DLP gov’t to boost green energy
If the Democratic Labour Party is returned to government on Thursday, it plans to unveil details of a major renewable energy initiative two months thereafter, which has the potential to provide substantial employment in Barbados.
And, as indicated by the party’s St. Michael North East candidate, Patricia Inniss during a mass meeting at Grazettes last night, imports of at least one renewable energy tool had been increasing every year since the DLP came to power in 2008.
Inniss, a professional biochemist and renewable energy activist, told the moderate crowd that under the Owen Arthur Administration, imports of photovoltaic units averaged $1,011 annually, between 2000 and 2007. But she revealed that after the Dems took over, photovoltaic imports rose substantially every year until now.
“When the Democratic Labour Party came into power in the face of the worse recession and with a debt burden of $700 million, we were able to increase photovoltaic imports…; in 2009, $233,000; in 2010, $539,000; 2011, $574,000, and two months ago, $3.4 million in imports,” the prospective MP announced.
“We reduced the income tax bracket for the use of these things,” added Inniss.
She suggested that Barbados “would go into other Caribbean islands with our photovoltaic”.
The biochemist noted that Barbados’ renewable energy thrust would become even more energetic and beneficial to Barbadians, when the proposed Light & Power Act is passed in Parliament by a new DLP regime.
She said her party had to be sure Barbadians were getting a fair rate for renewable energy sold to the Barbados Light & Power Company and that the company was also receiving a fair return.
Inniss also recalled that when the DLP came into office in 2008, the Barbados National Oil Company was in debt of over $200 million with the Arthur Administration subsidising it.
“The BLP talking about subsidising. They bought oil for more than it cost. We will be in ducks guts if the BLP is returned and subsidises BNOC again,” declared the St. Michael North East candidate.
She told the supporters that it was the DLP which saved the oil company, allowing it to make a small profit for the first time in years.
“The Barbados National Oil Company still has to pay back that $200 million and it is slowly paying it back. After assaulting the oil company, Owen wants to come back again?” asked Inniss.
“What has made fuel high is a terminal price cost put onto the fuel. Blame the BLP,” argued the parliamentary hopeful. (EJ)††