Residents suffer from darkness and high temperatures during a power outage on Father’s Day – Eye Witness News

  • BEWU President Kyle Wilson said more outages are expected without overhaul of transmission and distribution networks.

  • BPL blames “bad weather” and apologizes to consumers

Nassau, Bahamas — When residents celebrate Father’s Day across the Bahamas, the Bahamas Electricity and Light (BPL) challenged to restore power supplies and must withstand hours of power outages in central and eastern parts of New Providence. Some had to.

Unplanned as a result of problems that plagued power grids and grids as feeders tripped last week, despite planned outages for logging and generator maintenance in New Providence, San Salvador, and Exuma. There were many outages.

As a result, there was no steady management-to-management plan, which created legacy issues in terms of power outages and summer readiness — BEWU PRESIDENT KYLE WILSON.

Yesterday, the BPL said there were some areas without electricity in the center of New Providence, but it was expected to recover within an hour.

However, a utility representative said consumers in some areas need to disconnect as others have returned online.

The reason for this was unknown.

When contacted, BPL Chairman Pedroroll postponed to Chebon Cambridge, CEO of the power company.

Calls to Cambridge and the utility minister, Alfred Sears, were unsuccessful.

BEWU President Kyle Wilson

In an update around 5:40 pm, the BPL said it was aware of power outages in areas such as Joe Farrington, Carmichael West, Pinewood, Yamacrow and South Beach due to “bad weather.”

According to the Meteorology Department, frontal valleys were predicted to bring “unstable weather” to northwestern Bahamas on Sunday night.

BPL apologized to consumers and thanked them for their patience.

However, some consumers were dissatisfied with the BPL’s apology and complained that even after more than five hours, they had withstood the darkness and high temperatures and remained turned off.


Vashti Dean, a resident of New Providence, said:

“Restore Pinewood for Christ. It will take two hours.”

The prefront trough was predicted to bring “unstable weather” to northwestern Bahamas on Sunday night.

In an interview with Witness newsBahamas Electric Trade Union Kyle Wilson said consumers can Experience further outages during the summerKeep in mind that while significant investments are being made in 83 MW rental power to meet peak demand, the transmission and distribution networks require a great deal of work.

“Historically, there have always been problems,” he said.

“New CEO, he would have just taken office in the last few weeks.

“So he’s already been thrown into the thick of things for him to put together a plan.

BPLCEO’s Shevonn Cambridge

“And to prepare for the summer, we have to do so from January at the latest.

“If you’re not ready to go as soon as May comes, you’ll be in trouble, so you have to be ready.

“So I see them renting machines. I see them trying to bring in extra machines to support the load.

“But part of the problem is the power transmission and distribution network.

“We are a generation, so I don’t think we’re emphasizing that.”

National energy plan

Finally, Wilson said the energy conclave is important for developing a national plan for the sector that does not change each election cycle.

He said plans should include the incorporation of solar-focused smart networks that allow consumers to feed back into the system for compensation.


“We bring in all the stakeholders in our domestic energy and fuel supply business, create a national plan approved by all parties and approved by the government, and put it into practice,” he says. I did.

“And this is the direction of the Bahamas we are moving forward, because if we make a big change in government, I started as one government, the other, so it’s time to step into everything. It will take a year or two to come in and review what I’m doing, and then they try to carry out their plans.

“And as their plans progress, a new government will come.

“So it’s the same cycle. So there was a legacy problem in terms of power outages and summer preparations because there was no steady plan from management to management.

“The last administration tried to build a new power plant. They called it the end of the power problem.

“Well, we know what’s going on right now. There are still many outages.

“So, at the expense of Bahamian taxpayers, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on privately managed and operated power plants. Therefore, we investigated the plan and it was in the Bahamas. You need to figure out how to best serve people. Residents suffer from darkness and high temperatures during a power outage on Father’s Day – Eye Witness News

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