by Larry Smith
The budget proposals relating to the state-owned Bahamas Electrcity Corporation are clear evidence of the government's failure so far to create a new energy model for the country.
The path to that model has been outlined over the past two administrations. It calls for changes to the Electricity Act (which dates to the 1950s), a modern Renewable Energy Act to provide a framework for alternative energy production, and a new management regime (including a waste-to-energy plant) at the environmental disaster we know as the Harrold Road landfill.
Last summer, Environment Minister Ken Dorsett made a grandiose statement to parliament confirming that the government was "working assiduously" to achieve these goals. But only recently, State Investments Minister Khaalis Rolle admitted the entire situation was "still under review".