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Power self-supply consultation extended

Energy report: A solar panel array (Photograph supplied)

Energy industry watchdogs have extended the consultation period on proposed regulations for large scale self-supply of electricity.

The Regulatory Authority said it had pushed back the deadline from Monday until January 6 because of “heightened interest from the public”.

But a spokesman for the RA declined to provide more information on the views of the public as the consultation phase was still open.

The report set out proposed conditions for licence holders, who would be able to generate electricity for themselves but not provide or sell power.

The licence holder would have to pay a fee for the licence, get insurance for the equipment and stick to health and safety standards.

Operators would also be required to submit a certificate to the RA to prove they had the financial resources to maintain the generation equipment for at least a year and tell the regulator if that status changed.

The preliminary report can be read at the Regulatory Authority website.

The RA document came in the wake of a consultation paper issued in March – which got one response, from power firm Belco.

Bermuda’s first energy blueprint, the integrated resource plan, was published in 2019 and the report highlighted that a second IRP will be requested by the authority in the next financial year.

The report added that Belco had asked for details on the types of energy technologies considered for self-supply of power.

The report did not specify generation methods to be covered under self-supply, although it made one reference to renewable energy.

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Published December 08, 2021 at 7:41 am (Updated December 08, 2021 at 7:36 am)

Power self-supply consultation extended

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