AD - PL proposals good but problematic
The Alternattiva Demokratika have said that they agree with the majority of Labour’s energy plans however do not see how they can be implemented in the time frame given.
AD Chairman Michael Briguglio explained that “we like the fact that the PL want to move away from heavy fuel oil to gas, but we hope that it is not Sheil gas, as this is dirtier than what we use now,” he explained. “We also don’t agree that taxes can be reduced in the time frame given, as a project of this scale will take a long time to, not only construct, but research and pass through the appropriate channels”.
Dr Briguglio said “Besides, Enemalta's €800milion worth of debt has to be factored in. Labour should present studies to back up its specific proposals. We also question Labour's proposed time-frames, as processes for tendering, environment impact assessments and other requirements for the construction of a power station take considerable time to be completed. As regards water tariffs, what is needed is to ensure that theft from boreholes is stopped, as this is creating problems of unsustainability which will result in price increases.”
The AD Chairman stated that he would like to focus more on alternative energy sources such as solar power and wind power. “We would like to look at micro-turbines which I believe could be implemented on our island”.The AD would also like to punish those who waste energy through higher prices for households with higher energy usage.