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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

Have Feedback On Bermuda’s Electricity Plan?

Have Feedback On Bermuda’s Electricity Plan?

If you would like to submit feedback on Bermuda’s long-term electricity plan, there is now extra time to do so, as the closing date for comments has been extended to November 30th. An RA spokesperson said, “The public and electricity sector stakeholders have been granted extra time to submit comments on Bermuda’s long-term electricity plan, known... 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

Updating: BELCO Staff ‘Withdraw Labour’

Updating: BELCO Staff ‘Withdraw Labour’

[Updating] Members of the Electricity Supply Trade Union [ESTU] — who work at BELCO — met this morning [Oct 19] at BIU Headquarters, with the members seen leaving the meeting at around noon today. Earlier this month, BELCO’s parent company Ascendant Group announced the “departure” of four senior executives — Denton Williams, Michael... Read more of this article

‘BELCO Cannot Guarantee Full Electricity Supply’

‘BELCO Cannot Guarantee Full Electricity Supply’

[Updated] “Because of the lack of manpower, and in order to ensure we can operate the plant safely, BELCO cannot guarantee full electricity supply to the island,” the company said today. This follows after workers decided earlier today to withdraw labour, with ESTU President Donald Lottimore saying, “Our membership took a vote and as of... Read more of this article

BELCO Grid Code Submissions Now Available

BELCO Grid Code Submissions Now Available

BELCO has advised that submissions related to the Grid Code Consultation are now accessible via the BELCO website at www.belco.bm under the ‘Latest News’ tab. BELCO has published the official responses to comments and discussion points stated during consultation. “The Grid Code is intended to ensure a safe, secure, sustainable and reliable... Read more of this article

‘Increase Benefit Of Solar Technology Installation’

‘Increase Benefit Of Solar Technology Installation’

In order to “assist homeowners whose properties and systems fall on the lower end of the ARV scale,” the Government has updated the rebate program to “increase the benefit of solar technology installation for these individuals.” This was announced by Minister of Transport and Regulatory Affairs Walter Roban and Director of the... Read more of this article