Independent Power Producers Licences Next Year

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Independent power producers interested in supplying electricity to the national grid will be able to apply for licences by early in the New Year. Minister with responsibility for Energy, Senator Darcy Boyce, disclosed this today and added that recommendations on licensing systems for these producers should be in hand by the end of the year. He further revealed that proposals …

Regional Approach To Oil & Gas Exploration

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Minister with responsibility for Energy in Barbados, Senator Darcy Boyce, has  suggested a regional approach to the issues related to offshore oil and gas exploration in the Caribbean. Speaking at the opening of a capacity building workshop last Tuesday, sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TTETI) and the British High Commission, Senator Boyce stressed the importance …

Solar Retrofit To Start In October

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Starting in October, 13 Government buildings will be retrofitted with solar photovoltaic systems, which is expected to result in US$16 million in electricity savings. Minister with responsibility for Energy, Senator Darcy Boyce, today signed an agreement with the company contracted to install the solar photovoltaic systems, Solar Watts Systems Inc., at Government Headquarters, Bay Street. Also attending the signing ceremony …

Street Lights To Switch To LED

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Government has signed an agreement with the Barbados Light and Power Company to facilitate the retrofitting of 85 per cent of the island’s street lights with LED technology. Funding for the BDS$20 million project, which forms part of the Public Sector Smart Energy Programme, will be provided by the European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank. Of the 28,000 street …

National Cyber Security Strategy Coming

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A National Cybersecurity Strategy, aimed at providing robust cyber defence frameworks and systems, is currently being devised for Barbados. Minister with responsibility for Telecommunications, Senator Darcy Boyce, says the need for such a strategy was now “critical and urgent”, as Barbados faced the challenges posed by cybercrime and the changing nature of cyber threats. Addressing the opening ceremony of the …

Collaboration Needed For Digital Financial Services

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Barbados’ Minister with responsibility for Telecommunications, Senator Darcy Boyce, has told a regional digital financial services (DFS) workshop that collaboration is necessary to move the sector forward. He delivered the feature address under the theme: Digital Financial Inclusion and the Impact on the Financially Excluded and Under-served – A Policymaker and Regulator Perspective, at the event, hosted by the International …

Study To Assess OTEC Potential

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A prefeasibility study to assess the commercial potential of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) will be carried out in Barbados next year. This was revealed by Senator Darcy Boyce recently, in an address to an audience participating in the Caribbean Water-Energy Nexus Dialogue hosted by the Organisation of American States (OAS). Senator Boyce disclosed that the study would assess the …

Students Challenged To Share Ideas

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Minister with responsibility for Energy and Telecommunications, Senator Darcy Boyce, has told secondary school students that they are the ones who will move Barbados forward over the next 50 years. Speaking today at a youth energy forum, hosted by the Division of Energy to celebrate Energy Month, Senator Boyce told his audience: “Whatever we do in technology in Barbados in …