Energy Efficiency and Conservation
How much does Bermuda, especially BELCO, contribute to global climate change?
With some 68,000 residents on 21 square miles isolated in the Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda is one of Earthâ€™s most densely populated communities. Bermuda is, however, one of the smaller contributors to global climate change and BELCO is among the worldâ€™s smaller fossil fuel power plants, producing a maximum 165 megawatts (MW). Compare this, for example, to Duke Energy, serving some 2.3 million customers in North and South Carolina with a generating capacity of 19,900 MW. No matter how small the Island, however, Bermudians have a responsibility, as global citizens to be energy efficient. BELCO does, too. We share the concerns about global warming and work hard to maximise plant efficiency, while also using emission control technology to ensure compliance with Clean Air legislation. We will continue to do so in the future, building new plant according to best international practices, encouraging energy efficiency and seeking proven, commercially viable large-scale, renewable energy sources to add to the generating mix.
If the whole Island becomes energy efficient, will BELCO be able to postpone and reduce its plant expansion?
BELCO encourages residential and commercial customers to be energy efficient, primarily to manage their own electricity bills. We also support the use of small-scale renewable energy technologies and â€˜greenâ€™ building, that is, the construction of homes and businesses, using methods and materials that help to reduce energy consumption. Energy efficiency does make a difference, and will figure into BELCOâ€™s planning, as we periodically review our long-term energy plan. At current rates of consumption and growth, we project that demand will rise 1.5 percent annually over the next 20 years. Because Bermuda is isolated in the Atlantic Ocean and cannot get power from any other electricity system, we must provide a secure, reliable, sustainable energy supply to handle Bermudaâ€™s base power load. Failure to do so would be irresponsible, putting at risk the Islandâ€™s development as an attractive tourist destination and thriving international business centre.