Changes to come to energy management in St. Kitts

MyVueNews Staff-writer

Basseterre, St. Kitts, Thursday, 1st November, 2018, (MyVueNews.com) – A major project is soon to be launched in St. Kitts to replace existing street lights with a new system that is expected to be more energy friendly and efficient.

“This LED Street Lighting Project that will replace the existing street lights with LED lamps,” said Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Ian Liburd, as he delivered remarks to open celebrations for Energy Month, in November.

St. Kitts & Nevis is joining other CARICOM member states who will also be observing the month of November as Energy Month.

This is an energy efficiency measure that is expected to result in reduced fuel consumption and lower costs for SKELEC and by extension, consumers, he stated.

The change is to come as part of an overall program to introduce ‘cleaner’ energy options into the country.

Liburd said, “Clean Energy benefits all of us in many ways.”

He added that by adopting Clean Energy, the country would be making its contribution to an international obligation, to which St. Kitts & Nevis acceded in the Paris Climate Accord.

Clean Energy is generated from local resources, stated Liburd, while also adding, that if a significant amount of our energy is clean we will be insulated from external shock, making our energy supply more secure.

He explained that Clean Energy does not produce the pollutants that fossil fuels do. The production of Clean Energy will reduce the quantity of disease-causing pollutants, leading to a healthier population, stated the minister.

Another argument made was that Clean Energy does not produce the greenhouse gas that causes global warming, the associated climate changes and their negative effects on our lives and livelihoods.

Liburd indicated that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development & Transport, through its Energy Unit and in collaboration with SKELEC and other institutions will, therefore, be taking part in this observance.

CARICOM’s theme for this year is CLEAN ENERGY, GOOD GOVERNANCE AND REGULATIONS: GENERATING GROWTH AND RESILIENCE.

St. Kitts & Nevis has adopted a sub-theme which is, CLEAN ENERGY, Benefits You and Me!

Various activities have been planned to mark the occasion.