Barbadians have pulled the plug on their electricity usage from the Barbados Light & Power (BL&P), cutting their power consumption to near 1974 levels.
With discontent growing over rising electricity bills as a result of international oil prices, outgoing BL&P chief executive Peter Williams revealed to the DAILY NATION yesterday that electricity sales were down four per cent – the first time in 37 years.
He said electricity costs and significant “conservation efforts” by Barbadians at all levels had caused the fall in electricity use.
“Some say it is counter-intuitive that we would want them to reduce electricity usage but it is in the interest of all of us in the economy that we save,” he noted Williams, who hands over leadership of BL&P to Mark King on November 1, is to become managing director of Light & Power Holdings Limited – the holding company that operates BL&P and which is owned by Canadian power giant Emera.
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