By Ramona Luthi
At a press conference held earlier today, Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo has described the current Administration’s arrangement to reduce “blackouts” throughout the country, as a “corrupt deal”.
The government had announced that in keeping with its Green renewable energy plans and more particularly, to address the constant power outages, it would pursue establishing a multi-million dollar Wind Farm project.
However, Jagdeo is contending that this concept is useless since the Wind Farm project does not have the capacity to serve the entire country.
“This will not solve GPL’s problems, the blackout problems, because they’re presenting this as the solution because if they are buying 21 megawatts of power and just imagine ten times in the day that the wind stops blowing and it goes down to zero, because it has to have a certain speed of the wind to turn the turbines. Imagine three or ten times in the day that happens, what will be the backup power that will kick in?” Jagdeo asked.
He further contended that “buying wind is buying energy not capacity”. Jagdeo continued that the best alternative is using hydro power since it allows energy and capacity.
The Opposition Leader also told media operatives that he intends to exert every effort to ensure that the Wind Farm project is cancelled on the grounds of corruption and illogicality as in the case of what transpired with the Drug Bond scandal.
He also noted that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) will have no choice but to review the project once it returns to Executive Office.
Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, had said that discussions with Total Energy Solutions Inc, the company which proposed the Hope Beach Wind Farm project, are still ongoing.
He had told a section of the media that the government is now at the stage where it is allowing the company to seek the necessary approval from various agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).