Mauritius | Energy

November 26, 2013

Report Of National Energy Commission Unveiled

This is an exclusive Radio Plus: Integrated Energy Plan 2013-2022 of the Central Electricity Board (CEB) goes against the concept of "Sustainable Mauritius Island." This is one of the highlights of the report of the National Energy Commission (NEC), report that Radio Plus has revealed the outline Monday morning Nov. 25 even though it has not yet been made public so far.

The NEC was established by the Government January 31, 2013 following a hunger strike initiated by the social worker Jeff Lingaya, which challenged the proposed coal-fired CT Power in Pointe-aux-Caves, Albion.

The Commission, chaired by Dev Manraj, Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister should review the energy needs of the country and make recommendations to the government on projects in the energy sector in order to respond appropriately to the needs of medium and long terms.

It is with this question that the NEC is born: should we go ahead with CT Power? Peeling this 230-page report, Radio Plus has sought primarily the answer to this question. CT Power, yes or no? It is clear that this report gives more reason for opponents of CT Power and the CEB is leaving it the most feathers.

The Commission in black and white that the CEB energy plan, the Integrated Energy Plan 2013-2022, and by extension the energy landscape with CT Power, goes against Maurice Ile Durable and with this plan, it n 'there is no chance that renewable sources represent 35% of our energy mix by 2025.

NEC will even counter calculations CEB on the supply and demand of electricity. "We do not agree on many points with the CEB, we insist on lower demand," wrote the commission in this document that Dev Manraj submitted to the Prime Minister's office last October.

Dev Manraj and other members of the commission, in fact, generated and analyzed two schemes. The first: an energy landscape dominated by coal. As if a central similar to CT Power existed already . The second: Priority is given to renewables.

The first would use six times more coal and emit four times more CO2. In addition, it cost 40% more expensive. The second, he paves the way for the production of clean energy citizen cooperatives. This would create jobs and democratize the energy sector. Commission for economic and environmental health reasons therefore recommends the second schema.


Jeff Lingaya: "No political will '

"There is no political will for the implementation of the report of the National Energy Commission." This is the view expressed by former hunger striker Jeff Lingaya on Radio Plus. He wondered about the role of government and the Opposition on this issue.

Joe Lesjongard: "The government does not have to heart the protection of the environment"

Member MMM and chairman of the Committee of Energy  emphasizes the publication of the report. According to him, the Deputy Prime Minister Rashid Beebeejaun reply to the Private Notice Question (PNQ) Paul Bérenger last Friday clearly shows that the energy sector goes wrong. He believes that government has no heart to the environmental protection of the country.

Note that the Parlimentary Private Secretary (PPS) and Chairman of the Labour Party (PTr), Patrick Assirvaden, who hosted a press conference at noon on Monday 25 November, would not comment on the report of the NEC.

Deva Virahsawmy

The Minister of the Environment, interviewed by Radio Plus, says the CT Power project will see the day in 2016 when the developer complies with the regulations. Provisions, he said, were made for the power plant uses "clean coal" and that the project does not affect the health of the inhabitants of the region.




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