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TCI: Public Consultation-Electricity Amendment Bill 2019

#Providenciales, July 31, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government recognizes the importance and necessity of modernizing the existing legal and regulatory framework governing the energy sector to ensure the creation of a regulatory environment that fosters and support innovation and development of the sector. 

The Government is also cognizant of the need for increased use of renewable energy to minimize dependence on fossil fuels and to ensure an appropriate mix of resources that results in the sustainability of the energy sector and the continued growth and socio-economic development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. 

Building on years of work related to the reform of the energy sector, The Ministry of Home Affairs, Public Utilities and Transportation invites feedback and comments from all stakeholders and the general public on the Draft Electricity Amendment Bill 2019.

Targeted sector reforms are captured in the Electricity Amendment Bill 2019 which seek to amend the Electricity Ordinance to:

  1. Provide for the development and increased use of renewable energy;
  2. Allows for the interconnection of renewable energy generating systems to the electricity grid;
  3. Implement legislation for integrated resource planning and for regulatory approval process governing the electricity service provider capital expansion plans;
  4. Change the power cost adjustment to an Energy Charge.

The Draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2019, can be accessed by visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands Government website at https://gov.tc/.  Or by clicking on the link http://online.fliphtml5.com/pejq/sccs/

Comments on the Draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2019  can be submitted by email to: Energyreformconsultations@gov.tc

Alternatively, comments may be submitted in hardcopy to the Energy and Utilities Department, located at South Base Brand Turk.  Submissions on the island of Providenciales can be delivered to the George Brown Post Office located in Down Town Providenciales. 

Submissions must be clearly marked Feedback on the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2019.

The deadline for the receipt of comments is August 15, 2019.

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