Category: Energy

We need to get back to waste to energy – Worrell

A Government legislator wants to place waste to energy back on the table as a priority for national discussion, just over a year after one such project collapsed spectacularly in the wake of public opposition. Issuing the call on Wednesday during debate in the Senate on the Offshore Petroleum (Amendment) Bill 2017, Senator Andre Worrell […]

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Barbados has eyes on Norway

Barbados is looking to adopt the Norwegian model of managing its oil and gas sector, with Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for energy Senator Darcy Boyce arguing the Scandinavian country’s method was a sustainable way of doing things. “They have pressed with their energy efficiency, they have pressed ahead with […]

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Government hopes to save millions in electricity costs

Government is hoping to shave $2 – 3 million off the country’s electricity bill annually with the implementation of its US$24.6 million Public Sector Smart Energy Programme (PSPP). On Friday the Ministry of Energy and the Barbados Light & Power Company (BL&P) paved the way for the programme to go ahead, which will include the […]

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Bajans embracing energy efficient solutions

With oil prices continuing to rise and adversely impacting the cost of fuel-generated electricity, local alternative energy companies are reporting that more Barbadians are seeking energy efficient solutions to reduce their light bills. Some are switching to more modern and fuel-efficient lighting in and around their homes, while others are going all the way and […]

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Inniss to look at permanent RER rates

The prayers of businessman Ralph Bizzy Williams and other renewable energy industry players, for the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) to establish a set price for electricity produced from renewable energy sources, could soon be answered. Giving his support for a permanent tariff rate, Minister of Industry Donville Inniss said he would be engaging the FTC […]

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Proposed natural gas hike ‘non-negotiable’, warns Stuart

With the state-run National Petroleum Corporation (NPC) currently projecting a loss of about $4.7 million next year, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart Friday warned ahead of Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler’s much-anticipated Budget presentation later this month that “some kind of rate increase” would be coming to help NPC meet its financial obligations and effectively carry out […]

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Oil brush

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart seems to have brushed aside a recommendation by the recently established Fiscal Deficit Committee to sell the Barbados National Oil Company Limited (BNOCL) and the National Petroleum Corporation (NPC). Instead, Government will proceed with the planned merger of the two state-owned entities (SOEs). Opening debate on the National Petroleum Corporation Amendment […]

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Sutherland calls for a sustainable energy plan

Member of Parliament for St George South Dwight Sutherland has given the Ministry of Energy a failing grade for its oversight of the renewable energy sector. At the same time, he has called for a clear proposal to be presented by the Freundel Stuart administration on the proposed amalgamation of the National Petroleum Corporation (NPC) […]

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Madness!

Cooking with natural gas is about to become more expensive for Barbadians, who are being told to expect a price increase.    Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss Wednesday announced that the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy were in the final stages of discussions on an increase in natural gas rates, something […]

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Change coming

Barbados could be in for a revolution of sorts. Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce & Small Business Development Donville Inniss revealed Tuesday that the island was at “a very advanced stage” in terms of its development of practical renewable energy proposals, while stating that Government’s intention was to fully transform the industrial sector. He was […]

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Energy to create wealth

More opportunities are opening up for ordinary Barbadians to make money from generating renewable energy. This is the view of President of the Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA) Aidan Rogers. In an interview with Barbados TODAY, he said a decision by the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) earlier this year has created a new window of opportunity […]

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It’s unjust

The proposed construction of a multi-million dollar Canadian-owned solar farm on lands at Waterford Plantation, St Michael is getting some serious heat from leading local stakeholders and interest groups, including Williams Industries Chairman Ralph Bizzy Williams. Canadian energy company Deltro Group has applied for planning permission to build a 20 megawatt solar farm on 70 […]

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DELTRO blames setbacks for project delay

With a promised multi-million dollar renewable energy facility yet to get off the ground, the Canadian energy firm which last year pledged “much cheaper” energy than what Barbadians were paying to Barbados Light & Power is seeking to reassure the country that the sun has not gone down on the project. When DELTRO Group Ltd […]

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Venezuela’s oil offer still stands – ambassador

The door is still open for Barbados to purchase oil under the PetroCaribe agreement at generous preferential terms, resident Head of Mission at the Venezuelan Embassy Franciso Perez Santana has said. Dismissing concern that prevailing turmoil in the Spanish-speaking country had put a damper on the oil deal sealed 11 years ago, Santana insisted the […]

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No TT fumes

It’s just a matter of logistics. That was how Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Energy Senator Darcy Boyce has sought to explain Barbados’ decision to purchase Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from the United States instead of its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) neighbour Trinidad and Tobago. Boyce said Barbados did not […]

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New fuel price list

Barbadians are paying less of petroleum products except kerosene. As of midnight Sunday, kerosene went up by a cent and now costs $0.81cents. The retail price of gasoline moved from $2.69 per litre to $2.58 per litre, while the price of diesel will drop from $1.82 per litre to $1.77 per litre. These represent decreases […]

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BREA wants answers

The local non government organization that focuses on renewable energy is demanding answers from Government on a $26 million solar energy manufacturing plant to be established here by April 2016 by Canadian energy firm DELTRO Group. The Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA) has called on the Freundel Stuart administration to disclose what special concessions were […]

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