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BPL urged to move away from rental generation

Rental generators at Bahamas Power and Light’s Blue Hills Power Station. FILE

In light of Bahamas Power and Light’s (BPL) recent request for proposals (RFP) for additional generation at the Blue Hills Power Station, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Committee Chair Deborah Deal yesterday urged the state power provider to seek permanent generation solutions.

On Monday, BPL issued the RFP for 25-40 megawatts over a period of one year.

The deadline for all bids is January 29, 2020 at 4 p.m.

BPL Chairman Dr. Donavan Moxey said the RFP for rental generation was issued because the company’s current rental generation agreement is set to expire.

According to Moxey, BPL currently has 105 megawatts of available rental generation.

“I’m hoping that they take it a little bit further and turn that into actual generation,” she said.

“Somehow, we need to get rid of the backup generation because the backup generation was only brought in because we didn’t have enough generation that was working, and we actually had to create what we needed to keep the island going.”

The company received 25 megawatts of rental power last year from the UK company Aggreko to add to its generation supply in an effort to combat anticipated load shedding ahead of the summer months last year.

Moxey predicts that with the permanent generation that came online at station A at Clifton Pier Power Station last December, there will be no load shedding this summer.

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