Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has said that the Government will be redoubling its efforts to resolve the country’s energy problems.
“The high price of energy has negatively affected our economic performance over many years. The significant rise in oil prices has not been matched by similar increases in the value of our country’s exports and has had a devastating effect on our economy…as a consequence of this enormous challenge to our economic viability, the Government will lead the drive to solve our energy problem,” he said.
The Governor-General was delivering the Throne Speech at Gordon House on Thursday to mark the start of the new Parliamentary year.
He said the attack on the energy problem will be focused on there placement of fuel oil with natural gas and or/coal for the bauxite/alumina and electricity-generating sectors;inculcating an ethic of conservation with the state leading by example; and ensuring greater efficiency in the distribution of electricity.
He further noted that support for the use of indigenous renewable resources such as water, wind and sunlight, as well as the conversion of waste to energy, will be pursued.
The government will also seek to rationalise the transportation system over the medium to longer-term, as a means of reducing the use of fuel.
By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter