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Bahamas turns to renewable energy

Renewable energy for The Bahamas is 8 to 18 months away from implementation, Water and Sewerage(WSC) executives confirm, with the framework and legislation to be considered throughout the second quarter of 2011.

That’s the amount of time, said WSC Acting General Manager Glen Laville, that’s needed to work out the kinks before anything is implemented on a national basis.

“The national energy policy committee is essentially finishing their second report,” he said earlier this week at a preliminary meeting of the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum(CREF).”Once that is done it goes to Cabinet[and]once that policy is approved, along with the sustainable energy plant, then we can start getting that into implementation.

“You’re looking at a period of say 8 to 18 months.”

He said discussions with stakeholders were taking place in terms of getting all the regulatory reforms in place, which include an independent regulator and a renewable energy act, among other things. In the first eight months there’ll be the consideration of approvals of the framework and the legislation. Laville also notes that certain parts of the legislation may be implemented earlier than others.

“For instance, you may have a renewable energy act that may be able to come earlier than say a new energy law,”he explained.”Then you have to give[the Utilities Regulations and Competition Authority]time to resource itself to regulate the sector, whether or not there are interim things to do.”

It’s that kind of interim work that will be decided over the 18-month timeline.


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