June 18, 2021

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the Government’s work on improving Bahamas Power and Light (BPL):

“As were most things the previous PLP left behind, BPL was a disaster when this FNM Government took over four years ago. There was decades-old equipment operating at minimal levels, mismanagement with little to no planning for the future, and stunning disinterest in developing solutions. Consistent blackouts and load shedding created unnecessary burdens on businesses and families during the PLP’s time overseeing BPL.

“As with the many messes the Minnis administration inherited from the PLP, our Government developed a long-term comprehensive plan to improve the reliability of power generation at BPL. Successive governments ignored BPL for too long. This administration didn’t and Bahamians are seeing better results.

“Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister took the lead, working aggressively from the outset to upgrade BPL. And while he and the rest of the FNM know that more work needs to be done, for the first time in years BPL will have the capacity to meet summer demand. It is preparing to deliver between 315 and 350 megawatts of power when typically summer demand has peaked at 250 megawatts.

“This didn’t happen by accident. On taking over, the Minnis administration quickly assessed and worked up a plan to improve capacity. This led to signing an agreement to install the new Wartsila engines that went online prior to the pandemic. This move and other changes are helping to turn things around at BPL. That is what leaders do when they serve the people instead of themselves. This Government is about getting results!”


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