Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Belize Electricity Limited

BEL Encourages Energy Conservation during Critical Generation Upgrade and Hot and Humid Weather Conditions

s part of our long-term plan to bolster system capacity and reliability and build a modern energy services infrastructure, our Generation Team, in conjunction with a team of engineers and technicians from General Electric (USA), has commenced works to upgrade the capacity of the Gas Turbine at BEL’s West Lake facility (Mile 8 George Price Highway) to 30 MW from its current maximum output of 19 MW.

Plans discussed to upgrade the power supply for Ambergris Caye

The Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Investment, and the World Bank organized a public information session at the Sunbreeze Hotel conference room to discuss a project to enhance the resilience of the electricity system in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Held on Thursday, April 4th, the consultation outlined the details of the Belize Renewable Integration and Resilient Energy System project funded by the World Bank. It will involve a battery energy storage system, grid-resilient infrastructure, and capacity building.

BEL Submits 2024-2028 Full Tariff Review Proceeding Application to the Public Utilities Commission

On March 22, 2024, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) submitted an application to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) under the Full Tariff Review Proceeding (FTRP) for the period of September 1, 2024, to June 30, 2028.

Demand for power on Ambergris Caye surpasses capacity

As Ambergris Caye continues to develop, the demand for resources such as electricity is significantly increasing. On Saturday, March 23rd, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) stated that the demand for electricity on the island surpassed the rated capacity of the submarine cable (17 Megawatts) that supplies power from the national grid. This forced BEL to shut down service to parts of northern Ambergris Caye to protect the submarine cable and circuit from damage.

Belize Electricity Limited Monitors Unprecedented Power Demand in San Pedro

Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) is monitoring unprecedented power demand in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye over this weekend and encourages our customers and the public on the island to assist us with implementing energy conservation measures where possible.

San Pedro Fire Station conducts simulation exercise

To better respond to fire emergencies in San Pedro Town, the local fire service conducted a simulation exercise on Thursday, February 8th, along one of the busiest streets in the downtown area. The exercise evaluated the fire station’s ability to execute an efficient deployment strategy to contain a fire disaster and save property and lives.

BEL Restores Power to Grid Following Power Interruption Affecting Most of the Country

Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) informs our customers of an unexpected interruption of power supply which affected most areas of the country, except for the Corozal District at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. The outage was due to a protective shield wire coming in contact with the transmission line in Orange Walk. The shield wire serves the function of protecting the transmission line from lightning strikes.

BEL Manages Power Supply During CFE’s Planned Maintenance

Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) informs our Customers and the public that Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in Mexico has given notice to BEL that it will be doing planned maintenance on the interconnection between BEL’s transmission grid and CFE’s substation at Xulha. As a result of this, BEL is not be able to source energy from CFE for a period of five days between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day from Monday, February 5 to Friday, February 9, 2024.