Green Expo 2003
The Barbados Light & Power Company Ltd. will be one of the exhibitors at the Green Expo 2003 Exhibition that will be taking place at the Sherbourne Conference Centre from October 17th to 19th. Visitors to the booth will be able to obtain information on the following: 1. The Company and some of the changes that have taken place over the years 2. Tips on what customers can do to take control of their electricity consumption and how to read their electric meters so they could monitor their energy usage. 3. The process the Company uses for determining the impact of its expansion plans on the environment and some of the actions the Company takes to minimize any negative environmental impact its operations may have. 4. The Company's investigations into the use of renewable energy sources with particular emphasis on wind energy. Over the past 92 years, Light & Power and its predecessors have sought to provide its customers with the best possible electricity service at reasonable prices so that they may be successful in their businesses and comfortable in their homes. Since electricity was first sold in Barbados in 1911, energy consumption patterns have changed steadily, to the point where electricity now drives our economy and impacts on every aspect of life in Barbados. The Company which started with a single power station at Garrison Hill with two 135 kilowatt diesel generators and a few customers in Bridgetown and its suburbs within a five mile radius. Now it operates generating facilities at three locations - Garrison, Spring Garden and Seawell and supplies electricity to over 105,000 customers throughout the island. The addition of two gas turbine units at Seawell one in 2001 and the other in 2002 - brought the total installed generating capacity to 209,500 kilowatts, capable of meeting the power needs of its customers, with a peak power demand of some 135,000 kilowatts. Over the years, the choices for plant expansion have been guided by the reliability of the unit being considered and the overall least cost analysis, which incorporates the capital, operating and maintenance costs over the life of the unit. Other factors, such as the suitability of the type of unit to the site that is available, also have to be taken into consideration. The Company's generating units are all oil fired, with a small amount of natural gas used, when available. In late 2002 a contract was signed with Hyundai Heavy Industries for two new 30,000 kilowatt low speed diesel generators at Spring Garden Generating Station to replace some existing generators that will be retired and to cater for increasing load. This plant is scheduled to be in service in early 2005 and will operate on low grade residual fuel oil, the cheapest fuel oil available. Electricity consumers in Barbados have always been encouraged to conserve electricity and Light & Power's public awareness advertisements and brochures provide tips and instructions on how best the consumer can control his/her own usage and costs. As concerns for the environment have grown worldwide, The Barbados Light & Power Co Ltd. has been quick to incorporate environmental awareness as a major consideration in its expansion plans. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies are undertaken and the recommendations are taken into account in the design of new or upgraded facilities. In the 1980's and early 1990's Light & Power purchased electricity produced from bagasse during the sugar crop season by Foursquare, Andrew's and Portvale factories and from the Government's experimental wind turbine at Lamberts, St. Lucy. Recently sixty photo-voltaic (PV) panels, which generate 2 kilowatt of power have been installed and tied into the grid from the Company's Seawell generating plant to test the potential of this technology. Another 2 kilowatt set of PV panels has been installed at The Future Centre at Edgehill, St. Thomas, and should be operational in the very near future. However, the Company is constantly evaluating its energy production options. Discussions have been held with the sugar industry about the possibility of a 50,000-60,000 kilowatt cogeneration plant in conjunction with a new single sugar factory and with the Ministry of Health for a proposed generating plant of 1,000-2,000 kilowatt capacity at Mangrove Pond in St. Thomas to convert the landfill gas into electricity. To date projects have not materialized from these discussions. Light & Power is currently undertaking a feasibility study on the construction of a 10,000 kilowatt wind farm at Lamberts, St. Lucy. If constructed this will have an approximate generating capability of 32 million kWh per year, and will be capable of producing enough power to meet the average annual needs of 10,600 homes. The Light & Power booth at the Green Expo 2003 will appeal to persons of all walks of life, from the technically minded (and interested) to the business person and homeowner whose primary concern is to obtain the best value for their hard-earned dollar. The booth will also be of interest to students now learning about electricity and energy production and to those who will one day be homeowners themselves. The Company is pleased to be participating in Green Expo 2003 and to have the opportunity to reassure the Barbadian public of its commitment to providing the best service at a reasonable price whilst minimising any negative environmental impact. The Company is also dedicated to working with its trade allies, suppliers of electrical/electronic equipment and customers to ensure that customers obtain optimal benefits from their electricity service. We look forward to seeing you at our exhibition booth.