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British Overseas Territories: Electricity Generation

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which British Overseas Territories micro-generation electricity production schemes are in operation. (269498)

The following Overseas Territories have micro-generation electricity production schemes: the Falkland Islands, Cayman Islands, South Georgia and Bermuda.

There is limited private use by companies and individuals of renewable energy resources such as wind turbines and solar panels in other territories (Turks and Caicos Islands, St Helena and Pitcairn).

This answer does not include information on Gibraltar.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which British Overseas Territories have held trials of power generation from (a) wind turbines, (b) solar power stations and (c) tidal and hydroelectric power. (269499)

Overseas Territories have held trials of alternative power generation as follows:

(a) Wind turbines

Tristan da Cunha has tested a wind turbine.

The Turks and Caicos Islands constructed a wind turbine, however this was destroyed in Hurricane Ike.

St. Helena has an operational wind power generation programme.

The Falkland Islands has an operational wind power generation programme.

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands have trialled wind power generation.

Bermuda has trialled wind power generation.

(b) Solar power stations

Bermuda has trialled solar power stations.

(c) Tidal and hydroelectric power

The Falklands Islands has trialled a micro hydroelectric scheme.

Bermuda has trialled tidal and hydroelectric power generation.

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands already have an operational hydroelectric power generation programme.

There has been some limited private use of alternative power generation systems in some of the Overseas Territories.

This answer does not include information on Gibraltar.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much electricity is generated from renewable resources in each British Overseas Territory. (269782)

The following figures were provided by the following Overseas Territories:

The Falkland Islands generates 24 per cent. of total demand for electricity in Stanley, and 0.6 GWh in the rest of the territory from renewable sources.

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands have a new hydroelectric scheme supplying 100 per cent. of electricity requirements to all but three of its residents.

St. Helena currently generates approximately 25 MWh per month from wind turbines.

Bermuda generates 2 per cent. of its energy from waste.

The British Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands and Montserrat confirmed that they generate no electricity from renewable resources.

There is limited private use of renewable energy resources in Anguilla, the Cayman Islands, Tristan da Cunha and Pitcairn.

This answer does not include information on Gibraltar.