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Traffic Diversion: Broken Pole In Devonshire

Traffic Diversion: Broken Pole In Devonshire

Traffic is being diverted away from the Orange Valley Road area near Middle Road after a utility pole broke resulting in the top part of the pole with wires attached hanging over the road. We unofficially understand a tractor trailer truck was in the area when the incident occurred. BELCO staff and vehicles are at the scene working to replace the pole.... Read more of this article

Column: Pimentel On Bermuda’s Energy Future

Column: Pimentel On Bermuda’s Energy Future

[Written by BELCO President Dennis Pimentel] Friday, November 30th will mark an important step toward reaching an historic milestone in Bermuda’s history. The last Friday of this month is the deadline for submissions for comments on the integrated resource plan [IRP] for Bermuda’s energy future. This step is a direct result of the Electricity Act... Read more of this article

BELCO ‘Impacted By Rapidly Falling Demand’

BELCO ‘Impacted By Rapidly Falling Demand’

It’s been “challenging” for BELCO as they have “been impacted by rapidly falling demand and pressure from the Government and our customers to lower our rates,” Ascendant Group – the parent company of BELCO – said today [Nov 2] as they announced results for the first nine months of 2018. Ascendant President and... Read more of this article

Students Thank BELCO & Public Works Staff

Students Thank BELCO & Public Works Staff

Staff from the Ministry of Public Works, Buildings section and BELCO were hosted today at the Harrington Sound Primary School for a special appreciation assembly. Public Works and BELCO staff with Minister of Public Works Lt/Col David BurchPrincipal Cindy Weeks, faculty and students presented the workers with certificates of appreciation to recognise... Read more of this article

RA: ‘BELCO Instructed To Initiate Rate Review’

RA: ‘BELCO Instructed To Initiate Rate Review’

[Updated] BELCO has been instructed by the Regulatory Authority to “initiate a rate review, which will assess all costs associated with producing and distributing electricity,” the RA said today. An RA spokesperson said, “This will result in an updated rate per kilowatt hour [kWh], that is, the rate on a BELCO bill that is shown... Read more of this article

Electricity Feed-In Tariff Review Now In Progress

Electricity Feed-In Tariff Review Now In Progress

The Regulatory Authority of Bermuda has started the Feed-In Tariff [FIT] review process today that will result in a FIT being set in 2019. “This follows the issuance of the General Determination [GD] for the Feed-In Tariff Methodology, which can be seen on the Authority’s website,” the RA said. “A FIT is paid to households and businesses... Read more of this article

Dennis Pimentel Appointed As BELCO President

Dennis Pimentel Appointed As BELCO President

Ascendant Group today [Oct 22] announced the appointment of Dennis Pimentel as President of BELCO. “Dennis started as a BELCO apprentice in 1989 and has progressed through the ranks of the Company during the last 29 years. Dennis held the positions of Specialist Electrical Fitter, O&M Foreman and then Capital Projects Foreman,” the... Read more of this article

Ottiwell Simmons On BELCO & Union Matter

Ottiwell Simmons On BELCO & Union Matter

[Written by Don Burgess] Former BIU President Ottiwell Simmons said in a public statement “it was by far time now that BELCO management yields to the rights of the working-class people of this country.” He says this harkens back to the 1965 dispute between BELCO management and the workers. The workers of the Electricity Supply Trade Union... Read more of this article

ESTU Express Gratitude For Support Received

ESTU Express Gratitude For Support Received

Following a meeting held last night with the Premier, Ministers, and Ascendant Board members, the Electricity Supply Trade Union [ESTU] have expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support that they have received. ESTU President Donald Lottimore said, “Good day to the people of Bermuda, we, the members of the Electricity Supply Trade Union,... Read more of this article

Premier: ‘A Way Forward Has Been Agreed’

Premier: ‘A Way Forward Has Been Agreed’

[Updated] A meeting held last night with the Premier, Ministers, Electricity Union executive and Ascendant Board “was productive and a way forward has been agreed,” Premier David Burt said this morning. This follows after the Ascendant Group obtained a Supreme Court order  directing ESTU members “to return to their full employment... Read more of this article

Electricity Union: ‘Severity Cannot Be Ignored’

Electricity Union: ‘Severity Cannot Be Ignored’

The ESTU “exhausted all possible avenues in coming to a beneficial solution for all parties involved in this dispute but the response received has placed us into a corner with no other option but to continue with the withdrawal of labour,” the Electricity Supply Trade Union [ESTU] said this evening. This follows after the Ascendant Group... Read more of this article

‘Ascendant Obtained Order From Supreme Court’

‘Ascendant Obtained Order From Supreme Court’

This afternoon [Oct 19] Ascendant “obtained an order from the Supreme Court directing members of the Electricity Supply Trade Union [ESTU] to return to their full employment effective immediately,” the company said. This follows after workers decided earlier today to withdraw labour, with ESTU President Donald Lottimore saying, “Our membership... Read more of this article

‘Ministry Will Work To Achieve Some Resolution’

‘Ministry Will Work To Achieve Some Resolution’

Following today’s withdrawal of labour by Electricity Supply Trade Union members who work at BELCO, Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown confirmed that the Ministry “had been in discussions with the ESTU.” “This dispute has emphasized the importance of the issues at stake and where possible, this Ministry will work to bring the parties... Read more of this article