Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association Supports Geothermal Energy

vlcsnap-2013-07-19-14h33m24s203Although there has been strong criticism against the Government’s plan to pursue geothermal energy, the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) has thrown its support on the side of the Government.

vlcsnap-2013-07-19-14h34m10s203Speaking at a panel discussion on the ‘Economic and Environmental Impact of Geothermal Development’ in Dominica, member of the DHTA and Environmental Consultant, Marie Jervier Edwards said however, the Government needs to conduct proper studies on the impact of the multimillion dollar project before they proceed.

“Geothermal energy is a good thing, however it has to be done properly and we are to hold the Government responsible, on how it is going to be done, so all negative impacts can be mitigated,” she said.

Minster for Public Works, Energy and Ports, Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore, says the preservation of the environment will be a priority in their pursuit to geothermal energy.

According to the Minister, they realize the Roseau Valley as a very important tourism destination, so their approach will strengthen and coincide with the effort of preserving the environment.

“The test wells were undertaken and there was no incidents with their ‘get it right the first time approach’,” he explained.

Prime Minister Honourable Skerrit has repeatedly mentioned that with geothermal energy, Dominicans’ electricity bills will see a reduction so we can move away for our dependency on fossil fuels.

vlcsnap-2013-07-19-14h33m35s94The Government plans on constructing a five megawatt plant, followed by a 15 megawatt plant to supply energy for exporting purposes.

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