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Consider the Alternatives

Bali Tourism Companies to Be Compelled to Use Alternative Energy.

(4/26/2010) Beritabali.com reports that the provincial government of Bali will soon require tourism enterprises to draw at least 10% of their energy requirements from alternative sources. Included among alternative energy sources are solar power, wind power and water power.

The new rules requiring tourism companies to source alternative power supplies will form part of a forthcoming decree by Bali's governor.

The head of Bali's Environmental Agency, Anak Agung Sastrawan, said the new ruling would initially only apply to new tourism companies.

New tourism companies not prepared to commit to using alternative energy sources will see the government refuse to process all their required operating licenses.

Explained Sastrawan, "it may be that we won't process all of the license applications as part of the government's commitment to enlarge the use of alternative energy source."

The new regulations are expected to be introduced in 2011 as part of Bali's commitment to create a "green island" that preserves and protects the environment.