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April 01, 2008


drew Roberts


read a bit more carefully, I never said don't put them there. I just don't buy the out of sight argument.

I was in Portugal December gone. Windmills all over the place in the areas I visited. They were located somewhat irregularly on hilltops and other windy spots and not in some regular grid. Often there would be an old style windmill near one of the new ones.

My biggest issue is that we should take this time as an opportunity to explore ways for homes to become energy self sufficient.

I would hate to see the government try to block these opportunities in order to protect BEC as an income and vote source.

If we can't get there now because of the tech, fine. But if we artificially favour the centralized approach...

all the best,


Mike Russell


Sorry, did not mean to come down so hard. I am just tired of people talking about change (not just locally) but not prepared to accept it, if it affects them negatively in the least way.

Wind generated electricity may or may not be the way for us to go as it may not be windy enough to support it, but should be studied along with all the other possibilities.

Maybe now is a good time to organize a think tank of Bahamian Residents (if such a group does not already exist) to look at ways and make suggestions for us to become energy self sufficient. If such a group already exist would someone please post a contact for them.

If I am not mistaken Larry Smith is on the BEC Board, hopefully he is doing something towards getting BEC to accept a buy back of surplus power produced by persons with solar panel systems.

For what it is worth,

larry smith

Thanks Mike, but I am on the ZNS board - not BEC. And that is a WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY!!

Your suggestion for a think tank or network to address energy concerns is a good one. It is similar to what was suggested at the recent renewable energy conference at Cape Eleuthera.

That's why I set up Bahamas Ecoforum (you can easily google it).


Hello Noel

Please contact me A S A P




drew Roberts

Mike... and others of course:


"Germany passed a law demanding utilities buy excess electricity from microgeneration at a good price and the take up of solar, and no doubt other technologies, has soared."


These are not necessarily my "point of view" just info put up for thought.

all the best,


richard cant

I thought I would share this website with you.

Openhydro actually use Current Cut as an example of an ideal site for use of tidal energy. I have checked it out and the general flow rate varies from 4 to 6 knots and this is exactly what is required.

Check the site and you can google Current Cut for specific information.

William Bardelmeier

It is encouraging to read that BEC has created a special committee to research renewable energy systems that may now be viable in this country.
Projects such as that of Mrs McKinney & Waste Not‘s plans to reduce the volume of daily waste we generate may hold real hope for ending large-scale landfills.

I have no detailed knowledge of wind generation viability here, but I don’t think many others do either. We keep hearing talk of our wind power potential but it will be foolish to prolong such talk if in doing so we delay close scrutiny of more promising sources.

I suggest we need finite numbers, or at least rules of thumb,defining the average wind velocity needed to make wind power viable. Yes, certainly we have winds, but one is inclined to doubt whether their average force is adequate.

By the same token we don’t have much tidal rise. Yes, several natural sites such as Current Cut presumably could generate a fair bit of electrical power to serve the small nearby populace.

Yes, we have some formidable wave action on our eastern coasts. We learned the hard way that wave power could reach up and destroy Glass Window bridges almost as fast as we could build them, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into a viable energy source that we can harvest.

Therefore it seems logical that we should concentrate early investigation into our solar assets and into ocean thermal energy conversion.

Large-scale photovoltaic generation requires a lot of land mass (or sea areas) to collect sunlight. It’s too promising to ignore but surely going to be difficult to reconcile with tourism.

Perhaps one large area where such collecting systems could occupy unused and seldom directly viewed space might be large airports. The acreage between landing and taxiing surfaces perhaps could be useable without compromising aircraft safety.

The tiny nation of Palau has just voted to spend $500,000 to investigate OTEC systems. That’s big money to those citizens. Shame on us. We haven’t expended anything but hot air so far.

Let us hope that articles such as this can make it difficult for politicians to continue stalling on our vital need for long-term renewable energy sources.

Angela Briggs

Hi Bill Smith - watched your son David James Elliot last night on the Hallmark Channel as an FBI agent, trapped on a plane from Australia with a serial killer. He is such a fine actor and as usual performed brilliantly. You have every reason to be proud of him.

Angela Aranha Briggs

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