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Belize Electricity Limited urges customers to implement energy saving measures


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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2024. 10:08 AM CST.

By Zoila Palma González: Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) urges customers to implement energy conservation measures to avoid exceeding the capacity of available power supply sources.

“As part of our plan to increase system capacity and reliability, our Generation Team worked with a team of engineers and technicians from General Electric (USA) to upgrade the gas turbine capacity at BEL’s West Lake facility (Mile 8 George Price Highway) to 30 MW compared to the current maximum production of 19 MW,” according to BEL.

BEL says this will benefit customers with:

  • 11 MW increase in total generation capacity
  • 11.5% additional backup generation capacity in the country
  • Improved reliability of the power supply to the electricity grid
  • Improved flexibility to use cheaper alternative fuel sources

During these upgrades the Westlake gas turbine was unavailable and as a result the total generation capacity in the country was reduced to 85 MW, supported by 55 MW from CFE, Mexico, for a total available generation capacity of 140 MW.

“We ask our customers to help us by implementing energy saving measures where possible to avoid exceeding the capacity of available power supply sources, especially during peak hours and hot and humid weather conditions,” BEL asked.

The company further thanked customers for their understanding and cooperation as it continues to make every effort to maintain a stable and reliable electricity supply to all service areas in Belize.

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