November is Energy Awareness Month
Thursday, November 8, 2018
by Kirby Gajadhar, Department of Energy

Saint Lucia is once again joining in the regional observance of Energy Awarenesss Month under the theme “Pursuing Energy Independence.”

Energy Awareness Month is a collaborative initiative aimed at addressing key energy issues which targets a wide cross section of the Saint Lucian society. Saint Lucia pioneered the observance fifteen years ago, which evolved from a week-long observance into a month-long observance in 2016. It has now been adopted by all CARICOM countries.

Permanent Secretary in the Department of Infrastructure, Ports, and Energy, Mr. Ivor Daniel, said the observance creates a platform to highlight the role of citizens in securing their own sustainable energy futures, by providing information on the steps that can be taken to empower them to do so.

Energy Awareness Month also provides an opportunity to laud the significant strides made by the Government of Saint Lucia toward achieving a higher level of energy independence.

The launch was held on Monday, Nov. 5, with the main highlight being the feature address delivered by the Minister with responsibility for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy, and Labour, Hon. Stephenson King. Minister King said the participation of the populace is vital if Saint Lucia is to successfully make the switch in pursuit of energy independence.

A suite of activities has been organized in commemoration of Energy Awareness Month 2018.

They include school visits throughout the month, No Iron Day on Nov. 16, the Private Sector Energy Fair on Nov. 17 at the Derek Walcott Square from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the National Schools Debate, among others.

The Department of Infrastructure, Ports, and Energy encourages all Saint Lucians to participate, and to be part of the pursuit of energy independence and a sustainable energy future in Saint Lucia.