Belize Government Advances National Energy Policy 2023-2040
The Government of Belize is pushing ahead with the National Energy Policy 2023 to 2040 and held a stakeholder consultation in Belize City today as a part of the process. The consultation brought together entities from the public and private sectors, to discuss any changes that will need to be made before the Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy, Logistics, and E-governance, submits the policy to Cabinet. Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry Jose Urbina, said that the consultation will be the third and final such activity in the process, which made it necessary to ensure that all relevant parties had an opportunity to give their input. Urbina said that energy reliability and the cost of energy are among the major issues that the National Energy Policy seeks to address.
Jose Urbina, CEO, Ministry of Public Utilities: “It’s all encompassing to have all stakeholders in one room so that we are able to present to them for the third time what we are proposing to be the national energy policy for our country. So the national energy policy is the guide in terms of how we roll out and ensure that we have energy security in our country, energy affordability and identify those sectors of course that have the highest consumption as it relates to energy. We have been in discussion with the office of the Prime Minister, with the Ministry of Economic Development, in terms of how do we improve the electricity resiliency within our country. BEL is of the view that their load is increasing and that’s a fact. Population keeps growing, the economy keeps growing, so the demand for electricity is higher on the network. We are working with the PUC also to see how we can accelerate the RFP process. We want to attract foreign investment in terms of the creation of additional energy sources and by that I mean solar plants and what was most recently announced by the office of the Prime Minister is really working with the Saudi government for the installation of a 60 megawatt solar plant in Belize. We have also been working very closely with the World Bank to look at a storage system that would complement the solar installation or the solar grid farm.”
The National Energy Policy will be the document that guides the interventions and activities needed to achieve Belize’s National Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Climate Change treaty the Paris Agreement. Belize’s energy sector NDC is to have seventy-five percent of the national power supply coming from renewable sources by 2030.