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Admidst Delays, Gov’t Promises Green Energy


BVI Electricity Corporation General Manager Leroy Abraham told a room full of Caribbean energy regulators Tuesday night that the Virgin Islands has completed its “flirtation and courtship” with renewable energy.


Solar street lights were recently installed in front of the Central Administration Building in Road Town. Photo: KEN SILVA


Now he’s just waiting on Communications and Works Minister Mark Vanterpool to issue him a “marriage licence,” Mr. Abraham joked, referring to a long-promised change in the BVIEC’s 1979 Ordinance that would allow consumers to use solar panels and wind turbines to produce their own power.


Hearing a laugh from audience members — who were attending the opening ceremony of a conference of the Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation at Maria’s by the Sea — Mr. Abraham, noted that the post-ceremony cocktail reception would serve as alternative energy’s “wedding reception” in the VI.


CARILEC represents 99 members across the region, including utilities and their government regulators.


Tuesday’s session, which was followed by a daylong session yesterday to exchange ideas, was preceded by a separate CARILEC forum focused on increasing renewable energy use in the Caribbean.


Mr. Abraham said that the BVIEC is in the “final stages” of a plan that would allow up to 15 percent of the territory’s average peak electricity demand — about five megawatts — to be produced from renewable sources.




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