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Wilson City Power Plant

BEC targets July budget for new plant financing
Published On:Thursday, April 14, 2011 The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) is hoping to invest in new generators at its New Providence power stations to enhance its generation efficiency, its chairman said yesterday. Michael Moss said BEC will ask for funds to be made available in the next budgetary cycle, to begin in July this year, so that it may be in a position to purchase and install the new generation units within the next two years.   Read more

BEC seeks reduced time, cost on $4.6m power line
Published On:Monday, March 28, 2011 The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) is seeking to negotiate a reduction in the length of time and cost of a contract it is soon to award for the installation of an upgraded 10.5 mile transmission line, which will allow the new Wilson City Power Plant to fully service Abaco's power needs, after the lowest bid came in at $4.6 million. Expectations of when that key power line will be fully operation have now been pushed back from an initial mid-May completion, as suggested by Minister for the Environment, Earl Deveaux, in January, to an "end of June, early July" date, Tribune Business has been informed.   Read more

Abaco residents plan protest against BEC
Published On:Wednesday, March 09, 2011 A GROUP of Abaco residents are set to protest against BEC this Thursday over unresolved issues with the island's power supply. The scheduled protest will come a week after BEC officials held a town meeting on the island, where they promised that "by hook or crook" the community's electricity woes would be dealt with by the summer. As previously reported, many on the island fear BEC will not be able to keep its pledge, forcing locals, second home owners and other tourists to grapple with intermittent power cuts and a consequent drop in business yet again.   Read more

GB Power owner to assess Abaco electric cable link
Published On:Wednesday, March 02, 2011 Canadian energy giant, Emera, will travel to Abaco next week to assess the potential for creating a power cable link between the island and Grand Bahama, where it owns an 80.4 per cent stake in the Grand Bahama Power Company, creating energy "synergies" for the wider Bahamas. It will also gather information to help make a decision on whether it will take up the Government's invitation to get involved in the "urgently" required upgrade of the transmission line from the Wilson City power plant to Marsh Harbour, BEC's chairman, Michael Moss, said yesterday.   Read more

Abaco's 'fear factor' eases
Published On:Wednesday, February 02, 2011 With the "fear factor" high among Abaco businesses that they were set to face another "nightmarish" summer of power cuts, the Abaco Chamber of Commerce president yesterday said he was now satisfied that a "serious and genuine focus" has been brought to bear on ensuring a consistent power supply is available to the islands this year.   Read more

'No answer' for BEC's woe over transmission
Published On:Monday, January 31, 2011 THE Minister of the Environment "does not have an answer" as to why initial steps on installing a transmission line capable of carrying the required amount of energy from Abaco's new power plant to residents and businesses are being taken now, with the plant itself is in the final testing phase.   Read more

Power stations still in testing
Published On:Friday, January 07, 2011 New power stations in Wilson City, Abaco, and Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera are somewhat behind schedule in being brought into full operation, and are continuing to undergo "reliability" tests, the minister of state for the environment and public utilities said yesterday.   Read more

The Year in Review
The Government and BEC were held to account through legal action over two high profile public works: The handling of the construction and choice of fuel for the Wilson City power plant in Abaco, and roadworks in the Blue Hill Road/Market Street area that caused Bahamian businesses to suffer losses. The Coconut Grove Business League won their fight this month, and the Government was ordered to pay businesses damages for their losses, which had been variably estimated at between 30-80 per cent of their former revenue. While the Judicial Review action brought against the Government in the Wilson City matter was ultimately dismissed in September, in both cases judges made findings against the Government/corporations under its control, which indicated that those bringing the legal actions had legitimate concerns about lack of consultation and due diligence.   Read more

IMO Adopts Proposal for Emission Control Area/Move safeguards health of port communities and those beyond
Release date: 03/26/2010 WASHINGTON – The International Maritime Organization (IMO) today officially accepted the proposal to designate waters off the North American coasts as an Emission Control Area (ECA) – a move that will result in cleaner air for millions of Americans. Large ships that operate in ECAs must use dramatically cleaner fuel and technology, leading to major air quality and public health benefits that extend hundreds of miles inland.   Read more

Alternative sources of energy and the Bahamas
Published On:Wednesday, November 10, 2010 By LARRY SMITH IT'S been two years since the summer of 2008, when oil rocketed to $147 per barrel and we all began frantically looking for ways to cut our energy costs. And it's been one year since the Copenhagen conference on climate change failed to set a clear global agenda to address one of the greatest challenges of our time. These issues are inextricably linked, with the potential to cause serious harm for small island nations like the Bahamas. And tackling them requires a massive shift in the way we produce power, which is not easy.   Read more

BEC plant contract 'can't be trigger'
Published On:Monday, October 25, 2010 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Government's 2007 signing of the construction contract for the $105 million Wilson City power plant "cannot be a trigger" for the six-month timeframe to launch Judicial Review proceedings, the facility's opponents have argued in their appeal motion submitted to the Court of Appeal.   Read more

Letter to Editor about BEC
Published On:Tuesday, July 27, 2010 EDITOR, The Tribune. I'd like to clear up some misconceptions about the lawsuit against BEC in regards to the Wilson City power plant. Everyone involved with this action recognises the fact that Abaco needs a new source of power nor have we been pushing to actually stop the plant. But it has become apparent through evidence provided in the court case that BEC appears to be doing things irresponsibly and in total secrecy. The point of this lawsuit is to make sure that the power plant proceeds in a manner that is safe for our health, our tourism, our fishing economy, and our environment. Only through proper consultation with professionals and local communities can this be achieved, which is one of the points of the lawsuit.   Read more

BEC continues with planned upgrades at power plant
Published On:Friday, October 01, 2010 By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Staff Reporter IN ITS ongoing effort to improve electricity supply to more than 8,000 customers in Abaco, the Bahamas Electricity Corporation is continuing with planned upgrades at the new Wilson City Power Plant, now in its final testing phase.   Read more

Abaco fuel costs to burden all BEC customers
Published On:Thursday, September 23, 2010 By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter MARSH Harbour, Abaco - Customers across the Bahamas will have to absorb in their monthly bills the fuel costs for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation's (BEC) new $100 million power station, it was revealed yesterday, although some $11 million in construction costs were saved through abandoning plans for a fuel pipeline.   Read more

Free helicopter ride sparks public outcry
Published On:Monday, September 20, 2010 By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter Environment Minister Earl Deveaux emerged from the Aga Khan's helicopter in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, to attend a Friends of the Environment event with the exhilarated grin of an excited schoolboy.   Read more

$105m BEC plant 'violated the law'
Published On:Friday, September 17, 2010 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Opponents of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation's (BEC) $105 million Wilson City power plant had "genuine complaints" about the way the project's permits were granted, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday, finding that in the race to complete timely construction "many procedures were ignored or bypassed".   Read more

Power outages hit Abaco's residents and businesses
Published On:Monday, June 28, 2010 IN addition to an already weakened tourist season, Abaco residents and businesses have been afflicted with a month of steady and frequent power outages with little hope of improvement in sight. The tourism sector has been hit hard and the trickledown effect to other businesses is certainly being felt. "Customers are demanding refunds, some say they will not return," said Craig Roberts, owner of the Bahama Beach Club in Treasure Cay.   Read more

BEC 'a runaway train'
Published On:Friday, June 18, 2010 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) has been accused of behaving like "a runaway train" over public consultation and permitting for the $105 million Wilson City power plant, an attorney for the project's opponents questioning whether the Government would have allowed a private developer to proceed in a similar fashion.   Read more

Creative ideas on the Bahamas economy
Published On:Wednesday, June 16, 2010 By LARRY SMITH BEC recently cancelled its two-year renewable energy tendering process with literally nothing to show for it. IDB-financed studies are still underway to determine changes to the legal and regulatory system, and to promote energy efficiency and conservation. Meanwhile, the government is making enormous investments in conventional generating plant on several islands that will be in use for the next 20 years.   Read more

BEC apologises to consumers in Abaco
Published On:Monday, June 14, 2010 THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation has apologised to its consumers in Abaco for the interruptions they have been experiencing to their electricity supply. "While at present there is sufficient generation to meet the demand," said the Corporation, "these interruptions are a problem Abaco is all too familiar with and one that BEC is actively working to improve.   Read more

Bracing for oil spill impact
By ERICA WELLS ~ NG Managing Editor ~ Monday, June 7, 2010 Ever since the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico 47 days ago local officials and concerned environmentalists have been bracing for the likelihood that oil from the sunken rig owned by British Petroleum (BP) will eventually make its way to The Bahamas.   Read more

Bahamas could be spared oil spill for a week
Published On:Monday, June 07, 2010 WHILE the Bahamas could be spared from the oil spill for at least another week due to favourable wind patterns, experts are warning that hydrocarbon poisoning of migrating birds and fish could threaten to destroy the regional environment. Over the weekend, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) warned that a shift in wind patterns could lead to the oil reaching the Bahamas and Jamaica very soon.   Read more

Privatization key to waste crisis solution, says minister
By Scott Armstrong ~ Guardian Business Editor ~ The Bahamas will have to build an island to handle its rubbish or barge it elsewhere for disposal if it doesn't change its ways, the Environment Minister has warned explaining the need privatization for the waste handling business.   Read more

Fuel trucking plan for '95% done' plant
Published On:Tuesday, June 01, 2010 By NEIL HARTNELL THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) is planning to truck fuel to its controversial $105 million Wilson City power plant, abandoning plans for a fuel dock and pipeline at the project which is said to be "90-95 per cent completed" on construction.   Read more

Oil spill may reach Bahamas by weekend
By JASMIN BONIMY ~ Guardian Staff Reporter ~ The worst natural disaster to hit the Gulf Coast is likely to reach local coastlines by the weekend, according to Chief Climatological Officer Michael Stubbs, who said a shift in wind patterns is expected to propel the oil slick towards The Bahamas.   Read more

Power to the people?
By Scott Armstrong ~ Guardian Business Editor ~ Canadian power company Emera could be set to take over the running of BEC after it completes its review of the troubled monopoly, the prime minister has revealed, saying that could also lead to shares being offered to the public.   Read more

BEC's 'serious financial crisis'
Published On:Friday, May 21, 2010 By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter RECOMMENDATIONS to turnaround the loss-making Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) could be completed by September, as the Government prepares to implement an average 5 per cent hike in its base tariff - a move that comes as its payables dwarf receivables by some $66 million.   Read more

BEC 'loses' 25% of all power it produce
Published On:Thursday, April 22, 2010 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor MORE than one-quarter, or 25 per cent, of the electricity generated by the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) is lost to stealing and meter tampering, plus system problems, an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report has revealed.   Read more

'Model' consultation process proposed to settle BEC plant row
Published On:Wednesday, April 21, 2010 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor ATTORNEYS for opponents of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation's (BEC) $105 million Wilson City power plant have written to their government counterparts outlining the terms for a proposed settlement, which include developing a consultation process and allowing their clients to identify "the matters which they most urgently wish to be consulted on". Fred Smith QC, the Callenders & Co attorney and partner who is acting for Responsible Development for Abaco (RDA), said in an April 15, 2010, letter to attorneys for BEC and the Government that his clients wanted to develop terms for a Consent Order which, if agreed and then approved by the Supreme Court, "would provide a framework for settlement of this action".   Read more

Former radio talk show host to run as independent candidate
Published On:Monday, April 19, 2010 By MEGAN REYNOLDS FORMER radio talk show host, entrepreneur and life-time resident of Montagu Graham Weatherford has announced his plans to run as an independent candidate in the next general election to address traffic, crime and education in his constituency.   Read more

Firms urged to exit BEC power use
Published On:Friday, November 13, 2009 By CHESTER ROBARDS A BUSINESS owner who took his property off BEC's electricity grid by setting up a solar-powered system yesterday urged more companies and households to follow suit, as private power generation was not illegal, according to the Bahamas Electricity Act.   Read more

Minister warns: 'Stay within law on alternative energy supply'
Published On:Friday, September 11, 2009 By CHESTER ROBARDS THE MINISTER responsible for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) yesterday warned that anyone powering their properties or businesses through alternative energy sources should stay within the law. Phenton Neymour, responding to yesterday's Tribune Business article entitled Business owner close to escaping BEC through $35k solar investment, said there are regulations in place regarding private power generation that should be adhered to.   Read more

Business owner close to escaping BEC through $35k solar investment
Published On:Thursday, September 10, 2009 By CHESTER ROBARDS THE OWNER of Sure Alarms yesterday said he was close to pulling his business completely off BEC's power grid, via the installation of a $35,000 solar-powered electric system currently capable of running everything but the air conditioners. Graham Weatherford told Tribune Business that the system, if built to its full capacity, could save his business $1,000 per month and thus pay itself off in just under three years. He added that an average home could be outfitted with a solar powered system for just $5,000.   Read more

BEC defends proposed rate increase
Published On:Friday, April 09, 2010 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter DESPITE the proposed electricity rate increase, BEC executives say customers' bills will remain lower than in 1993. Faced with a crippling financial situation, the state-owned power company is planning to increase its core tariff rate. Last month, Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour outlined the corporation's financial position, indicating it owed $190 million. "BEC is losing money left, right and centre and it certainly needs relief. It is the corporation's intention to look to government to see if they would be inclined to adjust the tariff structure so BEC could be restored to some kind of wholesome financial footing," said Michael Moss, BEC chairman.   Read more

Letter: BEC - you make me laugh sometimes
Published On:Thursday, April 08, 2010 EDITOR, The Tribune. Dear Bahamas Electricity Corporation (Nassau): After reading your piece in the paper I must say you make me laugh sometimes. Your comment that on the Earnest Dean Highway BEC "went to the extent" of diverting the road to avoid damage to a blue hole is such a joke. Do you think anyone here in Abaco believes that. What we know is that you were afraid of your new babies falling into a watery grave a hundred feet deep. If you are doing right or wrong stand and live up to it. Quit trying to sell untruths to the people. (Name withheld, my electric goes off enough as it is). ABACO RESIDENT   Read more

Govt renews Freedom of Information Act pledge
Published On:Thursday, April 15, 2010 THE government has pledged its renewed commitment to delivering a Freedom of Information Act "to enhance transparency and accountability" before the close of its present term in office. In the Speech from the Throne, delivered yesterday by Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes, it was stated that the legislation would "provide the Bahamian people and the media with greater access to government decision-making and actions." "My government has a long-standing commitment to good, effective and open governance," said Sir Arthur, reading the Speech. A Freedom of Information Act was first pledged in the FNM's 2007 election manifesto.   Read more

Environmental concerns raised over Bimini Bay Resort development
Published On:Thursday, April 15, 2010 By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter CONCERNS over ecological destruction at the $75 million Bimini Bay Resort have reached a critical point as development presses on without a long-overdue Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). An independent assessment of the North Bimini resort site submitted by Black and Veatch International (BVI) in August 2008 advised government to require the developers Rav Bahamas Ltd to submit a comprehensive written EMP and EIA to monitor construction at the 700-acre site. But nearly two years later conservationists say mangroves are being ripped out and wetlands filled in as dredging goes on without best practice measures to mitigate environmental impact.   Read more

BEC, BEST Commission 'were responsible for vetting KES Environmental Services'
Published On:Tuesday, April 13, 2010 By CHESTER ROBARDS BOTH BEC and the BEST Commission were responsible for vetting KES Environmental Services, the company that penned the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Wilson City Power Plant, BEST's Director told Tribune Business yesterday. Tribune Business revealed yesterday that one of the EIA's authors signed under an erroneous designate.   Read more

Wilson City EIA author not properly licensed
Published On:Monday, April 12, 2010 By CHESTER ROBARDS ONE of the lead signatories on the Wilson City Power Plant's Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prepared for BEC, was found to have wrongfully used the professional designate "Environmental Engineer", Tribune Business can reveal.   Read more

RDA, Government given common ground mandate
By LEDEDRA MARCHE The Freeport News April 08, 2010 When attorneys for Respon-sible Development for Abaco (RDA) and the government appeared before Justice Hartman Longley Wednesd-ay for what was to be the start of a judicial review, they were given until the end of the month to reach common ground instead.   Read more

Letter: So how does China benefit from its relationship with Bahamas?
Published On:Wednesday, September 23, 2009 EDITOR, The Tribune. There has been much fanfare of late regarding the level of assistance that the People's Republic of China is prepared to offer to the Bahamas. From the sports stadium, to the road project, to Baha Mar and finally in today's Tribune large scale farming in Abaco.   Read more

Letter: Concerns over proposed Chinese farming in Abaco or elsewhere in Bahamas
Published On:Friday, April 09, 2010 EDITOR, The Tribune. Under mentioned are some points of concern triggered by the possibility of Chinese farming on Abaco. There has not been any public thorough information disclosure so far and we are hoping that this letter will prompt BAIC or the Ministry of Agriculture to hold a public meeting so farmers and the residents of our island can know what to expect as far as the Chinese involvement on our island. We would appreciate if you could publish this letter in your next issue. Abaco Neem welcomes growth on our island, environmentally friendly and controlled growth (of course we still need a master plan); we are concerned with companies coming here to do large scale agriculture (especially with livestock) that could further contaminate our water table.   Read more

5,400 BEC customers disconnected
By Jasmin Bonimy ~ Guardian Staff Reporter ~ The majority of residential consumers who were assisted by the Bahamas Electricity Corporation's (BEC) two reconnection initiatives over the past two years are again without power, according to State Minister for the Environment Phenton Neymour. According to him, to date more than 5,400 residential consumers are living without electricity. The inability of those customers to pay their bills, and the cost of the social programs put in place to assist them to get their lights reconnected, have both impacted the company's bottom line. Neymour recently revealed that BEC's account receivables have risen from $99 million last year to $133 million this year. The financial impact is reflected in BEC's plan to seek an electricity rate hike by the summer, in an effort to raise revenue.   Read more

Criticism of Chinese Abaco agricultural investment 'premature'
Published On:Saturday, April 10, 2010 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter GOVERNMENT officials say criticism over the planned Chinese investment in the Abaco agricultural sector is premature since no deal has been signed, or proposal submitted yet. The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) is engaged in discussions with the Chinese about large-scale investment in food processing and animal rearing.   Read more

Neymour: Wilson City power plant 80% complete
By Jasmin Bonimy ~ Guardian Staff Reporter ~ Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour yesterday revealed that the Bahamas Electricity Corporation's (BEC) controversial Wilson City Power Plant in Abaco is 80 percent complete. The progress report came the same day government officials and the activist group Responsible Development For Abaco headed to court over the multimillion-dollar plant.   Read more

Judge gives time for common ground on power plant issue
By lededra Marche ~ Senior FN Reporter ~ FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - When attorneys for Responsible Development for Abaco (RDA) and the government appeared before Justice Hartman Longley yesterday for what was to be the start of a judicial review, they were given until the end of the month to reach common ground instead.   Read more

BEC wants rate hike
The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) is in such dire financial straits that it has prepared a plan to raise electricity rates by the summer, The Nassau Guardian can confirm.   Read more

BEC power plant opponents hearing underway today
Published On:Wednesday, April 07, 2010 FOUR months after permission was granted for opponents of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation's Wilson City power plant to seek a judicial review of the Government's decision to build the plant, that hearing gets underway today in Freeport. At the end of the three-day review proceedings against the Prime Minister, ministers of the Environment, Health, Public Works and Transport, The South Abaco District Council, the Attorney General and BEC, the judge is expected to give his judgment on whether the Government was correct or otherwise in its decision-making and handling of the Abaco power plant project.   Read more

BEC alters fuel plan for '80% finished' power plant
Published On:Tuesday, April 06, 2010 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) has confirmed that its controversial new Abaco power plant, now "80 per cent complete", will use automotive diesel oil (ADO) instead of heavy fuel oil (HFO), a move likely to be interpreted by the project's opponents as a partial capitulation to their demands.   Read more

Stranded ship "time bomb" to Great Barrier Reef
SYDNEY (Reuters) – A stranded Chinese coal ship leaking oil onto Australia's Great Barrier Reef is an environmental time bomb with the potential to devastate large protected areas of the reef, activists said on Monday.   Read more

$160m resort forced power plant's move
THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation's (BEC) controversial new Abaco power plant was moved from its preferred location to prevent it negatively impacting a proposed $160 million "residential and resort" project, government documents obtained by Tribune Business have confirmed.   Read more

Fossil fuel and renewable energy
LITTLE HARBOUR, Abaco -- Within sight of the smokestacks rising from BEC's heavy fuel oil power plant under construction at Wilson City just across the Bight of Old Robinson lies a solar-powered community of some 40 homes encircling a picturesque cove.   Read more

Toxic substance experts answer Wilson City power plant questions
ABACO residents concerned about the environmental impact of the Wilson City power plant had their questions answered by the experts at a public meeting organised by local activist group Abaco Cares.   Read more

BEC denies Abaco blue holes damage claims
FOLLOWING accusations by angry environmentalists, the Bahamas Electricity Company has strenuously denied that it covered up or destroyed any blue holes in Abaco. Island residents who oppose the new power plant at Wilson City have criticised the government for constructing a facility which burns heavy fuel oil rather than a cleaner, less polluting alternative and have accused BEC of filling in a number of blue holes while constructing the road leading to the new plant.   Read more

Solar Power Consumers Upset by Fossil Fuel Plant on Abaco
LITTLE HARBOUR, ABACO - Within sight of the smokestacks rising from BEC's heavy fuel oil power plant under construction at Wilson City just across the Bight of Old Robinson lies a solar-powered community of some 40 homes encircling a picturesque cove.   Read more

Wigton Windfarm Project
The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica through its wholly owned subsidiary, Wigton Windfarm Limited has constructed a windfarm at Wigton - a small rural district in Central Manchester.   Read more

Jamaica breaks ground for US$49 million wind farm expansion project
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of Energy and Mining, James Robertson, on Wednesday broke ground for the US$49 million Wigton Wind Farm expansion project in Jamaica.   Read more

Ode To Dry Well.
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Abaco Cares responds to BEC's December 30 press release

Abaco Cares responds to BEC's December 30 press release

Fire at BEC disrupts power supply for all of Abaco
At approximately 6:30 p.m. on November 20 a fire broke out under the 4160 volt switchboard at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation Station in Marsh Harbour. It was an electrical fire, but the cause has not yet been determined and investigations are underway.   Read more

Letter: Wilson City plant: Another major cause for concern
While perusing the EIA for the Wilson City power plant, I came across yet another major cause for concern - as if there weren't enough already.   Read more

Letter: A scientist's views on the Wilson City BEC plant
A scientist who has done a lot of work throughout the Bahamas had the following to say about the EIA for the Wilson City BEC plant. I thought it was worth sharing with those of us who didn't get to read the EIA.   Read more

Letter: Opposed to New BEC Power Plant at Wilson City
I am writing in opposition to the Wilson City Power Plant which is currently scheduled to use a toxic fuel known as Bunker C in an extremely environmentally sensitive location. After attending the September 10, 2009 town hall meeting with other concerned residents of Abaco, my research about the location and fuel choice has brought to light the distressing economic and environmental impact this project will have on Abaco.   Read more

We have a duty to save our planet Top of Form
WHETHER you are one of those who believe Earth is going through a natural evolutionary cycle and -- instead of humans heating it up and making it uninhabitable -- it is freezing itself into a new Ice Age, no one can deny that our environment is changing and we are assisting in that change.   Read more

Bahamas cannot wait for renewable energy sources
THE PRIME Minister said yesterday that Abaco and other islands cannot wait for the implementation of renewable energy sources to expand their power distribution. Three new fossil fuel-burning power plants are scheduled to come on stream within a few months in Abaco, Eleuthera and Bimini.   Read more

BEC: $50k daily loss if electricity plant stopped
The Bahamas Electricity Corporation would have lost over $50,000 per day, and its contractor $1.3 million per month, had the Court of Appeal granted opponents of Abaco's Wilson City power plant their sought-after injunction to halt construction until their Judicial Review action was heard.   Read more

Meeting with Minister Phenton Neymour to Discuss Draft National Energy Policy - THIS THURSDAY SEPTEMBE SendR 17TH @ COB   Read more

U.S. Proposes to Slash Harmful Ship Emissions Along the Nation’s Coastlines to Save Lives
March 30, 2009) The United States took a critical step towards protecting Americans from harmful ship emissions by becoming the first country to ask the International Maritime Organization to create an emissions control area (ECA) around the nation’s coastline, the EPA announced today at a joint news conference with the Coast Guard and New Jersey elected officials.   Read more

Bahamas cannot wait for renewable energy sources
THE PRIME Minister said yesterday that Abaco and other islands cannot wait for the implementation of renewable energy sources to expand their power distribution. Three new fossil fuel-burning power plants are scheduled to come on stream within a few months in Abaco, Eleuthera and Bimini.   Read more

PM: Plant dispute may cost Abaco residents
The government had hoped to reduce the cost of electricity for Abaco residents with the construction of a new power plant, but concerns about the type of fuel the facility may burn when completed could end up costing residents more in the long run.   Read more

The Great Wilson City Power Plant Mystery
Concerns have been raised by environmentalists about Abaco's new power plant at Wilson City, which is now under construction. Very little information on this $105 million project has been divulged by either the government or BEC, so fears are being fed by rumours. Tough Call has reviewed the EIA for the plant that was completed in October 2008 by KES Environmental Services Inc of Florida. This report tries to cut through some of the obscurity.   Read more

Other News

'Rapid' National Energy Policy roll-out urged
Published On:Monday, January 24, 2011 The Government has been urged to "rapidly" implement the "much-delayed" National Energy Policy (NEP), as the first tangible signs of anticipated soaring energy costs start to emerge, with two shipping companies announcing major bunker surcharge rate rises on all cargoes carried between the US and the Bahamas.   Read more

Oil price sparks fuel cost fears
Published On:Monday, February 28, 2011 PETROLEUM retailers losing out on the rising cost of fuel are calling on the government to give them some relief as they fear further rises in fuel prices will put them out of business.   Read more

Abaco 'branded' after stopover visitors rise 12%
By CHESTER ROBARDS MARSH Harbour, Abaco - The Minister of Tourism yesterday unveiled Abaco's unique logo, which will help sell it as an autonomous destination within the Bahamas, after the island saw stopover visitor growth of 12 per cent over last year.   Read more

Chinese government backs Abaco agri talks
Published On:Friday, April 30, 2010 NOELLE NICOLLS, Tribune Staff Reporter CHINESE investors looking to enter the Bahamian agriculture market have a good reputation in their own country, Chinese Embassy officials said in an exclusive interview with The Tribune. Jian Tan, chief of the commercial section in the Embassy of the People's Republic of China said the Chinese government only endorses plans for foreign direct investment in the Bahamas with qualified companies. "If it may cause a problem to our relationship we would not let them come. For this company, they have very good experience in China in the agriculture field," said Mr Tan.   Read more

'They're ranking up there with BEC these days'
Published On:Wednesday, May 12, 2010 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor GRAND Bahama Power Company's outage woes stem from the decision to "hive off" the utility from Port Authority control, the ex-head of the island's Chamber of Commerce said yesterday, with "the profit motive" superior to providing a reliable power supply.   Read more

Letter: A nation of big talkers, small doers
What can I do?...... What difference will it make? Who cares?...... I have heard these sentiments hundreds of times in the last few months as we have mounted a grass roots campaign against the government's plan to build the new Bunker C power plant at Wilson City in Abaco. It is tragic to me that so many in our country feel such a sense powerlessness or apathy over our national affairs. We seem to have become a nation of big talkers and small doers.   Read more

Using natural gas to produce electricity in the Bahamas
By LARRY SMITH ENERGY security is not just a concern for America, which now gets 70 per cent of its oil from unstable or even hostile countries. It's also something we Bahamians must deal with. Currently, we import all of the fossil fuel (heavy fuel oil, diesel, aviation gas and gasoline) we use to generate electricity and power our cars, boats and planes. This makes us highly vulnerable to supply shortages and price shocks - things we have no control over.   Read more

The Blue Holes of the Bahamas—An Incredible Underworld
Looking down, the opening into the cavern beneath could be distinctly seen and it was evident, as the tide was flowing, that this ocean-hole communicated with other caverns at a distance, possibly on the island of Andros, and that the water was being sucked down through the opening to find its way into unknown parts.   Read more

500 MW Wind Farm Proposals for BahamasIn 2003, a New Mexico company called
WindErgy proposed a massive wind farm project for the Bahamas that obviously went nowhere.   Read more

MAN SE Fined 150.6 Million Euros Over Bribes at Units
Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- MAN SE, Europe’s third-largest truckmaker, agreed to pay 150.6 million euros ($222 million) in fines to resolve an investigation into alleged bribes paid by its truck and turbo units   Read more

In response to BEC press release 12-30-09
The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) takes exception to the erroneous and inaccurate statements contained in a Paid Ad issued by Responsible Development for Abaco (RDA) that was published in a number of newspapers. The corporation reiterates the fact that the Wilson City Site in Abaco was chosen after careful and extensive review. Further, all of the Bahamas borders on ecologically important locations.   Read more

Responsible Development for Abaco seeks hearing before Privy Council in London
Responsible Development in Abaco will once again be the focus of proceedings before the Privy Council in London as soon as RDA can get a hearing to continue the efforts of Abaco residents in trying to stop the controversial BEC power plant.   Read more

Responsible Development for Abaco group responds to the Government on Wilson City Power Plant
ABACO, Bahamas -- The group Responsible Development for Abaco (RDA) announced that it is disturbed, but not surprised, that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is defending BEC’s new power plant at Wilson City. Construction has already started, which would make it embarrassing to stop.   Read more

RDA issues court case to stop Abaco power plant
RDA is a company that has been created by civic minded Abaconians and Grand Bahamians (because Grand Bahamians will likely also be affected by the emissions because of the wind direction) to be a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to oppose the development of the Wilson City Power Plant in Abaco.   Read more

Bahamas Government Illegally Acquired Land For Albany Project
In a major victory for eight property owners, Supreme Court Justice Cheryl Albury ruled yesterday that the Government of The Bahamas illegally acquired land in southwestern New Providence to facilitate the Albany project.   Read more