According to press reports this week, Independent Power Producers, namely sugar millers, are seriously considering to shift from the utilisation of coal (which, together with bagasse, is presently the case) to other less polluting materials like wood chips (roseaux de bois) and solar energy. This is in view of the impact of coal on climate change and the country’s commitment to the Kyoto Protocol. That’s all very good and is a welcome initiative. However, until such time that these new projects are realised, the current contracts binding the CEB with the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) will apparently be renewed for a shorter periods than the earlier longer term contracts (typically for 20 years), on terms that have not been disclosed to the public at this stage…
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* Published in print edition on 14 February 2020
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