Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says the much anticipated construction of a 360-megawatt electricity capacity plant will commence this calendar year.
The Governor General, who was delivering the Throne Speech to mark the opening of the 2013/14 Parliamentary Year at Gordon House on Thursday morning, April 4, said the new facility will replace “the existing old and inefficient” 292-megawatt plant at Old Harbour.
He noted that an essential platform for growth is more reliable and less expensive electricity to consumers.
“This is important to make the production of our goods and services more cost competitive,” he said.
He further explained that the Government will shortly open bids for the provision of up to 115 megawatts of electricity capacity from renewable sources such as solar energy, wind, water, and wastes. This will serve to diversify the island’s source of fuel and reduce its foreign exchange expenditure over the medium to long-term, he outlined.
Noting that the energy problem cannot be fully addressed by focusing only on the supply side, he pointed to a need for conservation measures.
“We must also achieve a reduction in the consumption of electricity through conservation regardless of the fuel source. This has to be done across the board in homes, public and private offices, farms, factories, hotels and schools,” he said.
The Governor General pointed to the energy efficiency and conservation programme implemented by the Government last year, with financial support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), as part of efforts to address the problem.
By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter