Load shedding resumes after short break

Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) notified its customers last night that it was forced to load shed from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

A notice released by the company stated, “Bahamas Power and Light Company Limited (BPL) System Control wishes to notify customers that, following a day of no load shedding, we are now forced to load shed this evening… We apologize for the short notice and inconvenience.”

Prior to the release of this notice, BPL told its customers in a statement via its Public Relations Director Quincy Parker, that “at the moment our generation is sufficient to meet load demand”.

“This means that we are not forecasting any load shedding at present,” Parker said last night.

BPL did stress, however, that should load shedding become necessary, customers across several areas in eastern New Providence would experience outages in three-hour rotations.

Before the load shedding was announced, BPL was expecting a shortage of at least 15 megawatts yesterday, according to the company’s daily fact sheet.

“Our current availability is 200 megawatts against an expected day peak of 215 megawatts and an expected evening peak of 225 megawatts,” it said.

Parker said it remained to be seen how the load would be later in the evening.

The fact sheet added, “While we still face a deficit of up to 40 megawatts of power during peak energy consumption, our teams of local and international partners have been focusing extraordinary effort while working 24-hour shifts on several aging generation units presently out of service that can provide a combination of the needed power when they are up and running.”

For nearly two months, communities on New Providence have been rocked with hours-long periods of blackouts as part of BPL’s load shedding exercise.

BPL CEO Whitney Heastie said last week that the company cannot guarantee when the outages will end.

However, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said on Monday that the government will dedicate whatever resources are necessary to solve the generation problems.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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