Over­haul re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Opinion - – MICHAEL RAY

On yet an­other oc­ca­sion, Ralph “Bizzy” Wil­liams has been fea­tured in the news me­dia on the mat­ter of re­new­able en­ergy, with a plan that “would see all houses hav­ing free elec­tric­ity”.

I al­ways be­lieved that Wil­liams pos­sesses vast and var­ied busi­ness acu­men and un­der­stood the crit­i­cal role Govern­ment ap­pa­ra­tus and agents played in the suc­cess of such busi­ness ven­tures.

Let me say that the plan as pro­posed by Wil­liams de­serves the whole­hearted sup­port of each cit­i­zen.

For some un­known rea­son, men­tion was made of three en­ti­ties only that must be on-board to lend sup­port for the suc­cess of the plan.

Un­for­tu­nately, he only men­tioned The Bar­ba­dos Light & Power Com­pany, com­mer­cial banks and the Fair Trad­ing Com­mis­sion but omit­ted Govern­ment and some of its agen­cies such as Town and Coun­try Plan­ning and the Elec­tri­cal Depart­ment.

In­deed, Govern­ment should have been the first en­tity men­tioned to bring fa­cil­i­ta­tion and sup­port for any such plan.

Amend reg­u­la­tions

The Cabi­net and other rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the peo­ple sit­ting in the Houses of Par­lia­ment are those who pos­sess the power and the where­with­all to see that the laws, rules and reg­u­la­tions re­lated to pro­duc­tion, con­sump­tion and price of re­new­able en­ergy are amended to fa­cil­i­tate eas­ier ac­cess to the com­mod­ity than what is cur­rently avail­able.

The stran­gle­holds that con­tinue to im­pose upon the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor must be let loose, oth­er­wise the promises printed in man­i­festos about green en­ergy and a green econ­omy may never see the light of day.

For Wil­liams’ plan to be suc­cess­ful, there has to be, first and fore­most, a re­view and over­haul of sev­eral reg­u­la­tory pro­vi­sions of the re­new­able en­ergy regime led by Govern­ment and the rel­e­vant agency.

The Bar­ba­dos econ­omy and Bar­ba­di­ans de­serve bet­ter.

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