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Minister Grant Inviting Proposals for Energy Generation Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

According to the Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission, John Avery, last year the Belize Electricity Limited spent about $40 million more than anticipated on cost of power. Unlike this wet year, last year was not a good year for hydroelectric power generation and B.E.L. had to rely more on power from Commision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) than initially projected. Senator Joy Grant, Minister of Public Utilities, Energy, Science and Technology wants Belize to become energy independent and she outlined the Ministry’s plans in an address to the nation on the occasion of National Energy Week.

According to Minister Grant, in 2013 the Ministry held conferences in Belize City, Corozal and Dangriga to consult with private sector partners about priorities in energy investments. As a result, the Public Utilities Commission has invited individuals to present proposals for energy generating projects and, according to Avery, forty individuals have expressed some kind of interest and as much as ten have already formally applied to be a part of the process. Grant says the long term goal of the ministry is to “build a dynamic public-private partnership to transition to a green economy overtime”. 

The Ministry has implemented an Energy Effectiveness Project to improve on energy efficiency. Four Government buildings are being energy audited and will be retrofitted to decrease energy use and save on electricity bills. The Ministry is also mapping energy use countrywide to guide decision making in the year ahead. Minister grant says we must “utilize our renewable energy resources and improve efficiency to become energy independent”.

She opened Energy Week saying she is “confident that great strides will be made to increase our investments in renewable energy projects and through our collective actions to conserve energy when we can- use sparingly when we must to achieve greater energy efficiency here at home.”