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Energy independence begins now, says Nevis premier

Premier of Nevis, Joseph Parry, says his administration is committed to energy independence for Nevis. The leader of Nevis made the statement during his weekly radio program “In Touch with the Premier” on Tuesday.

According to Parry, geothermal energy will play a key role in powering Nevis’s future with energy generated from heat stored deep in the earth.

“Geothermal energy will be cleaner, cheaper and better for the people of Nevis, with a savings of 40% on electricity bills. There will also be a potential of over 100 jobs to lay down roads, pipelines, power plants and transmission lines, which will have to be built to transport power from the geothermal source,” said Parry.

Carlisle Powell, Junior Minister for Natural Resources, defended the NRP administration’s commitment to the geothermal energy project saying, “The pending US$57 million dollar loan from Ex-Im Bank in the United States is a necessary investment in an energy independent future for Nevis.”

Meanwhile, a public awareness campaign has unveiled a number of billboards placed across the island in an attempt to inform residents on Nevis of the many benefits that geothermal energy will bring for electricity consumers.

In an effort to promote the renewable energy source, a week of activities has been slated. On Thursday, popular radio programs will feature geothermal energy as their theme. On Friday there will be a geothermal block party in Charlestown, with music, food, drinks and giveaways of bumper stickers, t-shirts and brochures. A motorcade will take place on Saturday around Nevis. On Sunday, special messages on geothermal will take place at a number of churches on the island and on Monday, activities conclude with a Geothermal Jouvert troupe, as part of the Winfest activities.

 

Source: Caribbean News Now



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