anthony

    About three years ago a Canadian expert presented a plan to the audience of the Sir Winston Scott Mem lecture that would see the conversion of as many houses as possible to mini-production plants (converting both wind and sunlight to electricity) that would feed excess energy back to the grid. The scheme was developed for developing countries with an abundance of sunlight and was called “Distributive Energy” not dissimilar to distributive processing in information technology. Min Estwick and the CEO of BL&P were both present and like everyone else clapped the end of the presentation. Unfortunately to date nothing further has been said on the subject.

    BTW To my way of thinking about spending 40G on panels for the roof, then what happens in very likely event of a category 3 or higher blow


  18. I suspect similar thing would happen to any powerplant or wind turbine, geothermal plant, they not made for that.


  19. @david

    cost for production has remained the same or gotten cheaper barring the increase cost in transportation and power which was derived by the increase in oil price


  20. @anthony

    Are you referencing cost of drilling? Isn’t accepted that drilling in deeper waters to locate oil is a more expensive proposition?


  21. @david

    with increases in technology makes it easier to get there and cheaper. make normal well drill far cheaper and in the end would offset any increase in production cost.


  22. @ David

    Yep David, it was an excellent lecture. People are asked to take on a problem, they do and draw up what seems to be a viable workable solution. Then there is silence. WTF is wrong with Governments?

    RE cost of production, without doing any research on the topic I could hazard that assuming the processes have not changed, then you’ll be speaking about the cost of spares, materials, utilities and labour all of which are subject to the devaluing position of the USD. I know read somewhere sometime ago that the refineries and ships are decades old and that there seems to be no real drive to replace these items in the short term.


  23. Anthony; Re. damage to Solar PV modules in Hurricanes. Could’nt the risk be reduced by some extent in medium and large systems by siting the modules on the ground (if you have a big enough yard) or by using the new bulletproof, hurricane proof fabric to cover and secure the modules in case of a hurricane warning where they are sited permanently, but flat, on a roof?

    I’m experimenting with a very small system from Pricesmart which works well and is on the roof. In case of a hurricane my plan is to remove the panels and store them under the cellar until the all clear and then reinstall them afterwards.

    Of course all bets would be off in case of an earthquake or similar disaster that comes on without warning.

    In essence, are’nt there strategies available to reduce the potential damage caused by hurricanes on PV systems?

    For those who can afford it, I think that your post and green monkey’s point the way for a reasonable alternative energy strategy for the future. But I think there must be a much more extensive buy in by the private sector, not just the Government and the Emera company alone, as any significant use of alternative energy by individual entities will put a dent in emera’s profits.

    There is enough information out there for a serious forward looking strategy to be developed in such a partnership, utilizing all configurations of alternate energy production by small scale individuals off grid, medium scale individuals, off grid and on grid, and large scale companies on grid.

    Is there any good reason why a consortium of black and other people with money could not get together re. alternative energy development, and provide some serious future competition for Emera as well as reducing the energy costs of individuals who buy into the system? (James Husbands and Adrian Elcock I’m looking at you)


  24. @checkitout

    putting them in the yard would still have at risk from flying debris. covering them with the via framing + material is possible though i don’t know if the additional bearing load via the wind would comprise the struture but it is possible and doable. just placing material with out framing would lead to pv still be broken from impact of flying debris.so i guess it method for protection. Most PV system are not in area which would experience hurricane strength winds so it never been an main stream issue for them. the best system would always be to store them indoor but that could be very complex task to do short space of time if you have a large system.

    Now if emera pay for the system what happen is the fuel portion of the bill goes replaces will only bl&p charges where they make profit from. FCA is just fuel cost and in no way contribute to profit of bl&P. So removing fca would reduce people bills by somewhere 40 – 60%. The cost to plant bl&p can increase by 1/3 and we still get way cheaper power than now + reduced dependence on oil while greatly increasing their actual profits.

    as for the last point there no reason not for it. the main problem with be start up cost are huge and hard to finance for ordinary people. If we look @ it as environmental loan it would be cheaper than most cars. So we need some people with huge capital to invest in the company and get it rolling out. This would then be offset via loan payments back. this of course could be backed with simple death insurance in case of extreme unforeseen circumstances. we just need the major capital to get the business off the ground.


  25. Anthony

    Nice that you have responded to queries on damage from high winds. You response as I understand it is that there is NO practical solution. So right there is the answer, solar panels are not the solution in these parts. What about vertical axis or any design of wind turbine that is not noisy?


  26. I would want to believe that it is possible to build some kind of protective metal grid to protect the PV panels, if they were located at ground level.
    Being in a hurricane zone has not stopped people from installing solar water heaters on their roofs.
    Why are you trying to pour cold water on this?


  27. Black Milk

    I produce and sell wind turbines … LOL! Wha’ cold water you talkin’ ’bout?! Water heaters are around 16 grand and decreasing if Don Marshall has his way. PVC systems are the price of a new small car and upwards.


  28. If you frame the panel so that the hurricane proof material ( airport covering ) use that frame as buffer area it can protect up to a level 3. The problem arise that that mass of frame + fabric will also create wind bearing loan on a structure. If the structure can survive it will be some complicated maths. If built with that in mind you should be good. So there is practical defence just it involves alot of engineering maths and can’t just be put up by anyone

    vertical wind turbine are of course not a noisy as there horizontal counterpart but the benefit come with reduce efficient generation electricity vs there horizontal counter parts. cost is also all over the place depend on design on who build it.
    http://www.vweltd.co.uk/English/view/Products/3
    that is almost 40k barabdos for 3 kw system. the solar does sound better solution now.

    http://www.reuk.co.uk/Solar-Roof-Tiles.htm

    makes these that stand roofing and we good 🙂


  29. Stronger than they look

    If you’re wondering what can happen to solar panels in a hurricane, take a look at the photo above: even as other parts of this Florida roof were torn away, the solar panels stayed firmly in place. Solar panels are surprisingly tough. The key is proper installation on a high quality roof.
    Keeping up to code

    If you live in an area that’s particularly prone to hurricanes, your insurance company and/or local building codes may require “hurricane proofing” of your solar panels. In Florida, for example, anything attached to a house has to comply with the Florida Building Code requirements for wind loads, which vary depending on the part of the state you live in. If you live on the southern coast, your solar panels will have to be installed to withstand the pressure of 150 mph winds. Your installer will know your local requirements and will take all the steps necessary to install the panels properly.

    http://1bog.org/yes-solar-panels-can-survive-a-hurricane/


  30. what water heater cost 16K unless you buying 3-4. you been robbed. wow didn’t think they could take the hit. they did get hit by flying debris or just wind would be an interesting question.


  31. @BAFBFP
    I never suspected, I though you were a BL&P shareholder. 🙂

    I might be unlucky but, I am yet to buy a car that didn’t end up costing me more and more money to keep it on the road, the longer I kept it.
    I wonder if getting a loan for this would be as easy as getting a car loan?

    I can remember James Husbands on tv striking a solar panel with a hammer shouting break break break. So it might be possible to get glass that is more resistant.


  32. Reduce ravenous consumption you say?

    Now what am I supposed to do with this 50” flat screen?

    Do you really believe that the whole family could watch one show on the tv together? Joke, everybody must have their own tv to watch whatever they like, whenever they like.

    You trying to tell me that I must only turn on the computer to check emails and then turn it off as soon as I am finished?

    Do you understand that I have some nosy neighbours so that is why I have to use the dryer instead of hanging my clothes outside, suppose I hang them outside and there is a sudden downpour, who will run outside to pick them up?

    You think that I can turn of these security lights with the criminals roaming about the place?

    Have you ever noticed that the gas always runs out when the pot is half done? That is the main reason I switched to an electric stove, now you suggesting that I go back to a gas stove to try and save money. You forget that bottle gas going up every other week now?
    Um ain’t so easy old boy. c.c

    It has been said that BL&P do not benefit from increases in the FAC, so who is grinning from ear to ear every time it does? Seems like we keep returning to this same position no matter how far we progress.

    Life is really a cycle.


  33. Increase @ fca benefits the government via excise tax and vat and the people who we buy oil from Trinidad. Increase in any light bill also benefit government via vat and corporation tax.


  34. Thank you kind sir.
    It would appear that this is not known to, or is ignored by many.

    I hope that you have not revealed a state secret, that will lessen the chances of success, in generating much needed goodwill in the not too distant future.


  35. from the before slavery we have seen how the rich (white) view us (black) and they would always dangle a bone infront of us. we who were greedy would grab the bone to our detriment… likewise the sale of the shares in the a Light and Power. As usually the white man from over-in-away is literally laughing at us. why must we be so naive, gullible, stupid and backward? we grew up with this fallacy… we have children, grandchildren and we haven’t learned? for heaven’s sake, when will we grow up? can we not have messages broadcast over and over again about the need to safe-guard our heritage for our beloved children? we sell out everything… we cannot go to st. lucia, trinidad, bermuda, antigua, etc and buy land but we let any and EVERYONE come here and we prostitute or heritage to them. we let anyone with white skin come and talk us into selling our heritage. has no one told us yet that we can think for ourselves? make our own decisions? do we not yet know that massa day done? why are we selling out our value like that. look at the barbados national bank… we sold that and now look at the genre of staff.. look at the ones holding leadership posts… look at the colour of the skins (in the world of the black man, the yellow is king) we must be a stupid people


  36. This is an easily understood concept; that of diversifying our energy resources. It is not easy. This has been demonstrated in the USA where the use of more fuel efficient motor vehicles was pooh- poohed until the Detroit car crash. Americans laughed at Europeans who were paying large sums for the Imperial gallon and driving four cylinder cars if they were not riding or using public transport. In Barbados and other Caribbean countries we ape America in these matters as well. Our political leadership appears to be more willing to sell out and lie about it. They get away with it too. When the chickens come home to roost, they may get voted out and may then become pundits on the failures of their successors who start their own cycle of deceit.
    Pages such as this one allow the expression of ideas which may seem to be kooky to many. While the risk of a sell out is always a probability/eventuality/inevitability, there is always a little room for trust. Betrayal of trust may sometimes be followed by forgiveness but never by another opportunity for betrayal.


  37. What happen to the people on this blog is the fact that they are so shame now about the mistake they made in selling all their shares to EMERA, they are now trying to switch the subject to alternative energy.

    This is only the beginning, EMERA has us by the balls and they are now starting to squeeze them and they is nothing we can do about it. We are now like the people in the DR.


  38. 31.27 C$
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    Volume109,032
    Apr 12, 2011 4:00:00

    52-week High 32.83 01/12
    52-week Low 23.29 05/07

    Bajans in Canada can monitor the stock and buy at the next low which should be in the summer.


  39. I have got a question

    BL&P stated that the cost of electricity is going to increase by 10% on the next bill, can Mr. Worme inform Barbadain why is that IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT I HAVE been reliably inforned that the company is using diesel from an old stock.

    What is the role of the Fair Trading Commision in this instance ?

    I have installed energy efficient bulbs and yet i see no difference in the number of of kilowat used.

    It is time barbadian comsumers pay closer to BL&P as it appears to join the list of price gouging aided and abetted by the Fair Tading Commmission.

    has the goverrnment gone to sleep on the high prices in barbados?

    Waiting for answers.


  40. Minister Sinckler promises that an adjustment will be made to the excise tax. The ravenous consumption will soon get another blessing.


  41. Is it not the same ravenous consumption that has allowed thousands to remain employed during these difficult times?

    Barbados has been ravenously consuming for ages and in despite all the pretty talk, the powers that be are not going to retire that model any time soon.


  42. We must not approach the issue of alternative energy in a simplistic manner. New tech is always expensive and therefore wayabove the means of small economies in either public or private sector. Early tech is replaced by better versions that become cheaper down the road. Would it make sense to rush and purchase these new technologies, and then find them obsolete in five years. There is no track record to allow for making a judgment on cost of replacements.

    As for the BL&P and Emera debacle. Others have pointed out that that rate increase was suspicious in the light of the fact that there is no profit loss registered by BL&P, and a mere months after getting the increase, Emera appears. Not good. The fact that a gov’t could allow utility increases during a recession, on a commodity that does not lose much because it is a necessity is a scandal. People bills through the roof. My light bill went up 150 with another rise due now. Old people face light bills of over 100 and living on pensions. This gov’t is wicked, wicked.


  43. Consume, this is what we have been taught, it is what we know, that is what we do.
    Producing for the national good is anathema to most of us.
    I lie?


  44. The Minister of Housing brags about the number of houses this Government has constructed since coming to office, how often have he outlined a policy decision, that allows prospective owners of these houses to access low cost funding for alternative energy systems?

    Alternative energy is currently out of reach of the average consumer. BL&P therefore has a captive market and is guaranteed a fixed return on its inputs (?).

    What incentive do they then have to change this golden hen?


  45. 🙁

    How many people understand the what the FCA does. Do people understand they must keep a certain level of reserves on the oil on the island in case the tanker breaks down or no deliveries for 2 months. The increase has nothing to do with emera want more profit. the increase is due to the FCA. the FCA is cost collecting measure only. As I said above only people who earn money from it is government and trinidad. Maybe we need to do education blog david i am lost as to why people don’t understand what the FCA is and does.


  46. I’m all for green energy, especially for individual domestic systems tied to a feedback tariff, however wind and solar cannot securely support our national baseload.

    Why has no-one mentioned wave energy?

    A north or east coast array would supply uninterruptible power 24/7/365 and be hurricane resistant.


  47. anthony,
    Did I not imply yesterday that this was almost a state secret?

    You must have realised by now that people will believe what they want or are led to believe.

    Granny will be most grateful for the few crumbs RRH gives her, because granny is not aware that her beloved RRH and not the BBW, is responsible for taking the loaf from the basket every month.


  48. The government by way of taxes makes more money out of a barrel of oil, than BP or Exxon. The same goes for motor vehicles.
    During the passage of TS Tomas, many were forced to run their own generators due to storm damage to power lines, perhaps they could tell us how their fuel costs compared to BL&P’s


  49. @ BAFBFP
    A mineral is a naturally occurring solid with specific crystal structure and chemical composition. Oil is a liquid and does not meet the definition


  50. Worme is a notorious liar and the thing about it he appears to fool Black Bajans all the time.

    Are we so stupid? If Worme tells you two words, one is a lie. The entire Management team at the Barbados Light and Power are a bunch of deceitful, lying people. I don’t know how they sleep at night.

    They have been robbing Black people for years now and getting away with it!


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