The future of our electricity supply is an important topic for debate and has a significant impact on Bermuda's 'triple bottom line' of Environmental, Social, and Economic Sustainability. Earlier this year the Department of Energy published a new Electricity Policy, and have just followed this by tabling a new Electricity Bill for Bermuda.

Solar's big heyday may be just three years away as the unsubsidized cost of panels plus storage is set to become cheaper than retail power supply in several large markets, Bernstein said.

"The math would work in: Australia, Japan and Spain. Brazil and parts of California will become economic shortly thereafter," Bernstein said in a note last week. "At that point, solar without subsidy and without kid-glove regulatory treatment, would - if combined with energy storage solutions - be capable of supplying electricity ('on' and 'off')."

It expects solar will reach a cost below $0.40 a watt by 2018, leading to a combined cost of the solar-plus-battery electricity supply of $0.24 a kilowatt hour on an unsubsidized basis in select markets, including Australia, where residential retail power averages $0.26 a kilowatt hour.

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bonnie mc glynnGreenrock is very pleased to welcome Bonnie McGlynn as interim Executive Director. Bonnie has a wealth of experience to bring to this role, particularly in education. She is a former Principal of Dame Marjorie Bean Hope Academy, a Founding member and on the Board of KATKIDS, and heads the Education Committee of the Bermuda Sloop Foundation.

This is the beginning of the end.

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back. 

The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels, according to an analysis presented Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance annual summit in New York. The shift will continue to accelerate, and by 2030 more than four times as much renewable capacity will be added. 

"The electricity system is shifting to clean,'' Michael Liebreich, founder of BNEF, said in his keynote address. "Despite the change in oil and gas prices there is going to be a substantial buildout of renewable energy that is likely to be an order of magnitude larger than the buildout of coal and gas."

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bulbWhy does our island, with the perfect conditions for solar energy, generate less than 1% of its power from the sun? The answer spans our current Energy Policy, economic incentives, and inertia.

Our integrated electricity system belongs in the past - it hasn’t really changed for 30 or 40 years; and in the meantime, technology and the economics of alternative sources of power have changed dramatically.

pitcairn islandsThe creation of the world’s largest marine reserve in the Pitcairn Islands represents a missed opportunity for Bermuda to blaze the trail in ocean conservation.

This is the view of Chris Flook who, in his former role as a consultant for the Pew Foundation, worked with Government to create such a reserve in Bermuda in 2013.

The reserve in Pitcairn designated by the UK Government this month has been praised by the Pew Charitable Trusts as well as the National Geographic Society, who joined with local elected body the Pitcairn Island Council in submitting a proposal calling for the reserve.

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Every child in every school in Bermuda learns that the way to live more sustainably is "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle". Except, apparently, in Bermuda. Sustainable living means efficient use of our resources for the long term, which makes the short term proposal by the Bermuda Government, to close our recycling plant because it is "not a money-making entity", perplexing to say the least.

good samaritan lawGood Samaritan laws offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated. Simply put, it offers legal protection to good samaritans. Most developed countries have this legislation in place, in one form of another, but Bermuda does not. The first Good Samaritan Act for Bermuda will go before Parliament for approval this May.

Why does Bermuda need a Good Samaritan Act?

EH 60February 18, 2015- (Hamilton, Bermuda) On March 28th, Greenrock will partner with Waterfront Properties Limited, to host the 7th Annual Celebration of Earth Hour in Bermuda. For the sixth year running, the City of Hamilton will turn dark for one hour, from 8:30pm until 9:30pm, in the hopes of sending a powerful message promoting a brighter future for our planet and its habitants, stressing the importance of living sustainably. The philosophy behind Earth Hour is that this singular mass movement will help to share further awareness and encourage action in protecting our ever-changing environment.

Mangareva AerialOn Tuesdays a propeller aircraft can take passengers from the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia to Mangareva, Tahiti's French Polynesian neighbour, and the largest island in the Gambier Islands chain.

A short ferry journey from the Mangreva's airport takes passengers to Rikitea village where, if timed correctly, the MV Claymore II, a 160-foot passenger and cargo ship, will be waiting. 8 times a year she takes 12 passengers (and cargo) on the 32-hour, 200-mile journey to Pitcairn Island.

AirportArtCropDuring the summer of 2014 LookBermuda approached Greenrock about their AirportArt Project at LF Wade International Airport.

Subsequently, two anonymous donations were made in support of Greenrock through the International Charitable Fund of Bermuda for US tax payers. 

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