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Urgent ‘intervention’ needed over rising energy cost in VI– Bishop Cline

-Says electricity bill increased but revenues @ standstill for businesses
Bishop of the new Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola, Mr John I. Cline has called on local authorities to bring urgent intervention to the rising cost of energy in the Virgin Islands, as businesses and residents alike struggle to keep up. Photo: JTV/Facebook
Bishop John I. Cline said the silence of residents and businesses alike have resulted in nothing being done to remedy the situation of rising fuel and energy costs. Photo: Internet Source
Bishop John I. Cline said the silence of residents and businesses alike have resulted in nothing being done to remedy the situation of rising fuel and energy costs. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Bishop of the new Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola, Mr John I. Cline has called on local authorities to bring urgent intervention to the rising cost of energy in the Virgin Islands, as businesses and residents alike struggle to keep up.

The Bishop Speaking during the Friday, June 17, 2022, edition of ‘The Big Story’ with host Cathy O. Richards said the situation is now a concern for the two groups, especially businesses, since although the cost of operation has increased, revenues have not.

“It’s a big concern, so not only is the weather hot, but your bill is seeing a tremendous increase because of this what they call surcharge… to I guess buff it against the current market price of oil,” he said.

Bishop Cline added, “and I haven’t heard anything necessarily from the Government or from the BVIEC as to what they believe they can do to help business owners and residents to help to stem this rising cost of electricity.”

Leadership matters - Bishop Cline 

He noted in this case, that leadership matters despite current VI leaders having their hands full with other pressing issues.

Mr Cline, however, said the silence of residents and businesses alike have resulted in nothing being done to remedy the situation.

Meanwhile, global Oil prices already on the increase as a result of increased economic activity post-COVID-19 pandemic were pushed even higher when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine pulled some three million barrels of Russian oil a day from global supplies.

“Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has driven up gas prices and food prices all over the world,” US President Biden said in a recent address.

Time for intervention - Bishop Cline 

Bishop Cline called on local authorities to do something to bring some relief, to small economies like the VI, “There must be something that must be done, and the Minister of Energy or whoever has to be able to look at this and say it is time for us to intervene.”

He said that intervention must also benefit both residents and businesses in the VI alike to bring relief to the rising energy costs through initiatives like a subsidy.

22 Responses to “Urgent ‘intervention’ needed over rising energy cost in VI– Bishop Cline”

  • Solar (18/06/2022, 17:29) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    Solar power is an affordable alternative. Yet the BVIEC continues to prevent people from getting solar so that they can protect their profits and keep using fossil fuels.
    • Greg (19/06/2022, 07:32) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      The bviec cannot stop you from using solar because I have it for my house. It cost alot to set up, but I paid the start up cost years ago and never had a bill since. After Irma I had full power. It did not get destroyed thank goodness.
  • My God. (18/06/2022, 17:30) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
    Badly needed..Groceries also. This whole thing reminded me of when Govt introduce NHI how health care instantly sky rocketed.. Govt needed to introduce a cap. I think some countries has a cap. Where by the govt made it clear that fuel should not exceed this amt per gal..
  • lol (18/06/2022, 20:02) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thanks for this Pastor Obvious.
  • ? (18/06/2022, 20:07) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    the group that is dealing with government business now, only have the UK interest at heart

  • 2 )> SAVE THE SEED (18/06/2022, 21:39) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    U NEED WATER ???? / IS SOMETHING BOTHERING YOU BRO , ❓ ????
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (18/06/2022, 21:39) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Price control laws of all businesses need to be put in placed, and being strictly enforced by the authorities in charged. Until this is done, talk is cheap, and complaining is useless.
    In other words, greedyness is the norm in the BVI for many years past, even until now..
    Bishop John Cline, you can help, why not show leadership by example.
    We shouldn't blame huh prices only on the current war on going in Ukraine, but also on greedyness of our local business owners, the so-called unity government leaders included. ( fact)
  • Observer (18/06/2022, 22:40) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Agreed 100%...
  • only now (18/06/2022, 23:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only now you notice? BVI Energy policy is woeful. How much investment has there been in its infrastructure? We started out long ago by buying generators at the end of their service life. Sure, we sued and got some money back. Then we got new generators. They initially ran reliably which meant no overtime. It is said this was solved through sabotage, meaning power again became unreliable and low quality. Many of us have to regularly replace electronics because of surge voltages. Solar is an option but import tariff’s are high. You’d think there’d be an incentive to go that way to relieve demand on the existing system, but no. I imagine there’s some jockeying around to see who is going to get the monopoly for importation and installation.
  • @ SENIOR CITIZEN (19/06/2022, 06:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    THE BLAME GAME IS THE NEW NORM LATELY , THE SELF PROCLAIMED BITCHUP , JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTION • @ ( ONLY NOW ) THAT WON'T STOP , THEY ARE CALL PREDATORS , SO ITS ALL ABOUT POWER AND WE ALL KNOW ABOUT POWER AND WHAT IT DOES TO SOME PEOPLE'S MIND , THE REST IS HISTORY
  • c (19/06/2022, 07:01) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    It’s more Biden halting drilling ect than the Russian Ukraine war.
  • lol (19/06/2022, 08:30) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    How can the government intervene on a global plot to impoverish the people of the world to further control them?

    You will have nothing and be happy.
  • setup (19/06/2022, 09:10) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    BVI mountains designed to use lots of fuel for driving up and down hills and providing electricity to the hillside homes. Simpler to live on or by the sea, sailing with the wind, bike riding on the flat roads and avoid driving motor boats and vehicles.
  • KLMM (19/06/2022, 10:57) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    @setup, Say hello to the dreamer in case you haven't notice the BVI are full of hills
  • Help (19/06/2022, 14:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    why is the government giving these businesses discount rate but they not passing those savings to the consumer shameful
  • Wait (19/06/2022, 17:34) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    $50/gal BVI gasoline soon come.
  • Fraud (20/06/2022, 09:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fuel prices just gone up but y'all pastors collecting people money for years of false doctrines.
  • E. Leonard (21/06/2022, 17:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The VI like the rest of world is struggling through skyrocketing cost of living, including rising energy cost. The pandemic caused supply chain issues, pent up demand, supply shortages, inflation, etc, is contributing to the skyrocketing cost of living. In regards to skyrocketing energy cost, it is caused by shortages, inflation, war in Ukraine, market manipulation. Moreover, the VI is a resource-poor, remotely located from major markets, and heavily dependent on imported energy locale. It depends on energy for electricity, transportation, cooking, etc, but has no influence over supply or pricing. In fact oil is a commodity with its price set in global marketplace based supply/demand balance. What can VI residents do about skyrocketing energy cost?

    The VI options are limited. To my knowledge, the VI does not have a gas tax (as the US does), so it cannot implement a gas tax holiday. Perhaps, it can a)temporarily reduce any duty on gasoline, diesel and LP gas with the hope of the reduced future is pass on to the consumers, b) BVIEC temporarily reduce its cost per KWH, c)consumers practice conservation, d) engaged in carpooling, e)park and ride, f)look at effective transportation scheduling ( ferries, etc), etc. My next suggestion is controversial and socialist leaning. Here we go. Government needs to take a look at a temporary, modified, means-tested Universal Basic Income(UBI) programme. What is UBI? Typically, UBI is a legally stipulated and equally set government allocation of a periodic (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual) payment to residents
    • Stealth (21/06/2022, 18:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @E. Leonard, UBI is an interesting idea, proposal, that is not new. It or similar construct has been bandied about for centuries. It is being used in some places in a modified format without the name. Thomas More, 16th Century English philosopher, Thomas Paine, US Revolutionary War organizer, Martin Luther King, etc, have suggested related concept. The bottom line is that the skyrocketing cost of living is brutal, particularly on those on the lowest rung of the economic ladder, so government needs to look at some type of cost of living allocation for BVI residents, especially those at or near the poverty level.
      • Quiet Storm (22/06/2022, 08:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        “……… at some type of cost of living allocation for BVI residents, especially those at or near the poverty level.” Agree. But don’t hold your breath. The elites, the big boys, only look out for their families, friends, people in their clique.
    • @E. Leonard (21/06/2022, 19:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @E. Leonard, the BVI government broke so where are they going to find the money to fund this socialism UBI scheme of yours. Way you does come up with these big country ideas. Ah yu love America too long and forget that the BVI is a small dot on the Caribbean Sea. At least you floating ideas. The amateurish BVI government well that is another tory.
    • Economic 101 (22/06/2022, 17:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @E. Leonard, relax bro. The UBI is not way out there. It already in various forms, though everyone does not directly get a check.


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