“Safety and reliability of electricity service are our highest priority,” BELCO President Andrew Parsons said today.
“It is preposterous and irresponsible for anyone to suggest that BELCO would deliberately cause outages to make a point to the Energy Commission, customers or the public at large.
“The recent power outages are in no way connected to, or as a result of, the Energy Commission’s recent ruling regarding BELCO’s rate application. Our mission is to provide secure, reliable, sustainable power, and that is what we come to work to do everyday.”
He added, “The outage events over the past few weeks and Sunday are clearly unacceptable, and we are working diligently to resolve them as quickly as possible. They appear to be unrelated to each other, however, we are investigating to see whether there is some connection.
“So, we are further looking at a wider range of plant and ancillary equipment, our operating regime and the system’s response. Additionally, we have representatives from our engine manufacturers arriving later today to work with us to effect engine repairs.”
Today [Aug 13] BELCO’s electricity generating capacity is close to demand, but the company expects that margins will improve with the return to service of one of its largest units on Tuesday.
BELCO is calling for conservation today and throughout the week, as the company investigates the cause of recent outages and repairs system faults. BELCO said they operate its maintenance schedules in accordance with manufacturer recommended programs.
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