Better Energy Plan Team: IRP Is ‘Fantastic News’

July 29, 2019 | 11 Comments

The Bermuda Better Energy Plan Team called the release of the Regulatory Authority’s Integrated Resource Plan [IRP] “fantastic news for our island and the planet.”

The IRP calls “high levels of renewable energy resources,” with the RA saying the plan includes adding utility-scale solar photovoltaic and wind power via an offshore wind farm.

“Within the first six years of the plan, the island is slated to add 21 megawatts [MW] of utility-scale solar photovoltaic, up to 30 MW of distributed generation e.g. residential and small scale solar, 60 MWs of wind power via an offshore wind farm, while specific engines at the Belco plant that are dependent on fossil fuels will be decommissioned. Biomass generation as another source of renewable energy is scheduled for deployment by 2028,” the RA previously said.

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A Bermuda Better Energy Plan Team spokesperson said, “The release of Bermuda’s IRP is fantastic news for our island and the planet. The Government of Bermuda and the RAB are demonstrating true energy leadership and following global trends to move away from fossil fuel.

“The RAB have adopted an objective evidence based approach, which confirms the Bermuda Better Energy Plan findings that renewable energy options are the least expensive and most suitable for Bermuda’s energy future.

“Thousands of people participated in the various consultation initiatives that the RAB conducted about the proposed BELCO plan. It is encouraging to see how interested the people of Bermuda are in this important subject. They were consulted, their concerns have been heard and a better, more sustainable energy plan will be implemented.

“Since the IRP process opened, the world has seen a rise in governments declaring a climate emergency and more young people rallying governments [in Bermuda and around the world] to enact climate change initiatives.

“In Bermuda, a petition to request that the Government of Bermuda enact legislation to require that 70% of our electricity is produced with renewable energy sources by 2040 has so far garnered over 1,600 signatures.

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“The release of the IRP is encouraging and we are reminded that as citizens of the planet, we have an obligation to act with a sense of urgency to negate the effects of climate change. Collectively, we must do a better job of safeguarding our island economy for current and future generations.

“We look forward to continuing to encourage and support the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy in Bermuda and around the world. The people of Bermuda must continue to support the change we demand and the future we desire.

“To sign the renewable energy petition visit www.betterenergyplan.bm

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  1. Ringmaster says:

    The problem with wind farms is that they do not cover their expenses and need to be heavily subsidized. Where is that money going to come from?

    • Mark says:

      Same place as all imaginary Pee El Pee funding, Fintech..

      • JohnnyB says:

        It will be decades before anyone invests in wind here.

        • Mark says:

          Better off trying to harness energy from all the hot air given off at the never-ending mind numbing Pee El Pee press conferences.

    • Chris Worboys says:

      Actually they generate cheaper electricity than using oil so don’t require any subsidies at all. Both the Bermuda Better Energy Plan and now the RAB’s IRP have independently confirmed this through detailed cost modelling for Bermuda :)

    • mixitup says:

      Thank you to my forward thinking Gov’t who understand that the price we will eventually pay for the draining and polluting the earth are far greater, especially for Island Nations…. Keep pushing forward, Gov’t, they have and will always throw eggs at you.

  2. Seascape says:

    This is all fine and good but when will it start to reduce the cost of our BELCO bill? I heard the Captain talking to the RA people this morning but they skirted the question each time he asked. Is this going to provide a cost saving to the Bermudian people? Will we see the fuel surcharge disappear or be reduced?

  3. imjustsaying says:

    When scientists have surveyed the climatic history of our world over the past centuries a number of key eras have stood out.

    These ranged from the “Roman Warm Period”, which ran from AD 250 to AD 400, and saw unusually warm weather across Europe, to the famed Little Ice Age, which saw temperatures drop for centuries from the 1300s.

    The events were seen by some as evidence that the world has warmed and cooled many times over the centuries and that the warming seen in the world since the industrial revolution was part of that pattern and therefore nothing to be alarmed about.

  4. imjustsaying says:

    “CO2 is so beneficial…it would be crazy to try to reduce it”.
    “Probably it does us Good, the Earth will get greener as a result”.
    “The general public has a lot more common sense (than the media or politicians)”.
    “Man-made climate change is, on the whole, Good”.
    “They (Climate Models) are no good for prediction”. Freeman Dyson

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