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OfReg blames CUC’s failings for blackout warnings

OfReg blames CUC’s failings for blackout warnings

| 03/06/2024 | 81 Comments

(CNS): The Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg) has rejected the idea that it is to blame for the possibility of rolling power outages on Grand Cayman this summer if, as expected, demand on the grid reaches the peak of CUC’s ability to generate electricity. For some time, CUC has been warning that the island […]

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CUC warns rising heat could cause power cuts

CUC warns rising heat could cause power cuts

| 28/05/2024 | 136 Comments

(CNS): Grand Cayman’s sole power supplier, CUC, has issued a statement warning that its shrinking reserve margin means customers could soon see rolling power outages as the mercury climbs this summer. Growing demand driven by already record high temperatures, economic growth and delays in OfReg’s bid for new generating capacity for the grid means that […]

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CUC kicks off 2024 with 18% earnings increase

CUC kicks off 2024 with 18% earnings increase

| 09/05/2024 | 44 Comments

(CNS): Grand Cayman’s power provider got off to a very profitable year with a $1 million rise in net earnings to over $6.2 million for the first quarter of 2024, an 18% increase compared to the first three months of 2023. A 6% increase in sales, a 2% growth in customers and an increase in […]

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CUC and CREA welcome revised energy policy

CUC and CREA welcome revised energy policy

| 29/04/2024 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Renewable Energy Association (CREA) and CUC have welcomed the recent publication and Cabinet’s acceptance of the new National Energy Policy and its target of getting Cayman to a 100% renewable energy supply by 2045. After years of disputes, both parties have offered their support to the policy, which requires each of them […]

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CUC will battle in court to keep solar secrets

CUC will battle in court to keep solar secrets

| 16/04/2024 | 70 Comments

(CNS): Officials at the Caribbean Utilities Company have told CNS that their decision to challenge the release of two reports that CUC prepared for OfReg relating to the bidding process for future power generation is to protect “commercially sensitive information” that could help competitors in any future bids. The company also said it was in […]

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Utility solar needed to avert power crisis, says CUC boss

Utility solar needed to avert power crisis, says CUC boss

| 12/04/2024 | 83 Comments

(CNS): Richard Hew, the president and CEO of CUC, Grand Cayman’s electricity provider, has warned that the island is facing a power generation crisis because the company has surpassed its ability to meet peak demand with its existing fixed diesel generators and is currently resorting to temporary, leased machines to meet it. With the rapid […]

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Flow’s service troubles continue with BT outage

Flow’s service troubles continue with BT outage

| 05/03/2024 | 29 Comments

(CNS): Local telecommunications provider Flow struggled with its internet service Tuesday and was forced to apologise to its customers for a broadband outage across the Bodden Town district, just days after the company apologised for problems with its phone and voice services last Thursday. The utilities regulator, OfReg, said that it had met with Flow […]

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OfReg says it’s monitoring Flow’s latest service issues

OfReg says it’s monitoring Flow’s latest service issues

| 01/03/2024 | 20 Comments

(CNS): After local telecommunications provider Flow sent messages to customers that there were problems with its voice service, OfReg issued a public service message Thursday stating that it had requested information from Flow about the issues and what it is doing to resolve them. The utilities regulator said it had been provided with some information […]

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Select committee created to examine fuel sector

Select committee created to examine fuel sector

| 29/02/2024 | 43 Comments

(CNS): Planning Minister Jay Ebanks will be chairing a new committee that was established in parliament this week to look at the cost of fuel in the Cayman Islands as a result of years of erratic and, more often than not, increasing fuel costs at the sockets at home and at the pumps. Successive governments […]

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CUC denies conflict, blames licensing obligation

CUC denies conflict, blames licensing obligation

| 16/02/2024 | 31 Comments

(CNS): Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) has claimed it is not conflicted over the bidding process for the generation of renewable power, even though it worked with OfReg to shape the bid. Officials have said that under CUC’s Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Licence, it is obligated to assist the regulator with the facilitation of competitive bids […]

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Saltwater fizzes up CUC lines, causing outages

Saltwater fizzes up CUC lines, causing outages

| 15/02/2024 | 21 Comments

(CNS): Last week’s Nor’wester caused severe salt contamination to power lines around Grand Cayman, particularly in western and coastal areas, CUC has said. This salt contamination can cause electricity to track across the devices, resulting in buzzing and crackling sounds along with visible arc flashes. A spokesperson from CUC explained to CNS that this is […]

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