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New BPL board announced

Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) Executive Chairman Pedro Rolle said yesterday that he is committed to ensuring that BPL delivers “economically clean” energy to Bahamians. 

Rolle, whose appointment was first announced three weeks ago, is a former president of the Exuma Chamber of Commerce with decades of experience in the financial services sector.

Minister of Works and Utilities Alfred Sears unveiled the full board yesterday.

“Power deliverance must not be centered,” Rolle said.

“It must be a national issue. How we do it, what ways we come about in doing it, is going to be critical for this board in particular. So, we accept the challenge that is before us.

“We are aware, too, that delivering efficiently and economically clean energy to The Bahamas is more than just something we talk about.

“In order to make this happen, the greatest asset that we have at BPL would be the men and women who are instrumental in delivering the power. It is our goal in ensuring that we work together.”

Daniel Ferguson, who served as president of Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants and financial controller for Batelco, will serve as BPL’s deputy chair.

Errol Davis, who Sears described as “the expert in power generation”, will also serve on the power company’s board of directors.

“He is known to this organization, having led the power generation of BPL,” the minister said.

“He is an engineer by training and entrepreneur. Someone who I know in another setting as an entrepreneur in the marine resource area. Someone who has been looking at the issue of renewables and how it ought and could be integrated into our system.”

Other board members include Anthony Farrington, Reneika Knowles, Dirk Simmons, Cheryl Simmons, and Nadia Storr.

Sears described the board as diverse, noting the presence of young people.

“These persons will serve as the board of BEC, the statutory corporation and the sole shareholder of BPL, and they will also serve as the directors for BPL which a company under the Companies Act and has the responsibility — pursuant to the energy policy set by the government — to deal with the generation of power, the distribution and transmission of power and, as the chief executive officer said, in a safe, affordable and the act also said sustainable,” he said.

“We’re putting that emphasis on the sustainability of the generation of and the distribution of power.”

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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