When CUC replaced two old diesel generators with a single new diesel generator, some critics said the utility needs to keep adding to its renewables portfolio.
CUC says it is, but must also be mindful that firm energy sources need to be at a level that can meet years worth of population growth.
Renewable energy promoter James Whittaker says CUC is inflating its level of renewable energy, citing its full capacity, rather than the typical daily amount used.
Company President Richard Hew says creating new power generator is not a task that can be completed overnight and he noted the it’s taken four to five years just to prepare for the increased capacity of the new generator and about two years worth of setbacks along the way.
“The threat of having not being able to meet the demand of electricity consumers on the island is significantly mitigated with these two new units in place.” Said Richard Hew, President of CUC.
C-U-C also notes the new generator recaptures steam as a renewable source of additional energy.