In response to a caller on his weekly radio programme, who enquired as to what government plans to do to lower the cost of electricity, Douglas said that the first approach will be to face up to the arrears owed by the consumers.
Douglas said, “The arrears is going to be tackled in a package that the government has been working on for some time and very shortly we are going to be in a position to say something about the situation.”
He added that in establishing an enhanced comfort level for electricity consumer the government would want to reduce the cost of electricity by the way of alternative energy.
“We want to do that by asking for greater conservation of electricity from our consumers. We want to encourage all of our consumers with government incentives to move further and further away from government dependence on fossil fuel energy,” the Prime Minister said.
Douglas added that they are firstly going to concentrate on the arrears and explore what can be meaningfully done to ease the burden of the arrears that are outstanding and which will be impacted on the policy of the St. Kitts Electricity Company in terms of having those arrears being collected.