Tag Archives: Renewable Energy

A Practical, Consistent Strategy for Renewables is Urgently Needed

The following was pulled from former Governor DeLisle Worrell’s website (thanks Amit) – David, blogmaster In an informed front page editorial on November 25, the Barbados Advocate had this to say about the power outage crisis in Barbados: “[Emera, the Canadian parent of the Barbados Light and Power Company] chose to invest in Barbados, acquiring control of the sole generator

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Former Central Bank Governor Road Map and Action Plan for Renewables a PRIORITY

Is it the fertile imagination of this blogmaster the urgency to implement an aggressive alternative energy strategy has gone off the boil since the Mottley government has taken office? All sensible people are supportive of an aggressive adoption of such a strategy for the several benefits discussed on BU’s pages and elsewhere. What is the latest? According to former Governor

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The RE in RERE

BU commenter sirFuzzy posted the following comment to the blog Prime Minister Mottley Talks Digital @BITT Conference. @BU David, may i suggest a blog on REnewable energy. it is a longer term focus but it is a good “RE” with almost guaranteed payback. With the trade wars between China and US adding pressure plus USA potential backlash on any country buying

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No Backup Generators at the BWA in 2017!

This week a radio commentator made the observation that if there is credit this government has earned it has to be implementing policy to encourage the installation of  photovoltaic systems by the retail and commercial customer. BU agrees with a caveat. Based on observation the biggest consumers of electricity in Barbados must be the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) and

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Expanding the Renewable Energy Rider

Submitted by Tony (kite) Gibbs The rapid deployment of PV in recent times has taken many by surprise. This is because its true potential has been consistently underestimated by policy makers, planners and industry participants alike. But while this is no longer the case, all we can now hope for is that industry stakeholders recognize the major challenges – technological,

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Barbados Renewable Energy Program–A Case of the Tail Wagging the Dog

The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) recently ruled on the motion for review of the billing arrangement and metering option of the Renewable Energy Rider  (RER) – see FTC Order and Decision . The RER is a mechanism established by government to facilitate the sale of surplus electricity to the grid supplied by customers with Renewable Energy (RE)  systems. The government

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Understanding Government’s Energy Plan

The BU household is not comprised of the sharpess  ‘blackled’ in the case therefore understanding government’s energy diversification strategy after six years in office has become somewhat of a mystery.  If it is a key policy measure to restructure the economy we are not ‘feeling’ it. State entities are the largest consumers of fossil energy in Barbados,. Barbados Water Authority

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Energy in Renewable Energy

Now that the outcry over government’s decision to make UWI students pay tuition cost has abated, there is the opportunity to debate the issue unhinged from political rhetoric. Let us keep hope alive! At  a recent address to the CARILEC Renewable Energy Conference Minister of Energy Darcy Boyce stated that although he understands the industry is of national importance, government

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Are BOTH Major Political Parties Capable of Lifting the Political Debate?

BU is disappointed that despite the Barbados economy being gripped in a protracted depressed global economy, the national political debate continues to be about privatization, and of late, the poorakey behaviour unleashed in parliament last week. BU joins with ordinary Barbadians to suggest worthy topics deserving of national debate: How do we increase productivity in all sectors? Making our governance

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Generating and Protecting Our Forex

It is unfortunate that when some of us try to engage in a constructive debate about the economy, motivated only by love of country, others trivialize the attempt because they are blinded by party colours. BU continues to be disappointed that despite the protracted volatility of the global economy, it seems to be having a null effect on the mindset

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Chief Marketing Officer Stephen Worme, Barbadians Want To Examine The Analysis On Solar Energy

As part of a pilot programme, BL&P has introduced a Renewable Energy Rider “to permit small customer-owned wind and solar photovoltaic systems to connect to the grid” to generate electricity for their own use and sell surplus back to BL&P. Provision was made for up to 200 connections but the last public report I saw suggested that less than 10

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Oh No Minister Kellman

Here is what is being written on Kammie Holder’s Facebook Page about a speech delivered recently by new Minister of the Environment: Ministers of governments must do research before just reading any speech prepared for them.  The money we will put in a Waste to Energy plant  can be better utilized in Renewable Energy. Where will the toxic dioxin be

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