Abaco MP slams BPL’s “unreliable, inconsistent” power supply

Abaco MP slams BPL’s “unreliable, inconsistent” power supply
Central and South Abaco MP John Pinder II.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Central and South Abaco MP John Pinder II yesterday slammed Bahamas Power and Light’s (BPL) “unreliable and inconsistent” power supply, estimating that the island’s power supply has been operational less than 30 percent in the past week.

During his budget debate contribution, Pinder suggested that BPL needs to decentralize its management and give more authority to the general managers on the islands. 

“Not only authority but also more capital and financial resources,” said Pinder.

“This past week, our power supply has been operational less than 30 percent of the time. Our islands are packed with tourists and the demand is high. However, the power supply is not only unreliable and inconsistent, but when it does come on, it immediately cuts back off. As a result, food is spoiling, appliances are being damaged, and revenue is being lost.”

Pinder stressed that the island which as badly ravaged by Hurricane Dorian in 2019 is relying heavily on tourism which is being significantly impacted by the power supply issue.

“I call for the decentralization of BPL, but first, immediate remediation and assistance in those islands,” he continued.

“Provide the general managers with the necessary tools to make it happen. However, don’t get me wrong, I applaud every BPL employee working in Abaco. They work day and night to resolve these issues. Without them, we would still not have power today.

“Furthermore, I believe it’s time we explore partnerships with other entities to make BPL stronger nationwide,” said Pinder.