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PURSUING ENERGY POTENTIAL AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

PURSUING ENERGY POTENTIAL AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Grenada’s Minister of Finance speaks min-nazim-burkestrongly concerning Grenada’s pursuit of Energy Poverty Reduction, Petroleum Exploration, Relief , Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Energy Education and Sensitization, Use of Renewable Energy and the Sustainable Use of Energy regardless of its source.

Energy Poverty Reduction.

According to Minister Nazim Burke,  it is imperative that Grenada develops, and implement a sustainable energy policy. This policy is currently being prepared. It will emphasize energy conservation and the promotion of indigenous sources of energy, both renewable and non-renewable, to reduce our dependence on imported fuels. “There is a part of our society which can be referred to as “Energy Poor”. Such persons are forced to cook with wood or kerosene-fuelled stoves presenting a health and safety hazard to their households and neighbors. This Government is committed to ensuring that energy is available, accessible, and affordable to all. Consequently, we shall aim to end this form of energy poverty within the next three years.” Said Minister Burke. “To this end, the Energy and Sustainable Development Division of the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the Ministries of Social Development and Labor, will work to reduce the number of families that are considered Energy Poor”. These families deserve to enjoy all the benefits associated with easier access to higher quality energy services. Energy must be available to all, for their convenience, comfort, and good health! Grenada proposes to fund this initiative under the PetroCaribe arrangements”

Energy Conservation and Efficiency

Minister Burke stated that the Government of Grenada will lead by example in the area of Energy Conservation, and will undertake Energy Audits of all government buildings to identify areas where energy is being wasted or used inefficiently and implement Energy Conservation Opportunities and Measures (ECOMS). The New Government of Grenada intends to establish Energy Committees in various ministries to work along with the Energy and Sustainable Development Division to devise implement and monitor Energy Conservation Plans.

We believe that at least 10% of the Government’s current energy bill (in electricity and transport) could be reduced with these actions. The Minister went on to say that Grenada’s biggest challenge will not be the energy audits, but change in human behavior towards more efficient energy use. Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency is good for our pockets and the environment with which we have been entrusted. Every kilowatt saved, every gallon saved means less greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

Energy Education

The Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance, Planning, Economy, Energy, Foreign Trade, and Cooperatives, has embarked upon an Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency Education and Sensitization Programme on radio and on television. The campaign will sensitize consumers by providing energy guidelines and tips to assist with the purchase of new appliances and equipment for use in the residential, commercial and transportation sectors.

Renewable Energy

The Honorable Minister further stated that our energy needs will grow as our economy expands. Our development challenge is to be more efficient; use less or the same quantity of energy to produce more. In the agricultural sector, Government will encourage the local manufacture or assembly of solar dryers. These dryers can be used to dry mace, cocoa, sorrel, ginger, and other fruits. We will also promote the use of biogas digesters for energy recovery from animal and agricultural wastes. Government will provide a menu of incentives on the inputs required to build or install solar dryers, solar stills, and Biogas Digesters (the designs must first be approved by the Energy and Sustainable Development Division).

Government intends to promote the use of energy efficient lighting, equipment and appliances. To this end, Government intends to reduce the duties on compact fluorescent lights, and other energy efficient products, to encourage greater use of same.Very recently, Government introduced measures to remove or zero rate the applicable GCT on Solar Water Heaters. We will extend this relief to other renewable technologies also, as we seek to become more energy independent.

Petroleum Exploration

 

In the area of energy development, Minister Burke stated that Petroleum exploration and development has the potential to revolutionize Grenada’s entire economy. Shortly, Grenada will recommence technical discussions with the Government of Trinidad & Tobago on the Delimitation of our Maritime Boundaries. These talks are the result of the state visit of Grenada’s esteemed Prime Minister to Trinidad and Tobago in August of 2008. At that time, the two countries agreed to establish commissions for this purpose.The finalization of these negotiations would pave the way for the maximum exploitation of our potential hydrocarbon reserves within Grenada’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Government will strengthen the legal and institutional frameworks to facilitate petroleum Exploration and development. Grenada is seeking technical assistance to help us develop an appropriate, adequate, and relevant database to maximize our revenue earning capacity from this sector. The Government of Grenada’s ultimate objective is to transform our economy from being an importer to becoming a producer and exporter of Oil and Gas.

 

Matthew Simon

Energy Division .

ST GEORGE

GRENADA W.I

 

 




 

 

 

Grand Anse, Grenada

Grand Anse, Grenada




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