Dr. Donovan Moxey, Chairman of BPL

NASSAU, Bahamas — Consumers who have seen their Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) bills spike in recent months might not get any relief for months as the electricity company continues to grapple with generation issues stemming from a fire that impacted two of the Clifton Pier power station’s largest engines in September, the Nassau Guardian reported November 5.

Chairman of BPL Dr. Donovan Moxey said BPL is working on securing additional assets to compensate for the loss of those engines, but said that might not happen until next summer.

“The spike in the cost of electricity is due to a number of factors,” he said during a press conference on Friday at BPL’s Tucker Road headquarters. “First of all, we lost some critical assets at Clifton Pier, about 60 to 70 megawatts that was used to generate electricity for New Providence, given the fire that we had. Those particular generation assets were running on heavy fuel oil (HFO), which is the least expensive of the fuels that we use to generate electricity…”