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The Belize Electricity Limited to tackle illegal connections in the city

Belize Electricity Limited is also suffering an eleven percent loss each year due to illegal connections. That figure represents both losses to the company’s commercial and technical sectors. The company has been battling the long-standing issue, which has led to several house fires, for several years. According to the General Manager of Supply and Retails Services, Sean Fuller, the company has a technical team that is tasked to see how the issue can best be resolved.

Sean Fuller, General Manager, Commercial and Retail Services, BEL: “There’s quite a bit of what we refer to as commercial losses. We have a team specifically addressing those commercial losses that do inspections of customer installations but to speak directly to your thoughts on those communities that we’re not able to properly serve with the right infrastructure. There’s some that we can call in Belize City, Gunglung, there’s the Krooman Lagoon area.These areas we’re not able to go in and build or the distribution infrastructure because we require established roadways. A right of way, utility corridor to be able to run our infrastructure and so we’re working very diligently to ty and work with the, both local and national bodies to be able to regularise these situations to be looking at how best can we go in there and install our infrastructure to be able to serve these customers the right way. We know these customers still pay for electricity, you know. They may not pay BEL but they pay someone for that wire that hangs off the pole and so these customers want to pay for the electricity that they use. We want to be able to put our network in these communities to be able to serve these customers. We have, for instance, our service entrance program that provides, our Chill Connecting Homes, Improving Lives program that allows us to install, free of cost to customers, the required infrastructure, service entrance and very small installations within their homes. The lights and outlets under this program to allow these customers who may not be able to afford the interconnection cost to be connected to a network but it requires us to be able to run our lines in these communities and so we have to continue to work with the local Government and National Government to be able to see how best we can get into these areas to serve these customers the way how they want to be served, safely, reliably and be able to pay their bills as they do right now, just not to BEL.”