Did you know that you have a voice? Have your say in Bermuda’s long-term electricity plan.
The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a national plan for Bermuda’s future electricity needs. It is developed by the Regulatory Authority through a legislated process of public consultation with industry stakeholders and the public, and involves detailed economic, technical and social analysis.
The electricity plan will include information on demand forecasting, potential generation technologies, efficiency measures and energy demand management.
The first round of Public Consultation on the IRP Proposal was from May to August 2018.
A second round of consultation began in October 2018, inviting comments and feedback on the Alternative Proposals that were submitted by eight (8) stakeholders.
The IRP Alternative Proposals Summary Sheet and all related documents can be found here.
A high-level summary of the eight proposals is below.
1. BCM MCALPINE AND BOUYGUES ENERGIES & SERVICES
The Alternative Proposal from BCM McAlpine and Bouygues Energies & Services 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 suggested for distributed generation:
- Liquefied oil products: Heavy fuel oil (HFO) or light fuel oil (LFO) – with reciprocating engines;
- Liquefied gas: Liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) – with reciprocating engines; and
- Biomass – with boiler and steam turbine plant.
2. BERMUDA ENGINEERING COMPANY LIMITED (BE SOLAR)
The Alternative Proposal from Bermuda Engineering Company Limited (BE Solar) effectively 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. The preferred option features a 60 MW offshore wind farm, which is proposed to be operational by 2023.
3. BERMUDA ENVIRONMENT ENERGY SOLUTIONS GROUP CONSORTIUM
The Alternative Proposal from Bermuda Environment Energy Solutions Group Consortium (BEESG) provides details of a proposed bulk generation plant at Ship’s Wharf comprised of 6 dual fuel reciprocating internal combustion engines, giving a total generating capacity of about 55 MW.
4. BERMUDA GENERAL AGENCY LTD.
The alternative proposal from Bermuda General Agency Ltd. (BGA) is for a wave energy park for bulk generation capacity up to 20 MW.
5. BRAD SORENSEN AND ARPHEION INC.
The Alternative Proposal from Brad Sorensen and Arpheion Inc. is for “at least 200 MW of clean energy” from hydrogen-based steam generation and water production from recovered steam. A new underground electricity network and a new water supply system are also proposed for the electricity and water production.
6. ENVIVA AND ALBIOMA
The Alternative Proposal from Enviva and Albioma provides details of a proposed steam fired generation plant at Ship’s Wharf based on biomass technology with a total generation capacity of 47 MW. It is understood that this generation plant would be generating electricity from wood pellets, manufactured remotely and imported to Bermuda.
7. OFFSHORE UTILITIES
The Alternative Proposal from Offshore Utilities 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 100 MW.
The Alternative Proposal from Sol is for a bulk generation plant based on HFO/LNG dual fuel reciprocating internal combustion engines located at Sol’s Ferry Reach Terminal. Two options are considered: 18.4 MW and 55.2 MW. The lower capacity option is the maximum size that could be exported without grid reinforcement and the latter is the maximum potential of the site if changes were made to the grid to export the power.
The Authority uses this process to develop the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) which is expected to be completed in early 2019.