Bermuda to become test bed for alternative energy technology
News that the island was to become a test bed for renewable energy sources has been welcomed by environmentalists.
Karen Border, the executive director for the Bermuda National Trust, said the Throne Speech announcement was “a worthy goal”.
But she added: “Bermuda may be an excellent place to test certain wind and sea-based systems.
“However, with our tiny landmass and fragile marine ecosystem, assessing the potential environmental impact of testing such technologies would have to be a key part of any legislation, along with provision for decommissioning and removal of unsuccessful test sites.
“We certainly don’t want Bermuda’s waters littered with the rusting remains of abandoned wind, current or tidal research sites.”
Ms Border was speaking after Rena Lalgie, the Governor, said last Friday that a new Bill designed to promote green energy would boost innovation and help to pave the way for cheaper electricity.