In December, 2017, Nevis’s electricity is set to become 100 percent renewable. Legislators now focus on the prospect of becoming a net energy exporter by selling energy to neighbouring islands.
“We have already done the interconnectivity studies; Antigua is a possibility because they have no prospects for geothermal energy,” Brantley told OBSERVER media in a recent interview.
“Anguilla has no prospects there, but we also have neighbouring islands like St Barts, Saba, St Eustatius who have potential, so Nevis can potentially, I think, in a year, become a net exporter of energy.
And, as a net exporter of energy, we can change the whole economic paradigm in terms of what we rely on here, so that we can wean ourselves even off tourism as a mainstay and have energy and energy production instead,” Brantley added.
Geothermal energy is the heat from the Earth. Resources of geothermal energy range from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath the earth’s surface, and down even deeper to the extremely high temperatures of molten rock called magma.
Officials discovered the presence of geothermal energy some 10 years ago; however as witnessed in many Caribbean islands such as Dominica, it has taken years for financing and exploration work to be completed.
Geothermal will not be the only renewable pathway Nevis is cultivating. In early 2016, the Government announced a new Energy Unit for the island.
Nevis will certainly be one of the islands to watch in the coming years.
Source: Theresa Gordon, Antigua Observer