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John Avery (Chairman, PUC)

John Avery (Chairman, PUC)

John Avery
(Chairman, PUC)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The Public Utilities Commission (PUC), along with the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology and Public Utilities has completed its Request for Proposals for Energy Generation, 2013.

It asked for firms to provide up to 60 megawatts of firm capacity electricity and 15 megawatts of energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind and biomass.

A total of 20 bids were submitted and they were formally opened today at the BEL office. But the hard work now begins.

PUC Chairman John Avery says they must work with an eye to Belize’s energy future, as the projects will be implemented over the next fifteen years, beginning with 15 megawatts due next year.

Negotiations are slated to continue through December and the winning bids for the firm capacity division are expected to start work next year to meet the PUC’s 2016 deadline.

Prices are an important factor but Avery says there are no guarantees.

None of the bids have yet been looked at in detail, and that is expected to start shortly.

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