Solve the energy crisis in The Bahamas by shifting to Renewable energy.

Solve the energy crisis in The Bahamas by shifting to Renewable energy.

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Ryan Lewis started this petition to Bahamas Power and Light

We The people of The Bahamas have been suffering from island wide blackouts and load-shedding that has resulted from the high demand of energy throughout the islands. The poor management of the power plant by Bahamas Power and Light has negatively impacted the countries residences, visitors and economic growth at large. 

This has been going on for far too long and we as a people call on The Government of The Bahamas, Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) and other relevant entities or stakeholders to rise to the occasion and provide its people with answers and solutions to this chronic issue. 

With the effects of global warming and the increased demand for energy, we demand that The Government and all entities involved in providing power to the country start to seriously consider using renewable energy sources on a larger. With almost 365 days of sun a year, we should be seriously considering using what the earth has given us. Instead, we choose to degrade our environment by pumping fossil fuels into our ecosystem which harms the very thing we hold so closely to our hearts - our tourism industry.

As stated in a news article on Wednesday Aug 7th 2019, Minister of Works Mr. Desmond Bannister stated that “there is no need for concern” with BPL’s current ways of operation. He stated the issue lies with faulty generators and old technology. In 2019, when alternative means of energy exist, why are old tech generators being used? 

Firstly, The Government of the Bahamas should have a power plant that runs to supply affordable energy to all of its islands. 

Second, modern technology and recent achievements in engineering would allow the country to do so in a way that doesn’t fully contribute to global warming. According to the IPCC Special Report of 2017, the persons who will suffer most due to the increasing climb in global temperatures will be those with very low or virtually no income. With a changing climate, we can expect summers to be hotter globally but in the Bahamas, This would apply to all seasons. 

Third, in addition to increasing temperatures, The Bahamas can expect to see more extreme events in nature, like a higher frequency in major hurricanes, animal extinctions as oceans become warmer and more acidic, and sea levels rising leading to more frequent flooding of island nations. Bahamas Power & Light must make more of an effort to push for more sustainable and green ways to contribute less to air pollution by relying less on old ways of generating energy.

WE DEMAND:

  1. Renewable energy - We would like for renewable energy to be incentivized and implemented throughout the island to help lower our carbon footprint. The Ministry of Works must incentivize homeowners, hoteliers and business owners to use solar panels to decrease the load on generators that are currently being used. This is only the first step. We also want to see more research and work done in generating power from ocean waves and geothermal to allow Bahamians to be less dependent on fossil fuels and natural gas, which are finite sources of energy. This will not only lower the environmental and economic cost of energy in the Bahamas, but also create more jobs in our economy.
  2. Transparency - To often we are literally and figuratively kept in the dark in regards to the operations, funds and management of energy resources.  
  3. Lower energy costs - With the importation of fuels, resources and generators from foreign companies and workers the price of energy has skyrocketed. We demand that The Government of The Bahamas invests more in training its citizens to be able to effectively manage the operations of the power plant.
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