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FortisTCI in partnership with Edison Electric Institute, hosted a roundtable centered around the energy transition on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at its headquarters in Providenciales

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#TurksandCaicos, November 22, 2023 – The hybrid event marked the continuation of dialogue, which started at the Company’s energy forum earlier this year, on changes in the industry and steps to navigate this monumental shift.

The roundtable was attended by stakeholders from various agencies and sectors in the business community, government officials, and the utility Company’s Board of Directors, Executives, and Management. Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Honourable Charles Washington Misick, Honourable Otis Morris, Minister of Home Affairs, Public Utilities and Transportation, Honourable Josephine Conolly, Minister of Tourism and Environment, and Honourable Jamell Robinson, Minister of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development, were in attendance.

Senior Vice President of International Programs at Edison Electric Institute, Dr. Lawrence Jones, delivered a presentation and moderated the program, which featured a cadre of industry thought leaders and experts. Senior Vice President of Operations at FortisTCI, Devon Cox, presented an overview of the Company, and the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which is used as a decision support tool for energy policy and utility investment plans. Special remarks were delivered by Gary Smith, Chairman of FortisTCI Board of Directors, FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes, and Honourable Morris.

Presentations were delivered by Terry Travis, Managing Partner at EVNoire, Philip Moeller, Executive Vice President of Business Operations Group and Regulatory Affairs, Edison Electric Institute, Bob Rowe, Senior Advisor at Guggenheim Partners and Venture Partner at The Westly Group, David Lucido, Managing Director at Sentient Hubs, Julia Matevosyan, Chief Engineer at Energy Systems Integration Group, and Phil Dion, Senior Vice President of Customer Solutions, Edison Electric Institute.

The topics included Transitioning to Net Zero: What Does it Mean for Countries?, Evolving the Regulatory Compact: A Partnership Between Government and Utilities, Towards Modernized Resilient Energy Grids & Ecosystems, Integrating Renewables to the Grid, Accelerating Multi Modal Electrification in the Caribbean, along with Balancing the Three A’s: Affordability, Access, and Acceptance.

FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes, stated: “The energy transition will have a lasting and profound impact on our lives, our businesses and our communities. We therefore have a responsibility to be part of the conversation, and the solutions, for making the transition in a measured, sustainable and equitable way. FortisTCI has long been an advocate for regulatory reform of the energy sector, and a suitable regulatory framework and policies that address the pace of integration, grid resilience and safety, cost and cost recovery, and equitable stakeholder participation, to name a few critical considerations.”

Honorable Otis Morris described the energy transition as one of the most critical challenges of our current time and acknowledged the significance of the roundtable event. He stated: “The climate crisis demands that we act swiftly, decisively and collectively. We need to explore innovative solutions, adopt cutting-edge solutions, and rethink our energy systems, all while maintaining economic stability. Modernizing the regulatory environment is key to enabling this transition. My government and department are dedicated to this issue as it rests heavily upon us to ensure a suitable regulatory environment.”

FortisTCI is a member of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), which is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. EEI members provide electricity for nearly 250 million Americans, and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to U.S. members, EEI has more than 70 international electric companies as International Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members. Organized in 1933, EEI provides public policy leadership, strategic business intelligence, and essential conferences and forums.

 

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Header: L-R: FortisTCI Board Chairman, Gary Smith, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, FortisTCI President and CEO, Ruth Forbes, Vice President of Communications and Government Relations at Fortis Inc., Karen McCarthy, Hon. Otis Morris, Minister of Home Affairs, Public Utilities and Transportation, and Senior Vice President of International Programs at Edison Electric Institute, Dr Lawrence Jones.

1st insert: L-R: Hon. Jamell Robinson, Minister of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development, Hon. Otis Morris, Minister of Home Affairs, Public Utilities and Transportation, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, alongside FortisTCI Board Chairman, Gary Smith, and Directors of the Board, Richard Hew and Jason Roberts with VP of Communications and Government Relations at Fortis Inc., Karen McCarthy.

 2nd insert: FortisTCI Board Chairman, Gary Smith, delivered special remarks at the opening of the roundtable.

 3rd insert: FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes delivered special remarks at the opening of the roundtable.

 4th insert: A cross-section of stakeholders from various agencies and sectors in the business community, were among the attendees.

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“Mad Max” Convicted of Murder

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#TurksandCaicos, April 23, 2024 – Blue Hills resident KENDALL RONDRE DEAN has been convicted of murdering JOSHUA SWANN.

Mr. Dean, also called “Maddie”, “Mad Max”, and “Dre”, was found guilty by a nine-member jury yesterday (April 22nd) in the Grand Turk Supreme Court.

Following the verdict, Mr. Dean was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison, pending sentencing on 10th June 2024.

Based on the evidence presented, Mr. SWANN of Five Cays was shot multiple times about the body on Sunday, August 8th, 2021, while at North West Point, Providenciales.

Mr. Swann was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives of the Serious Crimes Unit received a report, and following intensive investigations and interviews, Mr. Dean was arrested and subsequently charged.

Shortly after the verdict, Deputy Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams said, “This conviction demonstrates the RTCIPF’s commitment to bringing to justice those who cause the most harm throughout our communities using illegal firearms.

“This is an example of the effective coordination of the various units across the Force in supporting the lead detective in bringing about this conviction. The RTCIPF is grateful for the information provided by witnesses who came forward.

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Airports Authority aims for 24-hour airport and announces Scholarship programme

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#TurksandCaicos, April 19, 2024 – In an attempt to move to 24-hour-a-day operations Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) is steadily recruiting Air Traffic Controllers to work at the Providenciales/Howard Hamilton International Airport, according to Godfrey Smith, TCIAA CEO, reporting to the Appropriations Committee.

Speaking on April 8th Smith said a cabinet paper would be sent soon requesting six more Air Traffic Controllers to make round the clock operation at the Provo International possible and to open the airport in Grand Turk till 12 a.m.

Currently, 17 posts are filled and seven are vacant.

Smith was candid with his responses to recent industrial action from ATCs which led to resignations and firings.

“What we have to do is find systems to mitigate such actions and that has to start with filling these jobs, putting people in that want to work and doing right by people – and we always try to do right by our staff. Persons may not think that we are but we always do – we ain’t pick no fight,” he said in the meetings held at the NJS Francis building ahead of the National Budget Communication.

Smith indicated that recruitment was an issue across the board, ‘we need to find ways to recruit a little bit better’ he told the committee. Also in need of a push was capital spending or projects according to the CEO, who said the agency had ‘not been very good’ at meeting that mark but insisted they had recognized the issue and could do better.

A very important key performance indicator drawn up by the TCIAA is increasing passenger satisfaction at the Howard Hamilton International Airport. For the TCIAA part of this means a 30 percent increase in seating by Q2 of this year.

When queried on if they could even handle this increase the CEO said,

“The fact of the matter is we already have the capacity there. What we need is to make the service a bit better.”

Staff shortages have become such a frustrating issue that the TCIAA is instituting a scholarship program created by Authority Chairman, Selvyn Hawkins

“What the board wants to do is basically allocate $25,000 annually for a scholarship and they’ve approved it already.”

This process would cover tuition and all other costs for one student.

The student would return as a summer intern and other breaks to work at the TCIAA and upon graduation, assume a role at the company.

“We identify a particular skill we need, we go after it and we build capacity that is in a nutshell the nexus of the program,” Smith said.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) is allocated $49 million this financial year; over $20 million goes to salaries.

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Flow TCI offers Gigabyte Speeds to Customers

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Company delivers fastest speeds nationwide and boosts service reliability

 

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS, APRIL 19th, 2024 – More connections, faster speeds and greater support for customers. This is the promise from communications and entertainment provider, Flow TCI, as it embarks on an initiative to provide households with enhanced connections, greater overall reliability and now, for the first time, speeds up to one gigabit person second.

FLOW TCI Country Manager, Joanne Missick shared: “Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. We listen to our customers and want to exceed their demands, so we are focused on delivering unmatched value with customer centric products and services that are future proof. Flow subscribers on our Fibre Extreme package can now access up to one gigabyte speeds and subscribers on our Fibre Plus and Fibre Max package, as of April 1st, are also now benefitting from up to 5x more speeds.”

This is third speed boost for Flow customers in the last two years. This comes under the umbrella of the the Company’s recently launched “Working for You” campaign, where technicians are going into the neighborhoods across the island to conduct repairs, decommission copper cables, and increase the brand’s visibility in local communities.

“To date several neighborhoods have been served by technicians and the company will continue to go across the islands to ensure each neighborhood receives personal attention. We recognize that over the past few months some customers have experienced issues with the quality and delivery of our services. This is not what we stand for. Flow remains committed to providing technology and innovation that enables growth and positively impacts lives”, says, newly appointed Head of Technical Operations, Simeon Thomas.

Thomas adds, “We have been closely monitoring and reviewing every aspect of our network and there is room for improvement across each of the islands. Where we find shortcomings, we are taking concrete actions and assigning our technicians to rapidly make all necessary adjustments and improvements for our customers”.

Flow has made significant investments in expanding and modernizing its infrastructure and delivering a more robust and reliable network paving the way for the country’s digital transformation.

For more information on speed increases visit https://www2.discoverflow.co/turks-and-caicos/price-adjustment-speed-increase on our website.

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