CHARLESTOWN: Renewable Energy Minister in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), Carlisle Powell, said Nevis had made significant strides in the sector of sustainable energy development.
Powell made his remarks during an address in observation of CARICOM Energy Week 2012, held last week under the theme “Sustainable Energy, Powering a Green Economy”.
Powell, who is also responsible for Public Utilities and the Environment, stated that the NIA was pleased to be associated with the theme and addressed the areas since 2006, in which the Administration had aggressively pursued sustainable energy.
“We successfully implemented the first and only operating wind farm in the Organization of East Caribbean States (OECS); we are still very much on track in pursuing the development of geothermal energy and are working with our legal team to remove the legal impediments.
“The NIA introduced a policy of granting concessions for solar water heaters and continue to encourage residents and people of Nevis to pursue other renewable energy alternatives such as solar photo voltaic. Along with St. Kitts we have successfully implemented a National Energy Policy which is guiding our path to sustainable energy and power our green economy,” said Powell.
In addition, Powell addressed the Administration’s initiative to diversify the island’s energy portfolio, which would bring cheaper energy to the people of Nevis.
“The oil fuel storage facility is our most recent pursuit which will diversify our energy portfolio and bring cheaper energy to our people by removing the fuel surcharge with the use of products such as Liquid Natural Gas (LNG),” he said. “This project will provide training, lots of jobs and project our economic and energy security for many generations to come. The developers and their technical team are currently working on a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment and designs to ensure that this project is implemented with the highest standard.”
Powell said the Administration is continuing to work with strategic partners, including the Organization of American States (OAS), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the OECS Secretariat and CARICOM with the development of programs and projects in the education of the people of Nevis on sustainable energy and energy efficiency.
The minister also used the opportunity to thank the Administration’s partners in its quest for sustainable energy.
“We are also participating in a regional project entitled ‘Sustainable Energy Technical Assistance (SETA) for a Competitive OECS’ to develop sub regional and national energy efficiency strategies and action plans for the OECS countries such as St. Kitts & Nevis, funded by the CDB.
“We want to express thanks again for the support of these institutions as the NIA continues on its course to sustainable energy development and a green economy,” said Powell.