The Way Forward

AuthorDerence A. Rolle Davis
The Law: The Social and Economic Effect on The Bahamas 2000 - 2020
We cannot forge out a future if we do not first acknowledge and analyse
our past. It is therefore important to consider the following words which are
extracted from our national anthem and which, in my view, at no time like ever
before in our history are so compelling: “…See how the world marks the manner of
our bearing. Pledge to excel, through love and unity …. Pressing onward, march
together, to a common loftier goal…” If there is any hope of us propelling The
Bahamas to higher heights we must do so in unity.
Beyond what we do today and the plans for years to come requires
consistency and commitment. We must see the need to consider our ways and
means and usages. INNOVATION is key! Outlined below are several innovative
ideas for consideration, which if implemented could immediately place us in the
competitive global arena, or at the very least transform our dismal economic
Hydroelectric power is the way of the future. As an archipelago, The
Bahamas is completely surrounded by an abundant supply of water. Canada
since 1891 is an excellent example of a country who has capitalised on the use of
hydroelectric power and can provide us with their experience in this area, a blue
print if you will. Canada has one of the best sources of electricity through the
use of water. Hydropower, is a clean renewable and from a social and economic
perspective can and is readily available. With a growing population this source
of energy can meet peak electricity demands.
The Bahamas can benefit from placing eight power plants around the
country in an effort to effectively produce power by means of hydroelectricity.
Namely, one plant in Grand Bahama, one in Abaco that covers the Berry Islands
and one in Andros that also covers Bimini. Two plants in New Providence
covering east and west, one plant on Eleuthera and Cat Island to be shared. One
plant for Exuma, one plant for San Salvador and one plant for the islands of
Acklins and Crooked Island to be shared. All other islands are to remain on the
power generation system presently being used, with a view to upgrading to
wind power within a one year’s window after the major undertaking by the
government in a private partnership quasi government business relationship. If
we are effective in this regard, we may be able to sell power to our neighbours,
the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and even Cuba.

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