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Video produced on electricity plan options

The Regulatory Authority of Bermuda published an informational video today to explain Bermuda’s Integrated Resource Plan.

Public consultation for the eight alternative proposals for the IRP, which will be the framework for the long-term vision for electricity generation on the island, ends on Friday.

The Authority’s senior legal advisor, Monique Lister, said: “The IRP is being developed by the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda with input from a variety of sources including public consultation, government policy and ministerial direction.”

Public consultation began in May and has included town hall meetings in which invited the public to submit proposals for alternative generation.

Eight proposals were received and published in October, with several of them suggesting the use of renewable energy sources. The proposals identify technologies to be considered for inclusion in the IRP.

Regulatory Authority chairwoman Angela Berry said: “We are pleased to see the community participate in the process on this important subject that touches every consumer.

“We wish to remind the public that the IRP will be determined on public interest together with the technical, economic, environmental and social merits of each technology, aligned with government ministerial direction.

“The Authority began its public outreach in May of this year with town hall meetings, radio interviews and an informational flyer delivered to every household in July and it is our hope that this video will help more people to understand some of the potential technologies.”

The IRP will be published in 2019. It is a long-term framework for Bermuda’s electricity needs and will be reviewed up to every five years to ensure it remains relevant. The inclusion of alternative bulk generation technology is for future planning.

At such time that alternative generation is required, a tender process may be initiated for the suggested technology and interested parties may be invited to submit through a Competitive Bidding Procedure, as set by the Authority.

The eight proposals for alternative bulk generation that were submitted include technologies of wave energy, a floating ship-based regasification power and water plant, wind and solar energy, multi-fuel power using LNG and oil, biomass technology using wood pellet fuel and hydrogen-based steam generation with water recovery.

Full proposals, a summary sheet and all of the consultation documents can be viewed on the Authority website at www.rab.bm/electricity-publicconsultations/. Public responses can be submitted from the same webpage