Power company managing remaining capacity in RER programme as it approaches limit
The Barbados Light & Power Company (BLPC) is reaching the limit of how much electricity it can buy from renewable energy consumers.
The company said while it has not yet reached the maximum 7 megawatts of installed capacity in the Renewable Energy Rider (RER) programme, it has to manage the remaining space and is looking to cut customers on the waiting list who are no longer interested in getting on board.
Under the RER designed by the BLPC and approved by the Fair Trading Commission (FTC), customers using solar photovoltaic or wind renewable energy systems can sell excess electricity to the grid to offset their electricity consumption.
In a statement issued this afternoon, BL&P said over 500 customers are benefitting from the programme and interest is “growing rapidly”.
“BLPC is advising customers that they are nearing the capacity that had been set for the RER programme and they are working to manage the application and installation of RE systems more efficiently.
“To that end, BLPC is contacting customers with renewable energy applications pending over three months to determine if the capacity reserved under the RER programme is still needed,” it said.
“We have informed the FTC of our efforts in this regard and will continue to consult with them,” added customer services manager Rohan Seale In addition to contacting customers who have RE applications pending for over three months, we have advanced the Intermittent Penetration Study to October, as the preliminary results will inform future decisions on the RER programme.”
Managing director designate Roger Blackman said the company wanted to ensure that all customers, and not just a select few, would benefit from the programme and it was therefore continuing to assess the plan to facilitate customers who wished to join.
The power company’s statement came two days after the FTC issued its final decision on the RER. That decision maintains the 7 megawatts cap and also gives consumers the right to choose their billing method.
BLPC described the ruling as “balanced and in the best interest of all customers.”
It reiterated its support of Government’s policy of seeing 29 per cent of the island’s energy needs generated from renewable sources by 2029.
The electricity provider said it would continue to work with the Minster of Energy, the Division of Energy, the Fair Trading Commission and other stakeholders “to achieve a sustainable energy future for Barbados”.