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Energy Issues Take Center Stage in St. Kitts and Nevis.

On Friday, December 2, 2011, the Energy Department, within the Ministry of Public Utilities, teamed up with the Organization of American States, the European Union, CARICOM and local energy stakeholders, to hold a street fair “Energy EXPO” in the heart of Basseterre, St. Kitts, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Energy EXPO was the final event in a series of other events that started during the St. kitts/Nevis Energy Week that was held from November 6-11, 2011.
The event brought together providers of renewable energy and energy efficient products and/or services to display their goods and to allow participants to meet all of the important players in the Energy Sector in the Federation.It also provided a golden opportunity for public education regarding a number of issues relating to energy. Members of the public to include school children, office workers and energy enthusiasts interacted with each other and exchanged views on matters relating to conservation and the future development of alternative energy in the Federation.
Speaking at the opening of the event, OAS Representative in St. Kitts and Nevis Mr. Starret Greene said that because energy was available in so many forms, civilization had made great leaps forward and mankind was able to do extraordinary things.

Addressing the issue of energy efficiency, Mr. Greene told his audience that conservation was the key to realizing sustainable energy for economic security and that deliberate effort to conserve energy was the right response. The OAS Diplomat said that turning off lights that were not in use, keeping doors and windows closed while the air conditioning unit was operating, purchasing energy efficient appliances to replace old inefficient ones, turning off televisions that were not being watched and unplugging appliance that were not in use, constituted a significant amount of energy savings.

Mr. Greene expressed the OAS’s support for the Federation’s efforts to harness its natural and alternative sources of energy that included geothermal, wind, solar and waste to energy. Mr. Greene noted that the wind, earth and sun were the richest sources of unlimited energy which he said was clean, renewable and less expensive to produce. He told his audience that good management of energy resources would make energy sustainable and would also help the twin island country to achieve energy independence and, by extension, economic security.


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