Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries Comments on Energy Woes

Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries Comments on Energy Woes

Tonight, residents across the country remain in limbo over the current energy woes being felt by Belize Electricity Limited. Since yesterday, CFE Mexican has been curtailing its power supply to Belize, putting pressure on BEL to generate enough power to meet local demand. The issue led BEL to implement power-shedding measures, which means that at certain hours, the power supply is reduced for selected communities. However, while several areas have been impacted, the brunt of the energy shortfall has been felt by residents of Ambergris Caye, who were plunged into a 13-hour blackout this week. Minister of Home Affairs Kareem Musa weighed in on the energy crisis and the impact it’s having on the country’s tourism sector. 

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs: “I guess you could say we are victims of our own success because our tourism product is doing exceptionally well at this time and I think that our energy usage it was predicted that in 2028 we would be reaching around the levels we are now and so that certainly has resulted in greater consumption, and as a result I am sure that BEL will be making requisite action to ensure that our Belizean population has energy. We do produce our own energy. There are alternative sources of energy as you’d know in the country it’s just that perhaps they did not predict that Mexico they would be having an issue with their load as well and therefore not supply us with the additional energy that we needed.”

Reporter: But shouldn’t we be able to produce our own energy to fund the entire country ? 
Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs: “That has been a work in progress and you can rest assured that that is the objective of this government at this time.”

The company notes that the failure to acquire more in-country generation has been years in the making.

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