Hello, my name is Nikita Rennie and I am 16 years old. I recently completed S5 at La Digue school and currently interning at the Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) as I await my exam results.
The main objective of the SEC, only just established in 2009, is to regulate electricity related activities for adequate, reliable, cost effective and affordable electricity while protecting and conserving the environment. The commission also regulates the generation, transmission, distribution, supply and use of electricity as well as promoting the use of energy efficient technologies and renewable resources.
Although having previously met the CEO, Mr Tony Imaduwa, at the opening ceremony of the Blue Economy internship I could not help but feel slightly nervous as I made my way to SEC where I would be interning for the next two weeks. However, any anxiety I had been experiencing soon disappeared on entering the office where I was greeted with smiles.
I was given an official welcome and a briefing of what my two weeks at SEC would comprise followed by an introduction to the team who were all very friendly and welcoming.
Mr Denis Morel, technical engineer at the SEC, made sure I was settled in before calling me over to explain and give me a proper insight into a project currently taking place, the Resource Efficiency (RE) project. A second blog will elaborate.
I was fortunate to have been able to attend two workshops in just one week as well as visit two sites whereby I participated in the data collecting process of the RE project.
So far I am enjoying my experience. It’s amazing how much I have come to learn in just one week such as how far Seychelles actually is in it’s plan to reduce and eventually eliminate its consumption of non renewable energy. Most of Seychelles’ energy supply is based on oil products which are not only harmful to the environment as they emit carbon dioxide gas when burnt, contributing to global warming but are also depleting fast. Hence SEC’s efforts together with GOS-UNDP-GEF to adopt a more sustainable future for Seychelles.
I look forward to the coming week and sharing more knowledge and experience through my blogs.