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Mar 6, 2015

PUC Shortlists Companies to Provide Alternative Energy to National Grid

John Avery

In October 2013, the Public Utilities Commission requested proposals for electricity generation in order to secure additional energy generation and supply capacity to meet all reasonable demands in Belize for the short to medium term.  A number of proposals were submitted for evaluation, including energy and dispatch simulations over a sixteen-year period.  This would determine which of the projects would provide the best fit for the country considering current and expected demand.  This afternoon, the PUC held a press conference to update the public on its recommendations.


John Avery, Chairman, Public Utilities Commission

“Basically what we concluded from this is that all cases, given current and future operating parameters and the scheduled addition of projects will provide adequate capacity coverage starting from year three to four of the review period up to years fourteen to seventeen of the review period. At which time, we will have to be looking to adding new capacity if we want to be self-sufficient in the event that we lose Mexico. Again, with all the different developments taking place, interconnection between Central America, South America, North America; it could be at that time that we would not need necessarily to add capacity because fairly reliable capacity at competitive prices may be available from outside the country. And so the BAPCOL project, the second conclusion…the BAPCOL Project and SS Energy would provide the most urgent release in terms of current capacity shortages, particularly during the dry season. The graft that we had up earlier did show that at this stage before projects are being added, there are times in the dry season that if we lose Mexico, we don’t have enough capacity to satisfy the demand in country. So right now, we are operating; during the dry season, if we are to lose Mexico right now, there is a good possibility that we would have to start low-change because we don’t have enough capacity in country. And so these two projects would be the first two projects expected to come on stream. They will be able to provide immediate relief—not fully, but some relief during the dry season. So from a capacity standpoint, these two projects are very critical in the short term.”

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