20 October, 2009
What progress has
Anguilla made towards energy independence? As a result of a
question asked in the House of Commons, Minister Chris Bryant (who appears still to be Minister for the
) tells us some interesting new information about ourselves. Overseas Territories
We learn with interest from the Minister's statement that:
There has been the formal Establishment of the Anguilla National Energy Committee under the Department of Environment;
We have a draft National Energy Policy which has been verbally endorsed by the GO A. This is expected to be formalised by 1 December 2009;
A renewable Energy Co-ordinator, supported by OTEP funding (Overseas Territories Environment Programme, a joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development fund), has been retained and is currently working to promote the goals of the Draft National Energy Policy;
Funds have been raised through the
GOA (EC$ 500,000) and OTEP (£100,000) for the establishment of the Anguilla Renewable Energy Office;
A National Energy Committee covers high-level international consultancy, data collection and data analysis;
A business plan has been developed for a special entity currently called "RECorp" which will establish and operate a first phase 2-3 megawatt wind farm under a power-purchase agreement with ANGLEC,
Anguilla's sole electrical utility.
It would appear that to learn about government policies and developments in Anguilla, you must go to foggy
I calculate that amounts to $1 million for the establishment of the office. Someone must be working in very plush surroundings!
Has anyone out there in the public seen the alleged business plan?