2014 Jaguar F-Type

Září 28th, 2012  / Author: Brightcrystal2011

Slotted below today’s XK roadster and coupe but overlapping them in price, the new F-Type convertible may have a spiritual ancestor in the classic Jag E-Type, but as chief designer Ian Callum says, “this car is for now.”

And for now, it’s a sportscar in the purest form only. No coupe version’s been confirmed, though Jaguar officials hint at a logical hardtop companion for future international auto-show debuts.

The link to today’s XK is clear, but the F-Type clearly progresses beyond that smoother shape. The F-Type has a relatively tall front end with a large grille opening flanked by dual air intakes and capped by upsized, upswept headlamps, underlined in LED lighting. There’s enough Corvette and Maserati influence to go around, especially at those intakes–Callum refers to them as “gills.” The hood’s a clamshell design–it’s another heritage influence that also helps crash safety.

The shape grows sleeker along its shoulder line and along the decklid, where thin baguette-shaped LED taillamps–the thinnest possible, he says–bulge at one end with circular insets that directly refer to the E-Type.

The design’s at its best from the sideview, where there’s just enough overall length to let the muscular suggestiveness play out over surfaces and shoulder lines and door skins unbroken by door handles–they’re hidden, popping up from flush by a touch of the fob or a finger. It’s a touch Jaguar’s kin at Aston Martin might appreciate.

The cockpit’s a more intensely focused environment than in the XK. The driver steps into a cockpit with a hooded binnacle of gauges, while the passenger gets a grab handle–a tacit message about the real mission at hand here. Much of the ancillary information will continue to be displayed on a big LCD screen, but climate controls are back to prominent positions on the stack as rotary knobs with push functions for seat heating. Subtle cues drive home the sportscar message: drivers get a different grade of trim on their part of the IP, and on the more powerful versions the start button, shift paddles and sport-mode switch are marked in diving-watch orange. A flat-bottomed steering wheel will be on the options list, too.

Each of the F-Type’s three engines has forced induction. There’s a supercharged V-8, as well as a pair of new supercharged V-6s–set apart by twin inboard exhausts, while the V-8 has quad exhausts, mounted outboard.

The six-cylinders are 3.0-liter units, one tuned to 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque; it’s shared with other Jaguar products, including the XJ and XF sedans for the 2013 model year. In 380-hp tune, it’s a distinct version held aside strictly for the F-Type. The 0-60 mph estimates for these models are 5.1 seconds and 4.8 seconds, respectively, and top speeds are limited to 161 mph and 171 mph.

An eight-speed automatic transmission with rev matching and paddle-shift controls is the only transmission available–for now, Jaguar officials hint. Unlike the latest models from the marque, the F-Type doesn’t sport a rotary shift control–it has a conventional shift lever that, if anything, preserves the packaging for a true manual transmission.

All powertrains have direct injection and stop/start systems. Active exhaust is standard on the two higher-performance models, and optional on the 340-hp F-Type. The more powerful V-6 gets a mechanical limited-slip differential; the V-8 gets an electronically controlled version for maximum traction. The latter two models will have launch-control modes for fault-free acceleration runs.

Rep. Fabian gets PEEP underway in Zambo City

Září 25th, 2012  / Author: Brightcrystal2011

The DOE campaign, which seeks to lower power consumption in the country by at least 10 percent was met with enthusiastic response from residents in Barangay Santa Catalina last Saturday morning as residents went to avail of the free CFL bulbs being handed out to households.

Mechanics as earlier explained would simply entail any member of a household to present their latest paid power bill for list up and two CFL bulbs will be given out free courtesy of the DOE.

In Zamboanga City, the energy department shipped 10,000 CFL bulbs for distribution through the office of Rep. Fabian for the simultaneous nationwide launch of the program Saturday.

The east coast solon who was tapped to launch the project in the city personally led in the distribution of the CFL or compact fluorescent lamps to eager residents of the barangay of Santa Catalina.

He was ably assisted by Barangay Chairman Belman Malandi, barangay kagawads and members of his congressional and support staff.

Rep. Fabian’s Political and Barangay Affairs Officer Junie Camins said in Sta. Catalina, close to a thousand households were served at two CFL bulbs per household.

Camins added a similar number was also handed out in Barangay Talon Talon where a similarly large enthusiastic crowd greeted the party of Rep. Fabian, Sunday.

Household members from the other barangays will be served by the office of Cong. Fabian in the next couple of days, Camins added.

Meantime, residents who wish to avail of the benefits of PEEP may come by and visit the congressional office of Rep. Fabian to avail of the free CFL bulbs.

All they need to bring is their latest paid Zamcelco bill as proof of validation to get two CFL bulbs for themselves during office hours this week.

The 2nd District Congressional Office is located at the 2nd floor of Yang’s Tower along MCLL highway near where the present bus terminal is located.

Meantime, Rep. Fabian lauded the Department of Energy for launching the program nationwide.

It is very timely as costs of electricity in the city and elsewhere in the country continue to escalate and households could ill afford additional expenses on an already burdened family budget.

The solon called on the public to support the program and urged the judicious use of electricity in homes to help keep energy bills at manageable levels.

“You are not only helping yourselves but the government as well in managing electric power usage, especially at present when capacity is severely constrained resulting in periodic brownouts in the city and the region.”

For his part, Santa Catalina Barangay Chair Belman Malandi thanked the DOE and the Office of Rep. Fabian for bringing the program to his barangay and the city.

Malandi said this is of great help especially in areas where most of the residents are marginally impoverished like Santa Catalina.

Malandi re echoed Fabian’s call for the public to support PEEP in his barangay and other parts of the city and the country as well.

Street lamps turned off to save money

Září 21st, 2012  / Author: Brightcrystal2011

A Mendip village is one of 14 communities which will be trying to cut the amount of light pollution.

Leigh-on-Mendip will be part of a Somerset County Council trial to cut the number of street lamps and the hours they are lit.

Apart from turning the lights off in the 14 villages between midnight and 5.30am there will be other changes in different parts of the county.

This will include some lamps being removed and some dimmed.

The idea behind the scheme is to cut the amount of light pollution produced and energy consumed.

The first three years of the plan are expected to save the council 123,000 in energy costs and 8,300 in carbon tax payments, with continued annual savings for the lighting budget.

Cabinet member Harvey Siggs said: “The advances in lighting technology and the funding available are making this a worthwhile exercise in improving Somerset’s night skies and reducing the council’s energy costs.

“There will be consultation everywhere it is proposed to turn off street lamps, and I’m sure people in Somerset will welcome the choice of how their streets are lit, and the opportunity to contribute to cash savings and darker skies.”

The police have not raised concerns about crime or safety in the areas volunteering, which include many on Exmoor, enhancing the National Park’s stargazing experience – the first place in Europe to be designated a Dark Sky Reserve.

There will be further opportunities for towns and villages to join the part-night lighting trial over the next three years with a budget of 750,000 to pay for the changes.

In villages with only one or two street lamps the option to remove them will be presented to the community when they are due for replacement.

Meanwhile, residential developments across the county are already benefiting from advances in light emitting diode technology (LED), which will mean 60 per cent less spent on energy for lighting compared to existing sodium lamps.

New streets and areas that need extra lighting or replacement lamps are being fitted with LEDs. These combine lower maintenance and running costs with long life expectancy and a purer, whiter light.

For safety, no A or B class roads will have lamps switched off during the darkest hours although eight stretches have been selected for dimming to half the usual brightness.

The funding for the three year project has been provided by the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (500,000), Somerset County Council’s lighting budget (200,000) and 75,000 received within the Council’s Performance Reward Grant from Government.

Cooking, fashion make this fest special

Září 18th, 2012  / Author: Brightcrystal2011

The premises of L’ecole Chempaka were bustling with activity on Sunday morning. Young musicians were crooning and strumming away on the stage of the school’s assembly ground while budding artists sat engrossed in their work in shaded spots of the basketball court. Chempaka was hosting their annual interschool competitions, with participants from seven schools in the city competing in about eight competitions.

“But what sets our event apart is the cooking and fashion show competitions,” said Varsha Renjit of Class XI, one of the coordinators of the event. “The students of our school have brought utensils from their homes for the competition. One boy even brought an oven and the first person to qualify for the second round earns the privilege of baking during it.”

While pots and pans waited for participants to cook their way to victory in ‘Les Gourmets’, newspapers were the weapons of choice for those battling it out for ‘Project Runway’ – the fashion show. Students had to design outfits, the theme being ‘Tribals’, and ready their models to walk the ramp in the given time.

A crane made of used plastic bottles and a large metal drum converted into a face were among the sculptures that were placed for ‘Gallery Award’ – where participating schools had to set up ‘art galleries’ using sculptures, paintings and pencil sketches already made by their students.

“This is different from Brush it Up - the painting competition, where the topic is given on the spot,” clarified Reshmy Rajana Johns of Class IX, one of the volunteers.

Among other off-stage events was ‘Future Project’, where students had to design a new port for Vizhinjam harbour. Young architects used all the thermocol, chart paper and other scraps at their disposal to design the roads, buildings, solar panels, wind mills and LED lights to give form to their vision of the future harbour.

“This is in keeping with the spirit of ‘Emerging Kerala’,” said Samyuktha Thankachy, a class IX student, who emceed the competition.

The day-long event was inaugurated by Mumbai-based Malayali artist Bose Krishnamachari who spoke on the many faces of art. The classic rock band Ground Zero performed in the evening.

Speaking to presspersons, he said the State government has released Rs five crore each to eight Naxal-infested taluks in the State. As many as 16 development work has already been sanctioned. The officials from the police, revenue, ITDP and social welfare departments will hold a joint survey for 10 development work in 11 villages. A meeting was convened under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Dr N S Channappa Gowda in this regard on Monday.

The joint survey is being carried out to ensure that there was no misuse of funds meant for the development of Naxal- infested areas. The work on roads and drains have been taken up in Naravi, Kuthloor, Kukkaje, Shirlali, Aladangadi, Mithabagilu, Malavanthige, Nada, Indabettu. The work on health centre at Yelaneer has begun. Five more roads will be developed in Yelaneer, he added. As many as 13 persons from Naxal-infested areas have been selected as teachers.

The DC has released Rs 41 lakh to take up development work under Calamity Relief Fund. The ITDP will distribute solar lamps, provide financial assistance to repair houses and take up self-employment training programmes in 11 villages at an estimated cost of Rs 95 lakh.

Tell us about Promptec’s products in the field of solar power

Září 14th, 2012  / Author: Brightcrystal2011

One of Promptec’s main focus areas is in solar lighting. However, lighting is on the consumption side and hence it can be used with energy generated from solar, wind and biomass applications. Promptec has developed solar charge controllers, battery chargers to integrate with renewable energy generators. This helps to store the energy in the battery. Some of the key products we manufacture in this area include solar street lights of various capacities, solar home lights, solar lanterns and solar charge controllers.

India is beginning to see a sharp growth in grid-connected solar power capacity under the JNNSM. What is your outlook for solar energy in India?

Yes, there is significant adoption of solar power packs as an alternate source of energy. Thanks to the JNNSM scheme and also the “productized” approach of companies, adoption is becoming easier. It is very important to cut the demand by using energy-efficient products such as LED while implementing the solar power solution. As LED lights save more than 60 per cent energy, the cost of implementation of solar power solutions can significantly come down with adoption of LED.

Tell us the role played by off-grid solar solutions like solar-based LED lanterns etc in rural electrification. What are Promptec’s product offerings in this field?

Solar-based lighting products are very useful and can operate without grid connectivity, especially in rural areas where there are huge power cuts and also absence of grid connectivity. However, this is a cost-sensitive market. We have developed an innovative lantern product which reduces cost burden on customer and provides best of the quality. The light output, duration of light and reliability of product are unmatched. We have sold more than a million lanterns over the last five years and we intend to sell at least a million lanterns over next 2 years.

Please summarize your view on the increasing role played by renewable energy solutions-both as upstream power generators and downstream power consuming devices-in India’s quest for meeting growing energy demands and mitigating carbon footprint.

Renewable energy, especially solar, not only forms a green and clean solution but also due to the gradual reduction in panel prices, it is becoming affordable, fast and easy to implement.A 1-mw thermal power station may take about a year to install while solar would take less than four months. Thanks to the government push, adoption has significantly increased. In a couple of years, you will notice that solar power will be a common scene in households as well.

Similarly, with power cuts and increase in power tariffs, energy efficient devices such as LED lights reduce significant burden on consumers.

Saudi Arabia puts energy efficiency on radar, says Frost and Sullivan

Září 11th, 2012  / Author: Brightcrystal2011

The rise in energy consumption must be addressed by developing new techniques for energy efficiency. Frost & Sullivan recommends upgrading existing systems including controls, sensors, building management systems, and performance contracting models, along with harnessing energy-efficient products and systems to help rationalise energy consumption in the country.

Some techniques that can support energy-efficiency measures are HVAC, lighting, integrated building management systems (IBMS), performance contracting, and recycling. Phasing out inefficient lighting systems with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) lights is further expected to reduce annual electricity consumption by 3.2 Twh and CO2 emissions by 2.4 Mt.

KSA is spearheading the region’s emerging trend towards adoption of alternative and renewable sources of energy. With strong renewable energy resource base and constant technological developments, KSA has ambitious plans to improve energy efficiency by effectively using existing systems and encouraging use of energy-efficient products.

In 2010, the Government of KSA established the Saudi Energy Efficiency Board (SEEC), as energy efficiency was identified as a national priority. Amongst others, one objective of the SEEC was to propose a national energy-efficiency plan in order to rationalise energy usage in the country. Thus, KSA’s first grid connected solar power plant was inaugurated in 2011. KSA offers over $1.35bn of energy-saving potential and out of this about $1bn is an immediate addressable market potential for energy efficiency. Currently, the KSA accounts for $1.44bn of untapped energy-saving market, which translates to about 37.1 bn kWh of energy saved.

“Greener equipment should start making inroads into the KSA market. If Saudi Arabia implements energy-efficiency programmes as proposed by the electricity advisor, demand for products such as programmable thermostats, energy-efficient HVAC equipment, and other associated services and solutions is expected to increase,” says Frost & Sullivan Environmental and Building Technologies Industry Manager, Kumar Ramesh.

According to Frost & Sullivan’s recent study on ‘Energy Efficiency in KSA’, a critical challenge to development of the Saudi Arabian energy-efficiency market is lack of awareness amongst end users. To address this, Frost & Sullivan recommends that KSA should implement mandatory regulations on energy management and incentives for energy-efficient investments in order to generate awareness.

It is also essential to include efficiency standards for new air-conditioning appliances, along with actions on replacing inefficient models and regulation on maintenance. KSA needs to incentivise implementation of new technology to reduce energy consumption, provide more autonomy to energy-related organisations to work towards efficiency, create awareness about the need to conserve energy, and educate end users with respect to increasing energy prices.

As ongoing massive industrial development in the Kingdom is expected to raise the energy demand further, Frost & Sullivan recommends implementation of a transparent building model, showcasing periodic reduction in operational costs for new constructions as well as existing buildings, ensuring energy-efficiency.

Eco-Design Standards and Green-Energy Opportunities

Září 7th, 2012  / Author: Brightcrystal2011

A new family of rugged, high-efficiency power products from STMicroelectronics , a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, enables technology companies to satisfy stricter power and efficiency targets set by eco-design standards and to target green-energy applications such as solar micro-inverters, photovoltaic string inverters and electric vehicles.

The new devices include the industry’s first super-junction transistors (MOSFETs) capable of withstanding peak voltages up to 950V, as well as 900V devices offering best-in-class energy efficiency and the world’s only 850V devices to be offered in the ultra thin and space-saving PowerFLAT 8×8 HV package. Super-junction technology enables MOSFETs to achieve higher operating voltages with very low electrical on-resistance in relation to device size, enabling power supplies to deliver increased system reliability and energy efficiency within compact overall dimensions.

ST is a major supplier of super-junction MOSFETs, and now offers the highest voltage rating in the market as well as the industry’s only second source of 900V super-junction devices. In addition, the family will soon be extended to include new 800V devices.

Demonstrating the efficiency of the SuperMESH 5 devices, ST also revealed details of the first successful customer application for its ultra high-voltage MOSFETs. TCI, an Italian solid-state lighting innovator, has chosen the 950V STU6N95K5 in IPAK package as the main power switch in its latest LED drivers for advanced and feature-rich LED lamps offering benchmark energy efficiency in a physically compact and cost-effective form factor. “ST’s latest-generation SuperMESH 5 technology enabled TCI to establish the best efficiency and safety margin in the marketplace, creating a compelling value proposition for its customers,” said Maurizio Giudice, Power Transistor Division Marketing Director for ST.

Other popular high-volume applications for ST’s new super-junction MOSFETs include flat-panel televisions, PC power supplies, LED lighting drivers, and electronic ballasts for High-Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps. The MOSFETs will enable designers to meet increasingly strict limits on maximum power and minimum energy efficiency specified by eco-design standards such as Energy Star and the EU’s Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive.

An example of tougher eco-design regulation can be seen in the latest Energy Star Program Requirements for Televisions, version 5.3, which specifies an absolute maximum power limit of 108.0 Watts for 50-in. or larger flat-screen televisions. Another can be found in the ErP lighting regulations, which demand increases in the minimum efficacy of various types of HID lamps between 2012 and 2017.

The high voltage rating of ST’s new super-junction MOSFETs increases system safety and reliability. This is an important benefit in HID lamp ballasts and other systems operating at AC line voltages and higher, such as solar micro-inverters and charging points for electric vehicles. Charging points require very high power-conversion efficiency both to minimize charge time and vehicle running costs. In dc-to-ac inverters for solar micro-generators, high-efficiency, high-voltage MOSFETs enable designers to use higher switching frequencies and so generate high-quality ac power while reducing energy losses and solution size.

Solar power incentives slashed again

Září 4th, 2012  / Author: Brightcrystal2011

THE price paid to Victorian households for rooftop solar power they feed into the grid has been cut under a overhaul of incentives for small-scale renewables by the Baillieu government.

The changes will reduce the price paid for each grid-fed kilowatt-hour of solar power to 8 from next year, down from the existing rate of 25, following recommendations by the state’s competition body.

The changes will affect new customers, with households now getting higher prices remaining on those rates. Households that have paid a deposit or have a solar system installed already can still get the 25 price if necessary paperwork is lodged with electricity suppliers by the end of this month.

Under the changes Victoria’s renewable incentives have been broadened to include other smaller-scale renewable energy technologies generating under 100 kilowatts of electricity, such as micro-wind and fuel cells.

Launching the changes yesterday Energy Minister Michael O’Brien said the falling costs of solar panel systems and rising power prices meant households were taking up solar without the need for over-generous subsidies from other power users.

He said a previous incentive of 60 for each kilowatt-hour - scrapped by the Baillieu government last year - was costing Victorian households $41 million a year until 2024 through higher electricity bills to subsidise homes with solar panels.

“People in public housing, tenants who cannot access solar, are paying higher electricity bills in order to subsidise the rooftop solar for other people. That wasn’t sustainable at those rates,” Mr O’Brien said.

Under the new feed-in-tariff, the state government will set the price each year between 2013 and 2016 based on the wholesale electricity price. Then the price will be set by the market.

A Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission report released yesterday recommended a 6 to 8 price and said solar tariffs should become market-based as soon as possible to remain sustainable.

But renewable energy groups said the new price did not reflect savings rooftop solar generated in avoided network and other costs of delivering electricity to homes.

Damien Moyse, from the Alternative Technology Association, said: “The evidence suggests that electricity generated by solar systems is worth more than the average price of electricity in the wholesale market.”

Clean Energy Council policy director Russell Marsh said it was appropriate the Victorian government reduced the level of its support scheme but “the proposed feed-in tariff of 8 per kilowatt-hour is too low and does not reflect the fair and reasonable value of the electricity and other benefits that solar power systems provide”.

The state government also largely accepted recommendations to make connecting rooftop solar panels and other systems to the grid less complicated.

Finding a true tax basis for solar photovoltaic power systems

Srpen 28th, 2012  / Author: Brightcrystal2011

Governments don’t care if solar power actually saves anyone any money or energy, they primarily want to know how much to increase your taxes. Consistent appraisals of homes and businesses outfitted with photovoltaic (PV) installations are missing but a new tool developed by Sandia National Laboratories and Solar Power Electric and licensed by Sandia addresses that issue. PV ValueTM is an electronic form designed to standardize appraisals - basically an Excel spreadsheet, because this is what the US Government and the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy are doing with taxpayer money, instead of research on actual good alternative energy.

“Previous methods for appraising PV installations on new or existing construction have been challenging because they were not using standard appraisal practices,” said Geoff Klise, the Sandia researcher who co-developed the tool. “Typically, appraisers develop the value of a property improvement based on comparable properties with similar improvements as well as prevailing market conditions. If there aren’t PV systems nearby, there is no way to make an improvement comparison.

This will help understand more how awesome solar power is, because when a PV system is undervalued or not valued at all, it essentially ignores the value of the electricity being produced and the potential savings over the lifetime of the system. In other words, they think power companies don’t know how much electricity you use. By developing a standard methodology for appraisers when comparables are not available, they believe homeowners will have more incentive to install PV systems, even if they consider moving a few years after system installation.”

The tool uses an Excel spreadsheet, tied to real-time lending information and market fluctuations, to determine the worth of a PV system. An appraiser enters such variables as the ZIP code where the system is located, the system size in watts, the derate factor – which takes into account shading and other factors that affect a system’s output – tracking, tilt and azimuth, along with a few other factors, and the spreadsheet returns the value of the system as a function of a predetermined risk spread. The solar resource calculation in the spreadsheet is based on the PVWattsTM simulator developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which allows the spreadsheet to value a PV system anywhere in the U.S.

“With PV Value, appraisers can quickly calculate the present value of energy that a PV system can be estimated to produce during its remaining useful lifetime, similar to the appraisal industry’s income approach,” said Johnson. “Additionally, a property owner thinking about installing PV can now estimate the remaining present value of energy for their future PV system and what it could be worth to a purchaser of their property at any point in time in the event a sale of the property takes place before the estimated payback date is reached.”

The tool is being embraced by the Appraisal Institute, which is the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers. “From my perspective as an appraiser, I see that this is a great tool to assist the appraiser in valuations, and it connects to the Appraisal Institute’s recent Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum. It’s an easy, user-friendly spreadsheet that will not bog the appraiser down with a lot of extra time in calculations, and if they fill out the addenda properly, they’ll be able to make the inputs and come up with some numbers fairly quickly,” said Sandy Adomatis, SRA, a real estate appraiser and member of the Appraisal Institute.

Although the tool is licensed for solar PV installations, it could be used for other large green features in a home that generate income, such as wind turbines.

Families are urged to be economical with electricity use

Srpen 24th, 2012  / Author: Brightcrystal2011

Energy boss Walter Higgins advised families to be frugal with their electricity as he warned it could take years to provide a more efficient supply for Bermuda.

But he rejected suggestions rising bills mean bigger profits for Belco, claiming prices are virtually tied to the global price of oil.

Meanwhile Mr Higgins — the CEO of Belco’s parent company the Ascendant Group — suggested the company is backing down in its court wrangle with Government over the base electricity rates.

He acknowledged the onus is on Belco to find a better solution to fund its new $70 million power station instead of through rate hikes which Government opposes.

The Royal Gazette’s The Cost of Living series showed how the electricity bill for an average family climbed 18 percent in four years, prompting the Family Centre to call for Belco to show more consideration during a time of shrinking wages and growing unemployment.

At any one time, about 200 customers are switched off for failing to pay their bills, but Belco says most are turned back on quickly after making arrangements to settle up.

In an interview with this newspaper yesterday, Mr Higgins said there’s no choice other than to raise rates when oil prices increase.

“People believe and think that somehow what we charge for electricity is related to profitability,” he said.

“Almost the entirety of the variability of electricity is directly and solely connected to what the price of oil is.

“The truth of it is that, yes, embedded within our base rate is a profit on the money we spend to build the power plants, which our investors expect a return on their investment for. But that’s two or three percent. The rest is related to the price of oil.

“We have to change the way we work electricity on the Island. We are in the process of doing that.

“That process will take years as opposed to days and weeks. In the long run we want to have a more stable, less variable, more predictable cost of electricity supply.

“We are very committed to finding a way to give the Island and its customers an electricity supply that works for them.”

Asked what he would say to residents struggling to pay their bills in the meantime, he replied: “Do everything you can to save energy, to use the least amount of energy you can to maintain your lifestyle.”

Modern technology such as energy-efficient light bulbs can help, he said, while Belco has payment plans so people can spread their bills evenly throughout the year.

“Keep talking to us. If you do think something is wrong with your meter or your bill, we have people who can help you with that,” he said.

Three months ago, Environment Minister Marc Bean rejected Belco’s appeal against Government’s decision not to raise base electricity rates by 3.5 percent.

The extra cash would have paid for the new power station at the Pembroke base, which is described as critical in meeting the Island’s ongoing energy needs.