The latest speech by Enemalta Chairman Louis Giordimaina describes in a nutshell what the government thinks about alternative energy. Mr. Giordimaina said that it is almost impossible to produce energy by renewable means in
This is not only a very short-sighted comment, but highlights the “spin” the government wants to give energy generation in Malta after it failed miserably to introduce a coherent plan regarding energy generation and an “energy conscious mentality” in the Maltese people after 25 years in government.
According to Giordimaina
The present government has been subsidizing PV panels only for only a few years. When the subsidisation was introduced, there was a limit to how many people could apply for it. Now, finally, it seems that the government has opened the door to all those people who wish to invest in PV technology. This step has been taken at a very late stage and coupled with the fact that the rebate is 50% still means that PV technology is quite expensive and can only be afforded by the upper middle class. Another problem is that there are too few companies that specialise in PV technology and they practically have a monopoly. Prices vary little and so the consumer has very little to choose from.
Considering the enormous cost of investing in heavy oil and the power-plants that use it, wouldn’t have been much wiser to increase the rebate on PV technology to get more people to adopt it?
Another question is why after successive budgets declaring that all government buildings should start investing in PV technology, Mr. Giordimaina explained that now: “the government is in the process of identifying selected government owned buildings in order to install photovoltaic panels.” This means that the government wasted more than four years because it first mentioned using such buildings for the placement of PV panels in the 2008 budget!
According to Mr. Giordimaina the new heavy fuel oil power plant at Delimara will replace the old power station in Marsa and an interconnector with
Both statements are true, but actually skirt some of the most serious problems are country faces.
The first has to do with the new power plant at Delimara. We are sure that Mr. Giordimaina’s friends at the World Fuel Oil Summit were happy to hear that
But is an interconnector a safe solution?
Mr. Giordimaina talked about the AC cable as if electricity is going to flow through it from
The only advantage will be a reduction in pollution, but those who think that electricity and water bills will fall because of the interconnector will be very disappointed.
What does Mr. Giordimaina mean that the interconnector will offer a more secure of supply of electricity?
There’s nothing more secure than producing our own energy, but Mr. Giordimaina’s admission that it is impossible to produce alternative energy in
Why focus on an immensely costly interconnector with foreign countries, when alternative energy generation could have been developed here in
I am not referring to large costly wind farms, but to small PV, Solar Heaters and Wind installations on roofs. If Enemalta had been even slightly forward-looking, it would have started developing the potential of thousands upon thousands of roofs, but even the development of the National Grid came late. It all boils down to Enemalta and the Nationalist government’s total lack of vision and planning in the energy sector to the extent that our country still lacks a decent energy policy.
If the present government had started using households to generate electricity fifteen years ago, the numbers today would be enough to start offsetting the huge cost of oil purchasing. Add to this the fact that the untold millions spent on the purchase of oil and the construction of another power station turbine would have gone a long way in providing thousands of households with strong alternative energy subsidies in the form of PV cells and wind installations that would have pumped huge amounts of clean energy into the National Grid.
Finally, can we take Mr. Giordimaina seriously about the 100MW offshore wind farm at Sikka l-Bajda the government wants to develop when it has already wasted almost five years discussing wind energy generation and did absolutely nothing?
But, then Mr. Giordimaina just delivered the speech and he is nothing more than another government yes-man whose expertise is aviation and whose stint at the Water Services Corporation solved absolutely none of our fresh-water problems!
It’s just another case of musical chairs with our corporations by Nationalist sycophants.