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ENERGY WAS THE hot topic yesterday as a panel discussion on renewable energy revealed clear differences on when and how it should replace fossil fuels in Barbados. William Hinds, head of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Unit at the Ministry of Energy, was adamant that the time had come for Barbados to seriously consider renewable energy, in particular solar energy, and start to do away with fossil fuels. However, geologist with the Barbados National Oil Company (BNOC), Christopher Moseley, countered that hydrocarbons would be around for a long time to come, adding that there were serious limitations to fully utilizing renewable energy in Barbados. The discussion followed the screening of the documentary film, Switch, for senior secondary school and Barbados Community College students at Olympus Theatres, Sheraton Mall, Sargeants Village, Christ Church.