News Report: Energy concerns can’t be “bottom of the barrel”, warns Chamber exec

Written by Natario McKenzie, Eyewitness Business News, September 13th, 2021


Deal says multiple administrations have failed to adequately handle the issue.


“We often only think about electricity when it’s either off or the bill comes”


NASSAU, BAHAMAS — This nation needs to “stop pretending” and get serious about addressing its energy concerns, a Bahamas Chamber of Commerce executive said yesterday, warning that it can no longer be a “bottom-o-the-barrel” issue.


Debbie Deal, head of the Chamber’s energy and environment division, told Eyewitness News that this nation’s energy concerns should be at the forefront of the next administration’s agenda as it is a key issue for local businesses and residents as well as foreign investors.


“Every now and then, people moan and groan about the energy situation and people complain about the power supply,” said Deal.


“It’s such a serious situation yet we have seen multiple administrations not be able to adequately address it. “This is not something you can pay lip service to or put at the bottom of the barrel. This is not a bottom-of-the-barrel issue.