Head of the Guyana Energy Authority (GEA), Dr Mahender Sharma, has called on consumers to utilise energy-efficient appliances in their homes and other facilities.In brief remarks at the end of the Regional Energy Kilo-walk organised by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Energy Programme, Dr Sharma told scores of participants to “put energy-efficient things in your homes”, as quoted by the Department of Public Information. The event was held to observe Caricom Energy Month.A section of the participants during the walk on SaturdayProgramme Manager for energy at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr Devon Gardener, has said the activity was organised to increase citizens’ awareness on the importance of sustainable energy use.The walk commenced in front of the CARICOM Secretariat at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown and proceeded westward, before turning right onto Conversation Tree. It went along the Rupert Craig Highway to the UG road, then headed west along the Railway Embankment and concluded at the CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters.This exercise is one of a number of activities to observe CARICOM Energy Month, which is being observed under the theme ‘Rethinking Energy – Shaping a Resilient Community: Walk the talk’.Other activities for the month of observances include a Youth Essay Competition, Young Energy Artist Competition, Energy Personality Award, and Knowledge Webinars.Energy Month activities are being organised across the region with the aim of highlighting the role of citizens in securing their own sustainable energy future by providing information on the steps that can be taken to empower them to so do.Saturday’s event targeted a cross-section of society with the expectation of providing a platform to increase awareness on sustainable energy matters, as well as the efforts of the Caricom Energy Programme and the Guyana Energy Agency.The event was attended by officials from the various ministries, members of the diplomatic corp, members of staff, representatives from various NGOs, youth groups, and the public.
A Los Angeles City Council committee will discuss a proposal today to increase the Department of Water and Power’s base rate for water and electricity. Base power rates will rise 9 percent by July 1, 2009 in a series of three increases that will generate $183 million over the next three years under a proposal approved by the Water and Power Commission earlier this month. The electricity bill for the average residential customer using 500 kilowatt hours a month will increase about $1.75 per month effective Jan. 1 under the proposal, which must be approved by the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to take effect. The commission will also consider a proposal to increase residential water rates by about $1 per month beginning on July 1 in both 2008 and 2009. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The electricity rate increase is needed to pay for the utility’s Power Reliability Program, which is intended to upgrade electrical infrastructure, DWP officials said. A substantial portion of the infrastructure was installed between 30 and 70 years ago. The DWP has not increased its base electric rates since 1992. The power system supplies 19 percent more electrical energy now than it did in the early 1990s, according to the utility. The council’s Energy and Environment Committee will meet at City Hall at 8:30 a.m. The proposal the committee will review incorporates a plan to charge many households in the San Fernando Valley lower rates for electricity during the summer compared with the rest of the city, on the grounds that those who live in a hotter climate deserve a break, the Los Angeles Times reported. The move has been greeted skeptically by four City Council members who represent low-income neighborhoods south of the Santa Monica Mountains, who questioned whether it would reward a section of the city with large numbers of single-family homes, according to the newspaper. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!