LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION ON KEN DORSETT

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Message from The Hon. Philip Brave Davis MP
Leader of the PLP
To Party Supporters On The Reported Arrest Of Former MP Kenred Dorsett
13 July 2017
By Voice Note
Good morning
I wish to speak directly to members of the Progressive Liberal Party today on the reported arrest of our friend and colleague and former minister Kenred Dorsett.

You will wake up to screaming headlines and allegations, charges and counter charges. You will be exposed during the coming days to angry exchanges and slurs. Please do not be provoked. Please stand strong.

We pray for our friend and brother Ken, and his family this morning. We urge the authorities to ensure that justice is done in this case and that this is not some witch hunt, working a specific playbook, formed during an election campaign.
I wish you to bear in mind what I have just said.
You see when you look back at what the Free National Movement has done in all its previous terms in government, rather than concentrate on improving the economy and providing jobs for the country, they engage in victor’s justice and vengeance politics. They stop, review and cancel programmes left in place by the previous PLP government without any logical justification. They dismiss people at the bottom of the ladder from their employment with the government who are helpless and are unable to defend themselves. They utilise the power of the state to bring people before the courts and into police stations, with little to show and often engendering hatred that lasts for a life time.
I would have thought that they learned from their previous lessons. Alas the early signs are not good.

Over the past week, the PLP has sought to caution the new government to get to the work of governance.

Now we have this arrest. The Attorney General should only bring charges if there is cogent, probative evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, such evidence lawfully obtained without pressure, promise of advantage or threats. We await the disposition of our justice system in that regard.

What we know is that the Attorney General made a statement in the Senate proclaiming himself as a Minister of Justice; that nothing that he saw amounted to criminal matters. A few days later he resiled from that position following attacks from his own FNM partisans about his stand. This action must also be seen against the background of the Prime Minister himself announcing corruption allegations from the floor of the House and proclaiming quite extraordinarily his country as a cauldron of corruption at a recent international forum. Now we have the arrest of a former government minister. So are we dealing with a self-fulfilling prophecy?
This does not bode well.

I remind everyone that the conventions of our constitution are that each minister bears responsibility for their personal conduct in office. Mr. Dorsett understands that more than most, having been trained as a lawyer. He denies these allegations and promises to defend them vigorously. We are pledged to support him with the best counsel available. In our system, the crown must prove guilt. Mr. Dorsett has nothing to prove.
Further given all that has happened, is it possible to obtain a fair trial within this jurisdiction?

The problem here is win lose or draw, the state has now effectively working with our local press ruined a man’s reputation.
Let us pray for him and is family.

From time to time I will use this and other fora to keep you abreast.
Thank you all. Please spread this message to other PLPs. We must remain strong. We are not a corrupt organization. We do not support corruption in any form. The events now before us are designed to sap the will of PLPS and to destroy the party. I urge you to stand strong and with God’s help we will prevail.
God bless you all.
Bless the Progressive Liberal Party
God Bless the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

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Ken Dorsett Head Of IRENA

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Minister of the Environment and Housing, Hon. Kenred Dorsett, is presently in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates attending the 11th Council Meetings of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

IRENA is “an intergovernmental organization that supports countries in their transition to sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.” There are 147 member countries of IRENA. The Bahamas joined IRENA in 2014 to assist in the deployment of renewable energy sources in the country.

Today, at the 11 th Meeting of the Council, Minister Dorsett, was appointed as Chairman of the IRENA’s Council. The Council is comprised of 21 member countries who are elected in rotation. The Council ensures the equitable distribution of its work, the participation of developing and developed countries and reviews the draft budget and annual report among other things.

The Ministry congratulates the Minister on his appointment and looks forward to supporting him in his efforts as Chairman of the Council for the coming year.

Ken Dorsett Gives To The Young

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December 17th, 2015

Hon. Kenred M.A. Dorsett
Member of Parliament for Southern Shores

RE: Partial Scholarships Granted to Students of Anatol Rodgers

Two male graduates of Anatol Rodgers High School have been presented with partial scholarships to attend the College of The Bahamas. This is the fulfillment of a commitment that I made to principal Myrtle McPhee and the students of the school. I am gratified that I could help Kacey Duncombe and Octavio Obainyear, who are both pursuing degrees in Architecture. It is my hope to be able to continue this scholarship on a yearly basis to assist high performing students of the Anatol Rodgers High School in obtaining a tertiary level education.

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From Minister Ken Dorsett In Paris

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The Formal Announcement On Climate Change 

12th December 

PARIS, FRANCE – Today, The Bahamas, along with the rest of the international community, welcomed the adoption of the Paris Agreement by the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

This historic agreement did not come easy, and I congratulate all those involved, including the President of the Conference of the Parties, Minister Fabius of France, the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Msa Christiana Figueres, as well as The Bahamas team and the wider CARICOM region, the driving force behind the ambition of this balanced. 

The Bahamas welcomes the ambitious commitments in the Paris Agreement, including the aim to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celcius above pre-industrial levels, and also pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees. The shift of ambition towards 1.5 degrees marks the recognition that holding temperature rise to such levels is the only way to ensure the survival of our nation and people. 

Critically, the special needs of small island developing States (SIDS) is preserved in the agreement. References to Loss and Damage represent a work in progress and we have made great steps considering that the issue is a volatile one. The strong compliance language we sought has not been delivered but the future process does not abandon it; and with respect to Transparency, the provisions are very fair and will help The Bahamas in the process of implementation. 

All in all, the Paris Agreement is a major achievement, and brings us one step closer to achieving the future we want and the survival of our planet. The Bahamas looks forward to ratifying the agreement in due course.

 

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KEN DORSETT SPEAKS UP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AT THE UNITED NATIONS

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I note with interest the comments attributed to Attorney Romauld Ferreira in the local media, purporting to speak on behalf of the Save the Bays environmental group.
As all should be aware, my Ministry has drafted legislation to establish the Department of Environmental Planning and Protection (DEPP). The draft was released to stakeholders and the general public for commentary earlier this year. As part of this exercise the Save the Bays group along with others have submitted their formal comments to my ministry for consideration as we continue to finalize the draft. The Nature Conservancy, the Bahamas National Trust, BREEF, relevant Government agencies including the Ministry of Works, Ministry of Transport, the Office of the Attorney General, BEC, Water & Sewerage and others are all involved in the development of the legislation for the DEPP.
It can only be deduced that Mr. Ferreira was seeking public attention with his usual grandstanding knowing full well that consultation on this issue is ongoing. As a member of Save the Bays, he should also know that his organization has been engaged in this process and we thank them for their constructive input thus far. If Mr. Ferreira would like to make a meaningful contribution to this process he should submit his own comments to my Ministry as did other environmentalists and interested parties.
It is counter-productive at this stage to attempt to brow beat the Government having regard to the fact that the legislation is still in draft form. It is also counter-productive to regurgitate the words of a report sent to the Ministry of the Environment and Housing after a free and open request for comments was made and those comments and recommendations are being reviewed and considered.
I suggest that Mr. Ferreira save the grandstanding and become a productive part of this process to enhance the protection of the Bahamian environment. He and all interested Bahamians have been invited to do so and that invitation remains.
Once again, he is free to formally submit his own comments on the proposed legislation to my Ministry. I believe in the development of a participatory democracy and I remain a consensus builder. The legislation we are drafting is far too important to not include the views of those who are interested in seeing it come to fruition. I have stressed that when I began this process and remain committed to that premise.

 

MINISTER DORSETT REPRESENTS US IN ABU DHABI

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17th January 2015

Mr. President, Director General, Excellencies, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen…Good Morning.

I bring you greetings from the Government and the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

I am grateful to the Government of the United Arab Emirates and IRENA for their warm welcome and the hospitality shown to me and my delegation during this meeting.

The Bahamas joined IRENA in 2014. We are currently participating in the launching of the SIDS Lighthouse Partnership. We were also appointed a Co-Chair to the Caribbean Challenge Initiative Council and most recently, will be representing CARICOM on the IRENA council along with Trinidad and Tobago, for the 2015/2016 period.

Since joining IRENA, The Bahamas has appointed a Renewable Energy resource focal point. We are also in the process of establishing a unit solely dedicated to the sustainable exploitation of our natural resources and the deployment of renewable energy technology across our country.

My Government got an excellent head start in the promotion of renewable energy with the assistance of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Global Environment Facility, to conduct two pilot projects that would collect data on the most feasible renewable energy technologies in our market. The first was for the installation of solar water heaters and the second, for the installation of photovoltaic systems in Bahamian homes.

The projects will provide useful evidence for the removal of barriers to the use of RE technologies and guide a new low carbon economy.
Like most in the Caribbean region, The Bahamas’ energy dependency has increased in large portions due to recent global events and the growing energy demand nationwide. Studies have shown that this demand is expected to increase by approximately 30% by 2030. Reducing energy demand and diversifying our energy matrix are fundamental preconditions for limiting our energy dependence. We have identified a number of key areas where action is needed and have made a commitment to have a minimum of 30% RE penetration by 2030.

Last year, my Ministry released The Bahamas National Energy Policy 2013-2033, which outlines the mechanisms through which The Bahamas will achieve a modern, diversified and efficient energy sector, providing Bahamians with affordable energy supplies and long-term energy security towards enhancing international competitiveness and sustainable prosperity by 2033. This is the first national Energy Policy of The Bahamas. I would like to thank the GIZ, the German national company for their support and assistance in developing the Policy.

The Renewable Energy Self Generation program, 2014, is the first program of the policy, which is in the process of implementation. With over 29 generating plants in approximately 26 island locations and over 565 MW of installed capacity, the programme will allow for RE sources to supply up to 10% of peak generating capacity in the first instance.

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (the government owned utility) has prepared a RE Power Purchase/Interconnection Agreement, that will provide the framework for residential and certain commercial customers with RE generation capabilities in particular wind and solar, to connect to the grid. The net metering framework will begin this year. This week, I led the debate in Parliament to amend our Electricty Act, which will allow for grid connection and incorporate renewables in our energy matrix. The debate will continue while I am here and I am certain it will be approved in Parliament before I leave the UAE.

Last year, the Government approved the construction of an OTEC facility for the BAHAMAR resort development which will be used primarily for temperature regulation. However, the agreement allows for the Government to determine its viability for energy production for the benefit of the country.

The Bahamas is also a participant in the Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Challenge. Under that programme, this year we will advance 20 MW of solar utility scale farms on several islands within our archiaepelago.

Mr. Secretary General, the pending Renewable Energy Readiness Assessment is welcomed as a part of the energy sector reform, we trust this can be advanced this year. The Bahamas, like IRENA, is focused on technology infrastructure and standardization. As we embark on our RE Self Generation regime, the protection of the credibility and integrity associated with the infrastructure used in the RE transition becomes all the more important to The Bahamas. We look forward to the strengthening of our relationship with IRENA and its allies as we aim to develop different RE deployment strategies across our archipelago and advance a sustainable energy future. Having regard to the adverse affects of Climate Change and sea level rise on low lying, island nations like the Bahamas, transitioning to a low carbon economy is not only to create a sustainable energy future, but ultimately about saving lives.

I thank you.

Press Statement Hon. Kenred Dorsett Minister of the Environment and Housing September 22nd, 2014

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Hon. Kenred Dorsett

Minister of the Environment and Housing
September 22nd, 2014

RE: NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY & GRID TIE IN FRAMEWORK

Recognizing the critical need for reform within the energy sector of The Bahamas, the government has set about effecting transformation through legislation and policy changes. This position is in keeping with our commitment in the Charter for Governance, beginning at page 37, to reduce the cost of electricity and to address the use of alternative energy sources and increasing efficiencies at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation.

In August of 2013, Prime Minister Christie, released a document on behalf of the government, stating the case for energy sector reform with several key objectives. All of which when achieved would lead to a, “modern, diversified and efficient energy sector, providing Bahamians with affordable energy supplies and long term energy security towards enhancing international competitiveness and sustainable prosperity.” The document also foreshadowed, at the time, the realignment of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC), which is key to real reform within the sector.

In the past two years, in the furtherance of our objective to change the energy sector, this administration has established an Energy Task Force which was charged with advising on solutions to reducing the high cost of electricity. We eliminated the excise tax on fuel used by BEC in the 2013-2014 budget. We eliminated tariffs on inverters for solar panels and LED appliances to ensure that more our citizens would be able to afford these energy saving devices. With the assistance of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the government was also able to advance two pilot projects devised to collect data on renewable energy technologies. The first project provided for the installation of solar water heaters and the second project for the installation of photovoltaic systems in Bahamian homes.

The Bahamas National Energy Policy 2013-2033 is a document which serves as the road plan to securing the energy future of The Bahamas. It presents the Government’s vision and goals for a reformed energy sector after consultation with industry stakeholders. The four goals covered in the policy are:

Goal 1: Bahamians will become well aware of the importance of energy conservation, use energy wisely and continuously pursue opportunities for improving energy efficiencies, with key economic sectors embracing eco-efficiency.

Goal 2: The Bahamas will have a modern energy infrastructure that enhances energy generation capacity and ensures that energy supplies are safely, reliably, and affordably transported to homes, communities and the productive sectors on a sustainable basis.

Goal 3: The Bahamas will be a world leader in the development and implementation of sustainable energy opportunities and continuously pursues a diverse range of well-researched and regulated, environmentally sensitive and sustainable energy programmes, built upon our geographical, climatic and traditional economic strengths.

Goal 4: The Bahamas will have a dynamic and appropriate governance, institutional, legal and regulatory framework advancing future developments in the energy sector underpinned by high levels of consultation, citizen participation and public-private sector partnerships

This document provides the country with a guide to total energy reform by the year 2033 through strategic steps such as fuel diversification, infrastructure modernization, renewable energy source development, conservation and efficiency. It also includes a table for target evaluation and monitoring. As it states in the policy, “To ensure that the goals of the policy are achieved, the Government in consultation with the private sector and civil society will develop 3 year action plans that will enable the development of key actions to support the strategies articulated in the policy document. These plans will provide detailed information on specific actions to be undertaken, the implementing agencies or stakeholders, time lines and costs.”

In conjunction with the release of this policy document, Cabinet has also approved the framework for the Residential Energy Self Generation (RESG) and Renewable Energy Power Purchase/Inter-connection agreements prepared by BEC. The Electricity Act will be amended in short order to enable the government to advance the programme which will be structured as follows:

The RESG programme will provide a framework for residential and certain commercial customers with renewable energy generation capabilities sited on their respective properties for serving their own electricity requirement to connect to the grid. The applicable renewable energy technologies will be wind turbines or solar photovoltaic power sources. BEC will reserve the right to limit the number of services per individual, entity or classification.

The following conditions will be observed in respect to the RESG programme:

1. (a) New Providence

Residential Renewable Energy Self Generator system shall not supply greater than 5 kilowatts (kW) the grid.

Commercial RESG systems (limited to public buildings, including those owned by public corporations, public and private preparatory, primary, secondary and tertiary schools and buildings used by Approved Manufacturers under the Industries Encouragement Act) shall not supply greater than BEC’s estimate of the customer’s peak demand or 50kW, whichever is lesser, unless otherwise approved by BEC.

(b) Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma

Residential Renewable Energy Generator systems shall not supply greater than 3 kilowatts (kW) to the grid.

Commercial RESG systems (limited to public buildings, including those owned by public corporations, public and private preparatory, primary, secondary and tertiary schools and buildings used by Approved Manufacturers under the Industries Encouragement Act) shall not supply greater than BEC’s estimate of the customer’s peak demand or 25kW, whichever is lesser, unless otherwise approved by BEC.

(c) Long Island, Bimini, San Salvador, North/Central/South Andros, Inagua, Cat Island, Great Harbour Cay, Black Point, and Staniel Cay (Exuma)

Residential Renewable Energy Self Generator systems shall not supply greater than 2 kilowatts

(kW) to the grid.

Commercial RESG systems (limited to public buildings, including those owned by public corporations, public and private preparatory, primary, secondary and tertiary schools and buildings used by Approved Manufacturers under the Industries Encouragement Act) shall not supply greater than BEC’s estimate of the customer’s peak demand or 5kW, whichever is lesser, unless otherwise approved by BEC.

(d) All Other Family Islands

Residential Renewable Energy Self Generator systems shall not supply greater than 1 kilowatt (kW) to the grid.

Commercial RESG systems (limited to public buildings, including those owned by public corporations, public and private preparatory, primary, secondary and tertiary schools and buildings used by Approved Manufacturers under the Industries Encouragement Act) shall not supply greater than BEC’s estimate of the customer’s peak demand of 5kW, whichever is lesser, unless otherwise approved by BEC.

With respect to Grand Bahama, the Government intends to discuss this national initiative with the Grand Bahama Port Authority and the Grand Bahama Power Company with a view to obtaining their cooperation that Grand Bahamians can also take advantage of this new initiative.

2. BEC will offer the programme for a period of two years and at the end of the pilot programme, BEC and the Government will review the experiences and determine whether to continue offering the programme at the specified tariff.

3. BEC shall install meters capable of recording energy flows in both directions and will utilize a net billing methodology for billing purposes. BEC shall credit the RESG’s account for all energy (kWh) up to the maximum threshold allowed that is supplied to the grid, based on BEC’s applicable Fuel Adjustment Charge prevailing during the month the energy is supplied. At the end of each billing period, if the account is in debit after the renewable energy charges have been applied, the balance due will be billed and payable. If the account is in credit, the amount will be carried forward to the next billing period. Excess generated energy (kWh) within the allowable threshold will roll over form month to month until October of each year, at which time any energy credit will reset to zero. There will be no payment for excess energy generated by RESGs.

It is my hope that successive governments will adopt The National Energy Policy document and its tenets until reformation of the sector is fully achieved. For our part, this government is committed to continue our efforts to reform the energy sector of our country in full consultation with the Bahamian people and all sectors of society.

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