FTC: Managing Energy Cost

It is estimated that the cost of electricity has doubled in Barbados since 2008. We are curious about the process of sourcing Bunker C to fuel Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) generators. How are the generators which use Bunker C integrated into the distribution of electricity to the benefit of the consumer? How has the price of Bunker C trended since 2008 and have Barbadians consumers benefited?

BU fully supports government’s strategy to diversify energy needs BUT in the migration process we should hold BL&P accountable. It is not lost on BU that BL&P appears to be playing a ‘leading’ role in the alternative energy debate. This makes BU very uncomfortable given an obvious vested interest.  In this regard – is the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) a failed organization?

0 responses to “FTC: Managing Energy Cost

  1. The 11 plus should stay until all the secondary schools have equal resources and good teachers at every school.

    There would also have to be a system similar to the one in Toronto where fast/eager learners are put in what is called a gifted learner program.

    Students of above average intelligence and ability must be allowed to progress or you will develop a Nation of mediocre underacheivers.

    More GPs and Bushies, less Hants.

  2. How did you arrive at that position David?
    Who could be a better leader of RE in Barbados than BL&P?
    RE is even more complex than the centralized fossil based energy approach we know. Do you think that novices can succeed in making this work?
    Will it not require centralized, complex, intelligent grid technologies to be viable?
    What Bizzy what?
    …based on his Red Jet experience Bizzy have more dollars than sense.

    @ Hants
    Stop making joke do…!
    More bush men to do what? Confuse the place? :)

  3. Bushie have a problem where those who SHOULD be leading are standing back, while those who have no idea what is going on are up front making fools of all of us.
    This whole nonsense started in Barbados when Sir Henry decided NOT to take the lead in the BLP….presumably because he did not want the stress and was making SOOOOO much money otherwise…

    This opened the door for jokers to run to the front while those who were actually CAPABLE were in the background making millions and talking shiite….

  4. David,

    You wrote in your most recent blog address to us, that “your contribution like Mascoll’s and other commenters is subjective and anecdotal. We need to see greater evaluation measurement analysis to help public discourse”.

    If we may say it, what we were simply dealing with was the rejection by the PDC of a totally false argument that Mascoll was reported as having used in the Daily Nation newspaper, May 9, 2013, as some likely evidence of his support for the retention of a long failed CEE exam.

    What we used in destroying Mascoll’s poor rakey argument were incontrovertible logic, facts and experience in doing so.

    PDC

  5. David,

    You wrote in your most recent blog address to us, that “your contribution like Mascoll’s and other commenters is subjective and anecdotal. We need to see greater evaluation measurement analysis to help public discourse”.

    If we may say it, what we were simply dealing with in our 6.51 am post was the putting forward of a robust counter rejection to a totally false argument that Mascoll was reported as having used in the Daily Nation newspaper, May 9, 2013, as some kind of evidence of his support for the retention of a long failed CEE exam.

    What we used in destroying Mascoll’s poor rakey argument were incontrovertible logic, facts and experience.

    And David you should have known that by using logic, as Descartes was to have used often during his time, that our party is in a position to deduce sound principles concerning the social and other illogics of the CEE.

    PDC

  6. The Bush Man………..this post is for your perusal………..

    http://www.trinidadexpress.com/letters/Dont-sit-back-question-our-leaders-206857101.html

    Hants…………….you have a point, accommodate the gifted students, by all means, but they should also accommodate students who are just as bright or brighter in other areas putting programs and testing in place that would match the comprehension and skill levels…………..i personally know of kids black and bajan white who passed common entrance for HC, QC, St. Michael, Lodge, and two years later it was plain to see that they were just one day wonders, able to digest and regurgitate at the speed on light without educational longevity, these days the ones who don’t end up as dropouts, end up as paying students at learning for life, an alternative school. Give kids the tools they need and they will perform accordingly, they just need the right environment. As to your dream about all the schools being funded equally and being seen on the same lever……..sorry to tell you, but the tone was set decades ago, the mentalities have it written in stone………they like it so………..ask Bushy.

  7. Both Mascoll and Jones reponse wa can desribe as that of “lazy thinkers” The very same attitude that has got as in economic mess th forcing us tostay stagant unable to move foward and constantly paralze with fear persuming that whatever changes necessary would be disruptive while being unable to see the long term goals and benefits which would be achieved to country as a whole

  8. There is a fantastic editorial piece in barbadostoday.bb touching on Education Minister Jones’ reply, we need to query why the Nation News and Advocate are not also running editorials on this vexing delay in coming to a decision about the future of the islands children in preparing them for a new world order…………..i hope it is not because of petty political affiliations.

  9. Being bog down in ineptness and mental tardiness is unacceptable in a mdern world where change is consistent and have no patience or forgiveness for those lags behind.

  10. Colonel Buggy………….the European has the distinct and nasty habit of using the brightest black minds to do their bidding and when it is time to give credit where it is due…………..hog the lime light and all the financial benefits for themselves.

    I re-read Akonu’s post and remembered that the same idiot of a professor Shockley forgot one detail, Condoleeza Rice is also a professor and residing provost at Stanford University, and she may have been there before he was (she is not my favorite person, but that’s another story, she still deserves her credit)…………..he is only putting out there how black people are perceiving themselves and being perceived to the financial benefit of others. We can also count many more geniuses in the black race.

  11. Again, it’s becoming increasingly clear that successive ministers’ only interest over the years was/is leaving their ministerial posts with a title out of england, now we can safely say it is recognition and repayment for keeping certain systems in place that guarantees that the people cannot move forward and also repayment for their corrupt ways. Let’s hope Jones is not one of those education ministers merely waiting for a title out of england and that he does the right thing.

  12. Another valid reason kids should be given the necessary tools needed to bring their hidden genius to the fore……………

    Boy genius diagnosed with autism has IQ higher than Einstein
    Kristine Barnett noticed that her little boy Jacob – whom doctors had tagged as autistic – seemed to have a fascination with patterns. So she took him out of his school’s special ed program and let him study the things he’s passionate about. Now Jacob is on his way to winning a Nobel Prize.
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    Jacob Barnett, who was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at 2 years old, is now studying for a master’s degree in quantum physics.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/
    Jacob Barnett, who was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at 2 years old, is now studying for a master’s degree in quantum physics.

    As a child, doctors told Jacob Barnett’s parents that their autistic son would probably never know how to tie his shoes.

    But experts say the 14-year-old Indiana prodigy has an IQ higher than Einstein’s and is on the road to winning a Nobel Prize. He’s given TedX talks and is working toward a master’s degree in quantum physics.

    The key, according to mom Kristine Barnett, was letting Jacob be himself — by helping him study the world with wide-eyed wonder instead of focusing on a list of things he couldn’t do.

    Diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at the age of 2, Jacob spent years in the clutches of a special education system that didn’t understand what he needed. His teachers at school would try to dissuade Kristine from hoping to teach Jacob any more than the most basic skills.

    RELATED: ONE IN 50 AMERICAN KIDS HAS AUTISM: WHAT THE LATEST FIGURES TELL US
    Kristine Barnett, author of “The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius,” said that she initially found it hard to get Jacob the right education.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk
    Kristine Barnett, author of “The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius,” said that she initially found it hard to get Jacob the right education.

    Jacob was struggling with that sort of instruction — withdrawing deeper into himself and refusing to speak with anyone.

    But Kristine noticed that when he was not in therapy, Jacob was doing “spectacular things” on his own.

    “He would create maps all over our floor using Q-tips. They would be maps of places we’ve visited and he would memorize every street,” Kristine told the BBC.

    One day, his mom took him stargazing. A few months later, they visited a planetarium where a professor was giving a lecture. Whenever the teacher asked questions, Jacob’s little hand shot up and he began to answer questions — easily understanding complicated theories about physics and the movement of planets.

    RELATED: SEE-THROUGH BRAINS MAY CLEAR UP MENTAL MYSTERIES FROM AUTISM TO ALZHEIMER’S
    Jacob was silent for much of his childhood. But when he started to speak, he was able to communicate in four different languages.
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    Jacob was silent for much of his childhood. But when he started to speak, he was able to communicate in four different languages.

    Jacob was just 3-1/2 years old.

    His mom realized that Jacob might need something that the standard special education curriculum just wasn’t giving him.

    So Kristine decided to take on the job herself.

    “For a parent, it’s terrifying to fly against the advice of the professionals,” Kristine writes in her memoir, “The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius.” “But I knew in my heart that if Jake stayed in special ed, he would slip away.”

    RELATED: BOY GENIUS PUBLISHES BOOK ABOUT WHAT IT’S LIKE TO ENROLL IN COLLEGE AT AGE 8
    Jacob Barnett with his mother. Developmental specialists told Kristine that her child would never learn to read or tie his shoes.
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    Jacob Barnett with his mother. Developmental specialists told Kristine that her child would never learn to read or tie his shoes.

    The Hamilton County mom, a nursery school teacher, decided to take Jacob out of school and prepare him for mainstream kindergarten herself.

    Jacob thrived under his mom’s personal attention. She let him explore the things he wanted to explore. He studied patterns and shadows and stars. At the same time, she made sure that he and enjoy “normal” childhood pleasures — softball, picnics — along with other kids his age.

    “I operate under a concept called ‘muchness,’” Kristine said. “Which is surrounding children with the things they love — be it music, or art, whatever they’re drawn to and love.”

    By the time he was 11 years old, Jacob was ready for college. He’s now studying condensed matter physics at the Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.

    RELATED: PRECOCIOUS 2-YEAR-OLD SHOWS SIGNS OF MUSICAL GENIUS
    Jacob (far left, bottom) with his family.
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    Jacob (far left, bottom) with his family.

    His IQ rounds out to 170 — higher than that of Albert Einstein. He’s been working on his own theory of relativity. Professors at Princeton’s Institute for Advance Study were impressed.

    “The theory that he’s working on involves several of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics,” astrophysics Professor Scott Tremaine wrote to the family in an email.

    “Anyone who solves these will be in line for a Nobel Prize.”

    Warner Bros. has snatched up movie rights to Jacob’s story. Kristine and her son have embarked on a European book tour, but hope to have some time to rest by July.

    “My goal for the summer is just to give him a few weeks off,” Kristine told the Indianapolis Monthly. “The last time he had that was when he came up with the alternative theory to the Big Bang. So who knows what he’ll create?”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/autistic-boy-genius-iq-higher-einstein-article-1.1340923#ixzz2T1mEJV8K

  13. Over 1.2 billion people – 20% of the world’s population – are still without access to electricity worldwide, almost all of whom live in developing countries. This includes about 550 million in Africa, and over 400 million in India. – World Bank.

    Time to stop supporting the vampires / oil companies.
    h

    Ethiopia Powers 13,200 Homes With Solar Energy

    Posted on September 2, 2013 03:15 pm under Business, Energy, Strategies & Solutions

    VENTURES AFRICA – In a bid to improve power generation, Ethiopia’s Energy Ministry said it has launched a $11 million (birr208.8 million) solar systems project, which will be used to power 25,000 homes in rural areas of the country.

    The Ministry’s Director of public relations, Bizuneh Tolcha said that the installation “will provide enough power for lighting, mobile phones, a computers and solar fridge for each home”.

    According to local reports, since the launch of the project, 13,200 solar systems have been installed across the East African country and on completion, 11,800 more will be installed.

    What is Barbados waiting on .
    Stop supporting the vampires.

  14. What is Barbados waiting on ?

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