BEL uses local renewable energy sources to restore electricity after a nationwide blackout caused by a Mexican supplier failure



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Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2022. 7:26 p.m. CST.

By Ruben Morales Iglesias: Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) today said the company was “using local and renewable energy sources to stabilize the national grid after a nationwide outage”.

“An unexpected interruption in the supply of the Independent Power Producer (IPP), the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) of Mexico in Xulha, resulted in a blackout that affected all regions of the country at 6:46 p.m. on Monday 7 February 2022,” BEL said in a statement Tuesday.

Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) began restoring power within 20 minutes in Stann Creek and Toledo districts using BAPCOL. Power was then restored to Cayo District and the rest of the country at 8:03 p.m. using BECOL hydropower.

“The phased restoration was necessary to ensure the safe and steady return of power to customers through coordination with our local IPPs,” BEL’s statement said.

BEL apologized for the inconvenience and thanked its customers for their patience and understanding as BEL teams “worked to stabilize the national grid as we continue to provide service to meet the needs of communities across the Belize”.

The power outage reported by the Mexican supplier also affected Quintana Roo, with the nearby town of Chetumal also reporting a power outage on Monday.

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