The public and electricity sector stakeholders have been granted extra time to submit comments on Bermuda’s long-term electricity plan, known as the IRP, or Integrated Resource Plan.

The public consultation period opened on October 2, inviting comments on the eight alternative generation proposals that were submitted to the Regulatory Authority (Authority).

The original closing date for comments, of November 13 is now extended to November 30 upon the request of industry stakeholders.

The Authority’s Interim CEO Aaron Smith said: “Public consultation is important in developing robust regulation and the Authority is pleased to see a high level of interest in Bermuda’s future electricity plan. 

“The more information, public discussion and feedback there is, the better the final plan will be,” he added.

“The IRP is an important document that will set the long-term plan for Bermuda’s electricity generation. We urge interested parties to engage in the process by November 30.”

The alternative generation proposals were submitted by BE Solar, BCM McAlpine, BEESG, BGA, Brand Sorenson, Enviva, SOL and Offshore Utilities. Their full proposals, a summary sheet and all of the consultation documents can be viewed on the Authority website.

♦ A Brief Summary:

BCM McAlpine and Bouygues Energies & Services : This appears to be an expression of interest to conduct a feasibility study into different generation technologies that could be deployed at the Ship’s Wharf site. Three possible fuel options are suggest for distribution generation: 

  • Liquified oil products: Heavy fuel oil (HFO) or light fuel oil (LFO) – with reciprocating engines
  • Liquified gas: Liquified natural gas (LNG) or liquified petroleum gas (LPG) with reciprocating engines
  • Biomass – with boiler and steam turbine plant.

Bermuda Engineering Company Limited (BE Solar): This provides another version of an IRP for Bermuda. It assesses several scenarios, some of which include a significant energy efficiency component and high renewables deployment. One option features a 60 MW offshore wind farm, which is proposed to be operational by 2023.

Bermuda Environment Energy Solutions Group Consortium (BEESG): This provides details of a proposed bulk generation plant at Ship’s Wharf comprised of six dual fuel reciprocating internal combustion engines, giving a total generating capacity of about 55MW.

Bermuda General Agency Ltd (BGA): This proposal is for a wave energy park for bulk generation capacity up to 20MW.

Brad Sorensen & Arpheion Inc: This proposal is for “at least 200 MW of clean energy” from hydrogen-bases steam generation and water productions from recovered steam.  A new underground electricity network and a new water supply system are also proposed for the electricity and water production.

Enviva & Albioma: This provides details of a proposed steam fired generation plant at Ship’s Wharf based on biomass technology with a total generation capacity of 47MW. It is understood that this generation plant would be generating electricity from wood pellets, manufactured remotely and imported to Bermuda.

Offshore Utilities: This proposal provides details of a ship-based floating power plant anchored offshore. The power plant will be comprised of two LNG fueled combined cycle gas turbines with generation capacity of at least 100MW.