Overhaul renewable energy sector
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.
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.