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Power Problems At Bec As Board Is ‘Ignored’

BEC Chairman Leslie Miller

BEC Chairman Leslie Miller

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Tribune Staff Reporter

sbrown@tribunemedia.net

RESIDENTS across New Providence can expect load shedding this week as the Bahamas Electricity Corporation grapples with power generation issues, according Executive Chairman Leslie Miller.

In an interview with The Tribune yesterday, Mr Miller said the corporation installed 40 extra megawatts of power two weeks ago but that has proven not to be enough.

He said BEC’s board of directors recommended to management that 60 megawatts of power be installed, but Mr Miller said management refused to listen to the advice because “everyone on the board is on their way out”.

He said the shortfall caused power outages island wide.

Some residents in east and west New Providence reported power outages lasting for hours over the weekend, with some complaining of power cuts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“We recommended that they get at least 60 megawatts. We insisted, but because of our imminent departure they ignored our requests,” Mr Miller said when contacted.

“The board made these decisions and nothing was happening so we leave them to their own devices. It is unfortunate but I cannot apologise any more, that is their job now. As soon as the new contract is signed, a new board will be appointed. We have done an excellent job and done more in the history of BEC than any other board, but now management isn’t listening to us. Even with the new generators we are still having problems at BEC. Three engines were down at Blue Hills and two at Clifton, so we had and will continue to have a lot of issues.”

Mr Miller said he has no idea when the contract between Power Secure and the government is expected to be finalised but he heard “the deal will be sealed in a matter of weeks.”

When asked if he expects to be appointed to another board, Mr Miller said he heard rumours that he will be moved to one of three government corporations but he is “not sure” if he will take another board position or return to his private business.

At the end of April, the government announced it had selected American company PowerSecure International as the new management company for BEC, giving it a five-year contract to oversee generation and transmission/distribution.

According to an internal memo from BEC General Manager Kevin Basden, obtained by The Tribune, a new board of directors will be selected to “assist in negotiating with PowerSecure to bring to fruition a management contract in the best interest of all parties.”

The memo, which was distributed to BEC management on May 1, said “in the meantime, BEC will continue to function under its existing executive management team.”

During his tenure as chairman, Mr Miller has been involved in a series of controversial incidents, including public spats with BEC’s union leaders, and the revelation that he and his family-owned business owed BEC more than $100,000.

Comments

Well_mudda_take_sic 3 years, 8 months ago

What Miller and his family-owned businesses owe BEC pales in comparison to the loans and advances he received from the Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) totalling many millions, which loans and advances have either been fully provided for or written off by BOB, or transferred from BOB to Bahamas Resolve. We can thank Christie for heaving on to the backs of hard working honest Bahamian taxpayers the losses associated with Miller and his family's default on their loans and advances received from BOB.

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duppyVAT 3 years, 8 months ago

Yall Nassau people do Leslie so bad ............... he too glad to give that headache to the white boys

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Abaconian 3 years, 8 months ago

The fact of the matter is that the CHAIRMAN of BEC owes a significant amount of money to the corporation. Whatever way you look at it that is simply unacceptable.

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proudloudandfnm 3 years, 8 months ago

WHY WOULD THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS BE TELLING MANAGEMENT WHAT TO DO !?!?!?!?

What kind of bassackwards organization is this?!?!?!?

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VDSheep 3 years, 8 months ago

Cut the crap! BEC, its executives, the minister and Bahamas government needs to stop whining about power problems of BEC. Start campaigning worldwide for alternative energy infrastructure investment in renewal sources! Including, teaching various disciplines in schools; including marine engineering. The Bahamas is 95% water. Why are we not exploiting this 95% potential? Repeated governments' polarization for developing the country is evident! Diversify, diversify. This traditional centralization of New Providence is a retarded concept! Get a map of the Bahamas and figure it out you morons.

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