The Cayman Islands government’s
recent decision to scrap proposals for the development of a wind farm in East
End is understandable.
But it is still disappointing.
We at the Caymanian Compass feel
all would agree that a local Doppler radar monitoring station will serve the
best interests of these Islands in forecasting and helping prepare us for the
worst during storm season.
The threat of hurricanes and
tropical storms is never going to go away in the Caribbean and the station is
really an investment in the country’s future.
So from our point of view,
government is not doing the wrong thing in choosing the Doppler station over
the wind farm proposal, based on the information that is available now, at
However, the decision not to
proceed with the wind farm represents yet another lost opportunity for the
Cayman Islands to have some type of alternative power source – another
investment for the future that is badly needed and sorely lacking here.
Aside from a few enterprising
individuals who have installed windmills on their properties, and a handful of
others who have put solar panels on their homes – and let’s not forget the
Central Caribbean Marine Institute facility in Little Cayman, which is
completely ‘off the grid’ – examples of alternative power use here in Cayman
are few and far between.
The government still has not
allowed the use of electric vehicles on local roadways.
The Caribbean Utilities Company’s
policies regarding power buy-backs from customers who generate their own
electricity simply don’t make sense as they are currently structured.
Gasoline prices are nearing $5 a
Government is just starting on a
proposal for waste-to-energy at the George Town Landfill, the runoff from which
is polluting the North Sound.
This situation cannot go on
indefinitely. It is time for real alternative energy sources to get serious consideration
in the Cayman Islands.