Chamber CEO: Businesses adjusting to constant load shedding

After months of load shedding, the inconsistent power supply throughout the island of New Providence remains a vexing issue for residents and business owners on the island.

However, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC) Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Beckles said yesterday that the business community is just having to learn to adjust to the “frustrating” situation.

Throughout the week, Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) has been conducting hours-long load shedding exercises.

“Businesses have made their adjustments,” Beckles said in an interview with The Nassau Guardian.

“Do we like it? No. But there isn’t much else we can do.

“If you took it from the larger perspective, the power outages are a part of our day-to-day expectations, so the only thing you can do is adjust.

“You can’t get more frustrated than where we are now and there’s a limit to that too [because] we [have to] manage our frustration.

“At the end of the day, our hope is that the solutions that they’re espousing are going to be sooner rather than later and take us out of this spin.

“…There isn’t much one can actually do because of the power services being off, only thing you can do is adjust, because complaining about, I mean we’re already frustrated with the situation, there isn’t much to do, there isn’t much else.”

BPL has said it is investigating the causes of the most recent outages.

“We can confirm that three of our major generation assets were out of service, which exacerbated the challenges we are facing during the summer months,” BPL Public Relations Director Quincy Parker said.

“The failure of these assets extended the periods of load shedding which we were forced to undertake.”

It remains unclear when the power supply will return to a stable condition.

While noting that he was also suffering from the recent power cuts, Public Works Minister Desmond Bannister told The Nassau Guardian over the weekend that the situation being faced by BPL is “not a matter of crisis” despite the constant load shedding.

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Sloan Smith

Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas. Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications

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