02 Apr '12, 1pm

High Cost of Diesel Spurs Caribbean Island's Renewable Energy-Climate Change Plan:

High Cost of Diesel Spurs Caribbean Island's Renewable Energy-Climate Change Plan:

Lying east of the US and British Virgin Islands, the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla’s resident population, at some 15,000, makes it about the size of a small American town. Anguilla, along with its Caribbean island neighbors, is at the forefront of change when it comes to coping with the twin challenges of rising costs– both economically accounted for and “externalized”– of fossil fuel energy and climate change, however. Reliant on imported diesel for its electricity generation, electricity prices for Anguillans have soared recently, to $0.63 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Growing numbers have found themselves unable to pay their monthly bills, which has prompted the Anguilla Electricity Company (ANGLEC), the island’s sole power provider to cut their power to the point where the 91-square mile island has frequently “been plunged into darkness,” according to an IPS news r...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/04/02/high-cost-of-diesel-s...

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