Updating | Island Wide Power Outages

December 18, 2020

[Updating] The island experienced wide scale power outages today [Dec 18] with most the island losing power at just past 10.00am and remaining without power for several hours. Power was restored to most the island by 5pm, and BELCO confirmed thw welcome news that no staff were injured, and the hospital confirmed that their emergency backups kicked in and all patients were safe.

A screenshot of the BELCO outage map, the blue areas are what was out today, as in island wide


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  1. James says:

    All our eggs in one basket.

  2. Puckface says:

    Canadian power play? Or did Caines spill his cereal on the control panel?

  3. They tried to run the power plant off of Titty Milk.

  4. Nicky says:

    I cannot ever recalling such an outage in the history of BELCO?

    • Toodle-oo says:

      You can’t recall the disastrous fire they had a some years back that saw parts of the island without power for 4+ days ? Hamilton shut down and office workers sent home ? I was lucky as my power was only out for 6 hours but many parts of the island really suffered . Thankfully it wasn’t peak summer heat time when it happened .
      How old are you ?

      • Question says:

        It happened in July, I’m pretty sure it was over Cup Match.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      15 years ago, I recall it well.

  5. Glynn says:

    For an entire country to loose electricity out of the blue means that something catastrophic happened.

    Secondly, BELCO’s explanation is cold and insensitive and it lacks substance. Our Premier and all of Bermuda deserve respect and a forthright explanation.

    The Premier and his Cabinet should pursue this as a matter of national urgency and demand accountability and answers at the highest level in BELCO.

    • sage says:

      They didn’t even mention any cause.

    • Bermudian says:

      What?! What else/more do you want? Something happened…they’re trying to fix it, power will come back on. Belco apologized for the inconvenience. What else is left to talk about?

      • sage says:

        The truth would be good for a start. When no less than three presidents stand before the media to explain why we just had an unprecedented island wide black out days after decommissioning the old engines, I think they have a duty to tell the public what happened, not to deflect with a list of 10 things that didn’t happen.

    • Ringmaster says:

      Agree 100% and the ECO Radio station 100.1 is a joke, as it usually is during a huuricane. Lousy music and @take precautions for a hurricane@. No information. Why did it take over 2 hours before reports were broadcast? Where was the Premier in all this? An Island wide blackout is a disgrace and Belco need to be held to account.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “The Premier and his Cabinet should pursue this as a matter of national urgency and demand accountability”

      BELCO is a private company, the Premier and his Cabinet have no more authority over BELCO than they have over The Marketplace or SAL.

      The Regulatory Authority, on the other hand, might have better luck.

  6. Sandgrownan says:

    What does Tiddy Milk have to say!?

    • Answer says:

      Probably thinking what most of BDA is thinking! Shouldn’t you be busy trying to find more surrogates? 5 clueless and 1 jetgate :)

  7. Kathy says:

    GRID IS ANTIQUATED! TIME TO GET INTO THE 21ST CENTURY! The rest of the world is leaving us in the dust. We need a smart grid that meets the needs of 2021! We demand a grid that can be fully integrated with mass renewable energy uptake. GET SPENDING, BELCO!!! YOU ARE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING OUR ISLAND FUNCTIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS UNINTERUPTED!

    • Truth and reason says:

      It’s got nothing to do with the grid. Engines went offline. And Belco is in the middle of spending tens of millions of dollars on upgrading the grid.

  8. QFF says:

    Well. This is what happens when you sell an important asset and take care of the F&F. Well done Government. Maybe we should buy it back like the airport. Brand new power plant and we have a black out. A judicial review is required. We are the laughing stock of the Caribbean. What’s the RA Chief gong to do now. He is no longer conflicted and as the ex belco ceo, he is well positioned to opine.

    I hear ……….. nothing but tree frogs ………… and back up generators.

  9. Curtiss Smith says:

    It is long overdue, that there be an initiative for each residency be affixed with solar panels for supplementary electricity in order to reduce the demand on BELCO power, while lowering our electricity bills. Wind energy should also be a consideration. I do not accept that there is good reason why such an initiative is not underway island wide. Our country needs leaders who are forward thinking and planning, and not just talkers.

  10. Y-GURL says:

    Where has all the massive profits being going if not back into your infrastructure as improvements

  11. BELCO President ONLY says:

    We only need to hear from BELCO president. Caines get off the stage.

  12. Trudi Pugh says:

    Maybe I was lucky or maybe I was recognized as a medical priority. I was in the middle of a Home Dialysis five hour session and “de lights went out”. I was fortunate to be one of the first to have the pleasure of seeing the ceiling fan start to whirl and hear the microwave beat. Thank you Belco! Merry Christmas to you all.

  13. Sherlene Anne Smith says:

    GM , BELCO this is no time to be OUT OF POWER. This is the time when we are doing our CHRISTMAS BAKING. I was to do my cakes yesterday , I’m glad I change my mine. Please not today I’m already a day behind. THANK U