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Gibbs falls short on just one ‘power’ point


Gibbs falls short on just one ‘power’ point

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IT IS OBVIOUS that Mr Tony E. Gibbs has more than passing knowledge of how power generation systems operate.

As one having deep interest in the move from fossil fuels to solar and its impact on how Barbadians generate their own electricity and power in the future, I follow Mr Gibbs’ articles and letters with the greatest attention.

I agree with 99 per cent of the points he made in his latest letter on the matter of having a more robust grid and where reliable and lasting solutions can be found.

However, Mr Gibbs fell short of scoring a maximum 100 when he suggested that businesses calling for a power protection plan should look no further than the Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) and the Fair Trading Commission.

He failed to include the people’s parliamentary representatives, the foremost decisions-makers in the country with influence, power and laws at their disposal to change the way how things are done.

Power outages, guaranteed performance standards and other related matters are not for business houses alone, but affect every citizen using BL&P’s service.

If performance standards under GES1 and GES2 are too low, then they should be adjusted.

If the company is too protected and insulated to the disadvantage of customers, then standards and regulations should be adjusted to bring about some level of equity and fairness.

Ultimately, there must be a regime and environment of strict adherence if customer satisfaction and fair trading are to be real-life experiences.