T&TEC is asking its customers in Tobago to conserve electricity from midnight Monday, June 4th till 7.00 a.m.
According to a press release issued today, this is to facilitate the Commission de-energises two machines at the Cove Power Station, to extend the grid for the connection of a new generator in the final phase of the ongoing expansion project.
T&TEC said as a precaution against excessive load demand on the system, they are appealing to customers to conserve electricity by minimising the use of non-essential appliances and equipment from midnight.
Although the T&T Electricity Commission (T&TEC) has spent more $60 million in the last five months to improve its service, it is hampered by $225 million in arrears, with business and government entities among the biggest debtors.
Chairman Keith Sirju said hospitals and ministries had not paid their electricity bills for several months and this was affecting T&TEC’s cash flow and its ability to carry out certain operations in a timely manner.
The Regulated Industries Commission will be consulting with members of the public in late April or early May on a proposed rate increase for the T&T Electricity Commission (T&TEC) and by the end of July or early August will hold public consultations on recommended increases for the Water and Sewerage Authority.
And although there is no guarantee that the recommended increases will be implemented those with the authority to implement the recommended increases are being urged to consider the current economic challenges before asking citizens to pay more for the utilities.
The T&T Electricity Commission has been operating at a loss for the past seven years and its chairman is saying that the board of directors is now looking at whether there is need to trim the fat at the utility which has close to 3,000 employees an annual wage bill of over a billion dollars.
The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) says it is aware that several communities along the North Coast Road are without electricity at this time but is hampered by the landslide that occurred this morning.
T&TEC customers from Maracas to Blanchissuese are without electricity.
T&TEC says it is experiencing difficulty accessing the area due to the landslide near the Maracas lookout.
However, the utility says it is utilising an alternative route through Arima to reach the affected areas to determine the cause of the outage.
The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) has issued two addition hotline numbers in light of the Tropical Storm Warning.
The following is a statement issued by T&TEC.
"The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission wishes to advise members of the public that as a result of the Tropical Storm Warning issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Office, in addition to the existing 800-TTEC (8832) and 800-BULB (2852), two new hotline numbers will be activated from 6.00 p.m. this evening.
The numbers are 794-4823 and 794-7264.