Tag: OfReg

Former C&W employee is new OfReg board chair

Former C&W employee is new OfReg board chair

| 06/09/2021 | 36 Comments

(CNS): Rudy Ebanks has taken over the chairmanship of the Board of Directors for Utility Regulation and Competition (OfReg). The former chair of the beleaguered watchdog, Linford Pierson, resigned following the election. Although OfReg is widely considered a costly but failing watchdog that is not fit for purpose, Pierson blamed everyone but the regulator at […]

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OfReg opens public opinion survey

OfReg opens public opinion survey

| 01/07/2021 | 33 Comments

(CNS): The beleaguered utilities regulator, OfReg, is opening up itself for more direct criticism with the launch of two online customer service surveys, one for business and one for the general public. OfReg Chief Executive Officer Malike Cummings said while there is some overlap in the questions, one of the surveys is intended for operators […]

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OfReg poses increase to domestic solar generation

OfReg poses increase to domestic solar generation

| 11/06/2021 | 66 Comments

(CNS): The utilities regulator, OfReg, has said that an additional capacity of 3MW of Distributed Generation Resources (DGR) could be added to Grand Cayman’s transmission and distribution system to allow more domestic generation of renewable energy, given the level of demand, until CUC is able to complete its battery energy storage system (BESS) for its […]

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OfReg searches for more consultants

OfReg searches for more consultants

| 27/05/2021 | 59 Comments

(CNS): The Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg) will be spending more public cash on consultants in the coming months after issuing two requests for proposals, one for a study on the value of solar energy to the country and the second for a new public relations agency. According to the regulator, the solar consultants […]

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OfReg ordered to reveal names in gas station tests

OfReg ordered to reveal names in gas station tests

| 21/05/2021 | 124 Comments

(CNS) UPDATED FRIDAY 4:40pm: Efforts by OfReg to protect retail petrol stations that are found selling poor quality fuel have been thwarted by the ombudsman in a major breakthrough for consumers. A freedom of information request had been made for the names of stations selling deficient gas, which were exposed during the regulator’s periodic inspection. […]

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OfReg blames COVID for dragging heels on fuel spill

OfReg blames COVID for dragging heels on fuel spill

| 17/05/2021 | 19 Comments

(CNS): The Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg) claims it is taking “appropriate actions regarding a tank leak” at the Rubis Terminal in late 2019. Following a report on CNS last week about a review of the spill, which blamed the fuel supplier for not dealing with a corroded tank, the regulator said it had […]

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Rusted Rubis tank leaked over 3,686 gallons of diesel

Rusted Rubis tank leaked over 3,686 gallons of diesel

| 10/05/2021 | 72 Comments

(CNS): A rusty storage tank at Jackson Point suffered a “bottom plate failure resulting from severe rust and degradation due to corrosion”, which was preventable, according to an independent investigation report into a spill at the Rubis terminal in South Sound in November 2019. The report, which has been acquired by CNS, shows that the […]

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Consultants say ‘no’ to gas pump price controls

Consultants say ‘no’ to gas pump price controls

| 26/04/2021 | 59 Comments

(CNS): The public is being encouraged to submit comments on a report by consultants contracted by the Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg) on the Cayman Islands’ fuel market and how to make it more competitive and fair, given the serious challenges presented by its size. Identifying a significant lack of competition in a highly […]

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Slow progress on renewables an ‘abysmal failure’

Slow progress on renewables an ‘abysmal failure’

| 01/04/2021 | 141 Comments

(CNS): James Whittaker, the chairperson of the Cayman Renewable Energy Association, has said it is an “abysmal failure” that in twelve years of aiming to introduce alternative energy, Cayman has only managed to reach a renewable power provision of just 2.5%. He has warned that the country is “nowhere near meeting the goal” of 70% […]

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OfReg signs off first IXP licence

OfReg signs off first IXP licence

| 23/03/2021 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Just eleven days after the utilities regulator, OfReg, revealed it was creating a regulatory framework to pave the way for local internet exchanges, it has issued its first licence. According to a press release from SALT Wireless, part of the SALT Technology group, announced that the company received its IXP licence Friday, 19 March, […]

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CORE expanded as OfReg clears new rate

CORE expanded as OfReg clears new rate

| 11/03/2021 | 28 Comments

(CNS): OfReg has approved CUC’s new feed-in tariff rate for an additional five hundred kilowatts of capacity which was released under the of the Consumer Owned Renewable Energy programme (CORE), diverted from the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) programme to meet increasing demand from residential customers who want to use more of their own renewable sources […]

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