Solar powerGreenrock backs Government's tabling energy legislation

A sustainable development group is backing Government's move to enact energy legislation before a White Paper. Greenrock has initiated several energy conservation programmes in the past couple of years, educating residents and businesses on conserving power.

It welcomed legislation in the House of Assembly on Friday to create an Energy Commission to regulate costs and to investigate complaints regarding suppliers. The Energy Act 2009 also authorises the Energy Minister to issue all licences.


Environmental non-profit Greenrock yesterday welcomed Belco's decision to delay expansion of its plant but warned that Bermuda must reduce its dependence on fossil fuels to make any meaningful change. The charity spoke out following Tuesday's news that Belco will postpone its decision on whether to redevelop its Pembroke site until 2011.

School Roadshow at Bermuda Institute

The Greenrock School Roadshow team has been busy so far in 2009, visiting a wide variety of groups ranging from afterschool programmes and school assemblies to PTA meetings. The show, which promotes sustainable development and sustainable living, has received an enthusiastic welcome at all its stops.

Solar water panel

Customs duty rates have been slashed for environmentally friendly products, in a move welcomed by green campaigners. The changes, which take effect on April 1, see zero duty for solar water heaters, solar thermal collectors, wind powered electrical generating sets and 'smart' electricity meters with net metering capacity. Photovoltaic AC generators are also included in the zero-percent rate. These use solar cells for energy by converting sunlight directly into electricity ...

Warwick Long Bay BEST photo

A petition containing the signatures of more than 5,000 people who oppose the building of a beach bar on Warwick Long Bay was delivered to Premier Dr. Ewart Brown outside Parliament yesterday.

Protesters waving placards asked Dr. Brown and Environment Minister Glenn Blakeney to withdraw permission for a plan by entrepreneur Belcario Thomas to develop a 2,500 sq ft restaurant and cocktail bar on what they describe as a "pristine beach and national park".

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