Bajans waste too much energy – Boyce

Barbadians are being asked to cut down on their energy use to help the country cope with the current drought.

“One of the ways we believe we can make Barbados better and stronger is to focus on energy, how do we make ourselves independent of the rest of the world when it comes to energy.

“By the way, making ourselves independent of the rest of the world when it comes to energy also helps us to develop a resilience to drought in our water supply that we have to talk about as well,” Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for energy Senator Darcy Boyce told a youth energy forum on Sustainable Energy: Reflecting on the Past, Looking to the Future, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre Thursday morning.

Boyce placed a number of options of the table, beginning with the economical use of water.

He told the young people attending the forum that the water services consumed more electricity that any other service because the water is pumped from underground systems.

Therefore, he said, a reduction in water usage will also result in savings on electricity.

For about a year now, residents in a number of parishes, particularly in the north and east of the island, have been experiencing various degrees of water outages blamed on the ongoing drought.

So dire was the situation that, earlier this year the Barbados Water Authority imposed a temporary ban on the use of water for a wide range of activities, including watering of gardens, lawns and grounds, as well as the washing of pavements and vehicles by hose.

The Freundel Stuart administration also recently agreed to import about two million litres of river water from Suriname in a trial shipment due to arrive here in time for Independence.

Boyce told the students the water shortages could also be eased through the effective use of the sewerage treatment systems.

“We have some sewerage systems, which we have to improve and move them to tertiary treatment stage . . . . If we go tertiary treatment in those sewerage systems we generate water that can recharge the aquifers and used for irrigation, and therefore to improve our agriculture. If we take the purified solids out of that treatment system, those purified solids can be used as biomass to generate electricity on an ongoing basis. All these are opportunities,” the spokesman on energy said.

He also promoted exploiting of ocean thermal energy for both electricity and potable water, “which then puts the matter of drought a lit bit further from us.

“We may still have the drought but we will have potable water in abundance to satisfy us. And that is something which I think our youngsters should know about and should be doing some work on,” said Boyce.

7 Responses to Bajans waste too much energy – Boyce

  1. Alexis Paul
    Alexis Paul November 19, 2016 at 4:00 am

    have you ever heard about capturing methane gas i am sure that there are enough poultry farms in Barbados that can produce the amount of Gas for cooking and other uses .and when the manure is then set find buyers for that and stard over again

  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine November 19, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Your government wasted millions, write off millions, and give away 10 million. Ain’t hear you complaining about that Darcy Hiddenagenda.

  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall November 19, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Yes you have to leave on all the lights in government buildings.

  4. Tony Webster November 19, 2016 at 6:18 am

    In summation, Young Citizens: All is well…all is well…with the standard and profiency of this administration, and all our tax dollars are well spent (according to the auditor general) and all our pension savings at N.I.S., are safe…err…well invested.

    Hmm… Strange… I seem to recall that estates all had windmills of the “Chicago aeromotor “type with which they pumped up water; they all dug suck wells to capture and direct surface water into our aquifers (for the public good). I also seem to agree with @Alexis Paul, (above commenter) that Lowdown Hoad is a quite upright and industrious citizen, and proud too, as he does ‘nuse methane has for all his household cooking , using waste from his nuff goats…for the last 20-30 years!!!

    I recommend, like the Hon. Minister, that we sensitise our youngsters wid FACTS; inform them; and inspire them. I also recommend that our young peoples to keep handy, a handy thing to keep anyone ‘pon de level: observe; analyse; and come to YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS.

    Cahill: one less mountain to climb….and thank you Lord, for those that removed it from the landscape. Now, effin’ you ent too busy, Lord, please keep an eye out for dat Surinamese water…now “Due to ARRIVE IN TIME FOR INDEPENDENCE”…when B.W.A. initially said publicly, that it was nuttin’ to do wid dem.

  5. Louis Swann
    Louis Swann November 19, 2016 at 6:53 am


  6. jrsmith November 19, 2016 at 7:10 am

    This is all just talk , talk, you cannot ,not laugh at the idiots who try to fool us they can run barbados…opening they mouths is disaster…
    Water technology is so easy all around the world is in use but only hard for barbados , we are so, so backward……
    Why dont the government deal with the (Canadians) who is willing to give us the water technology……. Please tell us why and why we are buying dirty from foreign lands……..
    I dont think any body in government really have the interest of barbados at heart………

  7. Anthony Davis November 19, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I go with the fact that hotels use fact most energy – not the indigenous populace! It’s the same thing every time htey are looking for a reason to introduce a new tax. Dennis Kellman maintained that the indigenous population was wasting the water, and that they used most of it. Pray, tell me, how can the population of Barbados use more water than the tourists who visit our shores? Just check how many rooms, swimming pools, bars, jacuzzis, showers, bathrooms, tennis lawns, golf clubs, gardens, etc. hotels have and tell me which house in Barbados has 100 or more rooms! They probably want to tax the energy a bit more! How many tourists return from a swim, and stand under the shower for a long time? How many of them return from a trip, and stand under the shower without thinking about the water that is being wasted? How many of them go out and leave the aircon on so that when they return the room is cool? Wheel, and come again, Mr. Boyce!


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