Jagdeo rubbishes Patterson’s remarks on renewable energy

first_img– reiterates importance of AFHP to green energy planOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has taken Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson to task over recent statements he made in regard to Government achieving its set renewable energy goals by the end of 2018.Jagdeo says Government’s plan is unrealistic and unachievable.Patterson has made a commitment to Guyanese that the country will be powered by 5 megawatts of renewable energy by year end; but Jagdeo has said this statement is “pure nonsense! Total nonsense! It’s a lie!”Jagdeo has said that with only six months to go before the end of 2018, he is uncertain where the proposed five megawatts of power will be sourced from. The only renewable energy project that is ongoing is located at Mabaruma in Region One, and this will produce less than half a megawatt of power.“Well, let me tell you something about the small solar units that they are putting in place…that it is a conduit for corruption, as I said before. It’s a conduit for corruption, nothing else,” Jagdeo declared.He explained that it is not a case where the people will get free electricity, but they are going to get it from another source.“I’m afraid that 2-3 years down the line, those systems will go down,” he added.Jagdeo has argued that the Amaila Falls Hydro Power Project (AFHP) is a lost opportunity for Guyanese to experience clean and cheap electricity. He maintains that the project remains the best option for Guyana, and would only result in huge benefits to the people and the local economy.The coalition Government had discontinued the AFHP project when it assumed office in 2015, but of recent has been speaking about plans to restart it.Minister Patterson recently provided updates on a number of multi-million-dollar hydro and solar- power projects that had seemingly been gathering dust. One such project is the Hope Wind Farm, facing criticism centred on the actual investor – proprietor of the International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA), Lloyd Singh, who had acquired and built the headquarters of the Alliance for Change (AFC).According to Patterson, there have been some technical issues which had to be ironed out, such as the size of the development. He has, however, reported that there has been progress on that front, and the power purchase agreement is presently being finalised.Patterson also spoke of a US$3.8 million solar farm which will be constructed at Bartica with funds from the Inter-American Development Bank. He had said this will be completed by the end of 2018.Meanwhile, the private developer of the Tumatumari hydro project in Region Eight has been given a deadline to reach financial closure with investors. When all agreements have been signed and conditions met, dispensing of the funds will begin.Patterson has noted that if the developer, Tumatumari Hydro Inc, proves unable to meet the July month-end deadline set by the state for financial closure, Government would take over the project.When this newspaper contacted residents at Tumatumari on Friday, they reported that representatives from the Tumatumari Hydro Inc had met with them and had indicated they were awaiting an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval before they can move forward.The Opposition has long called for the reintroduction of the Amaila Falls Hydro Project for a number of important reasons. Jagdeo has said not only does the scrapping of the project threaten the forest pact agreement with the Kingdom of Norway, which could cause the country to lose out on another US$3 billion in savings, but it could assist Guyana to combat climate change.This project, the brainchild of Jagdeo, formed part of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), and was commissioned in 2009. But having taken up office in 2015, the current Government had repeatedly stated its disapproval of resurrecting the project.The former President believes the coalition Government has killed the project, although it was set to provide Guyana with a massive source of electricity.An independent assessment of the project had revealed that the only realistic path for Guyana moving towards an emission-free electricity sector is by developing its hydropower potential, and the fastest way forward is to maintain this project.last_img read more

Year-over-year gap widens in FSJ building numbers

first_imgThe value of construction in Fort St. John last month, as the result of the issuance of 15 permits, was nearly $6 million. That was nearly double the $3.3 million total from 14 permits in the same month last year, and it left the year-to-date total at more than $281 million.- Advertisement -Thanks mostly to the permit worth more than $270 million for the new hospital, it means this year’s four month total is more than 20 times the total for the same period in 2010.The year-over-year city revenue numbers tell a similar story.The total this year is more than $553,000, and that’s seven times the $79,000 total for the same period last year.last_img


first_imgOnce again the Earagail Arts Festival has an excellent variety of art and photography exhibitions this year. The RCC and An Grianán Theatre have many fantastic exhibitions between them, which I had the pleasure of visiting this week.By Caoimhe Ní ChathailRCC – Selected Works : Paul Rooney (9th to 28th July) This photography exhibition is a snapshot of Paul Rooney’s ingenious work in relation to his hometown Letterkenny as he invites us to delve deeper into the familiar. His ‘Dead Pool’ collection reveals the abandoned condition of the old swimming pool and contrasts with memories we would previously have held of the leisure centre. Other images of Tinney’s ‘Coalyard’ and Oatfields reveal intriguing glimpses of Letterkenny. These photographs offer a creative and innovative image of Letterkenny. RCC – The 5th Birthday Show (9th July to 29th September)Having recently celebrated its 5th birthday, the RCC’s latest exhibition is a varied collection of art associated with Donegal, iconic works of art in the county and varied collections and exhibition pieces. The variety insures some object of interest for everyone. From Abigail O’Brien’s ‘Dripping Toffee’ from the DCC Collection ‘Oatfield’ which was held in the RCC in 2008 to the ‘Degas book’ from Derek Hill’s collection this is a captivating exhibition which excellently displays the diversity and quality of Donegal’s art and photography.  An Grianán – Daniel Nellis (9th July to 31st August)Having been awarded the Derek Hill Prize at the Glebe Open in 2011, Daniel Nellis is an upcoming artist who oozes talent and promise. The examples of his work in An Grianán such as ‘Self-portrait’ and ‘Dad’ display his beautiful style and focus on expression. An Grianán – Ann Quinn (9th July to 31st August)An acclaimed and established artist whose work appears in many Irish Collections such as those of AXA Insurance and the HSE, Ann Quinn’s pieces such as ‘Up By Lough Insheagh’ and ‘Sitka Spruce Sky’ put a particular emphasis on the sky and its varied forms. With the above exhibitions running as well as those in the Warehouse; Glenties, Fort Dunree; Buncrana and An Gailearaí; Gweedore to name a few, there is certainly no shortage of artistic entertainment this summer!  EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL MAKES AN EXHIBITION OF ITSELF AGAIN! was last modified: July 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more