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No more emergency generators, time for better electricity in VI – Hon Fraser

July 13th, 2023 | Tags: julian fraser RA BVIEC HOA generators
Senior Legislator in the Virgin Islands House of Assembly, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has called for a more reliable supply of electricity in the VI, more so that the need for emergency generators become unnecessary. Photo: HOA/Youtube
Hon Fraser’s calls came during debates in the House of Assembly in his support for Sheldon Scatliffe as Board Chairman BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) in the Second Sitting of the First Session of the Fifth House of Assembly on Friday, July 7, 2023. Photo: Internet Source
Hon Fraser’s calls came during debates in the House of Assembly in his support for Sheldon Scatliffe as Board Chairman BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) in the Second Sitting of the First Session of the Fifth House of Assembly on Friday, July 7, 2023. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Senior Legislator in the Virgin Islands House of Assembly, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has called for a more reliable supply of electricity in the VI, more so, that the need for emergency generators become necessary only for essential services.

Hon Fraser’s calls came during debates in the House of Assembly in his support for Sheldon Scatliffe as Board Chairman BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) in the Second Sitting of the First Session of the Fifth House of Assembly on Friday, July 7, 2023.

In the  Cabinet meeting of June 7, 2023, chaired by His Excellency, Governor John J. Rankin, at the Premier's Conference Room where all members were present, Scatliffe received Cabinet approval to be appointed as Chairman of the BVI Electricity Corporation's (BVIEC) Board, according to Cabinet statements released on Friday, June 23, 2023.

According to statements of meeting, it said, “Mr. Sheldon Scatliffe be appointed as Chairman of the BVI Electricity Corporation's Board, in accordance with section 4 (1)(a) of the British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation Ordinance (Cap. 277), with effect from the date that approval for such appointment has been obtained by a Resolution passed by the House of Assembly and subject to section 5 of the British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation Ordinance (Cap. 277).”

Frequent power outages 

Hon Fraser said on moving to Tortola in the early 90s, he could not stand the frequent power outages and was encouraged to get a backup generator by a then-manager of the BVIEC.

“Every time I go to the office… Every week the power would go off, in the middle in whatever you are doing… my job it was required to have computer, and one day I got to the point where I said this was disgusting I can’t take it anymore,” he said.

Hon Fraser said he did not even know what was an emergency generator given he had not experienced electricity surges outside of Tortola, ”And when I look around the territory, every establishment has an emergency generator so it became a norm around here,” he added.  

Hon Fraser added, “I want to see that become an exception, Madam Speaker. Where only very, very essential services like the hospital will have an emergency generator. I know there are those who think it's impossible, but I think it's possible.”

Opposition leader, Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) however warned that generators may still have purpose when other forms of electricity fail reminding that the VI is an island that is isolated and there is a need for more forms of renewable energy. 

14 Responses to “No more emergency generators, time for better electricity in VI – Hon Fraser”

  • enough (13/07/2023, 10:37) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look Mr. penn. Sorry Mr. Fraser

    Do you have one of those “Men in Black pens” flash bright light and you forget everything “

    I’m asking for a friend.

    Because in your old age maybe you are becoming forgetful but i for sure can still remember.

    How many years you were the Minister responsible for works in the BVI we were using generators then and we still using them today. So your point is?
    • @ enough (13/07/2023, 11:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Amnesia maybe setting in> remember the member for the third was in opposition for so long he forgot about the role he played
      • WOW (13/07/2023, 12:20) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
        Fraser the man who gave us a dead weight multimillion-dollar bi water contract with a GENERATOR that we never benefited from and still paying years later is now talking like he is concerned and giving us dictatorial solutions.
    • herbs power (13/07/2023, 17:21) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Your hair cut sir looks like sea cows bay bad roads.
  • Democracy (13/07/2023, 10:59) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon Julian Fraser forgetting people of this land lives in a democratic society and we have a right to emergency generators. The Hon Fraser was a government official for several years having ample time to make sure our territory have a stable power supply……He should not be pointing finger now(he was a former minister of communications which was responsible for power and water in our country) what a failure because we continue to suffer poor steady electricity and not even touching the water because Hon Fraser closed down the locally owned water company for Bi Water
  • Really (13/07/2023, 11:12) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    This ELITES script is on schedule. Did you see how in plenty different places they cut People current off because they said something bad against the government Wow. Keep following these sodomites to hell because you will see who run this Earth when we can't go outside because you didn't abide by the ELITES rules. Boy oh Boy I would love to see almost everyone's face when the New World Order is in full effect with the digital credit beast system. I know that the ELITES main genda is we will own nothing and be happy. Wake up because it's because of you all that the devil can control everyone's Life. Say no to All changes and upgrade because it's really upgrading you to damnation
  • Decide (13/07/2023, 11:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    If U want to be ( BORIS ) or ( HITLER ) neither is welcomed here by blondie / but I must admit U added a a little touch of humor to the day ~ hee he he he ???? ????
  • My Take (13/07/2023, 12:17) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I love democracy but Fraser's time is up. I wish I had a job like some of these Opposition members where all I had to do all day and all week, and all year is to complain and find fault and never touch any issues pertaining to the Governor out of fear of the colonial masters.
  • some (13/07/2023, 14:01) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    BVI politicians just seem to generate emergencies.
  • Manjack (13/07/2023, 14:20) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Hon Ronnie Skelton was Director of BVIEC and was member of NDP government led by Dr. D. Orlando Smith for two terms, 8 years. What did the honorable Skelton do to lay the foundation for a stable, reliable, safe, and quality supply of electricity. Did his plan include generating capacity for surge demand driven by an increasing population and growing economy, was a recapitalizing plan developed and instituted, was a robust maintenance and repair programme developed and instituted, etc. The Hon Julian Fraser, D-3, Leader of Progressive United, a multi-decade member of HoA, and was Minister of Communications and Works, which includes responsibility for Electricity, under the VIP government led by Ralph T. Oneal. What did he do when he had the authority, responsibility, and accountability to lay the foundation for a stable, reliable, safe and quality power supply. The same questions posed to Hon Skelton also applies to Hon Fraser.

    In opposition, it is quite easy to ask numerous questions about things that said questioners had the responsibility to do something about but perhaps did little or nothing about. Furthermore, in opposition, members are great problem identifiers with little or no solutions, but in government with the responsibility to execute policies often deliver little. One must not only be a problem-identifier but also a problem- solver. Politicians are policy makers who creates policies which are social contracts between government and the people. Politicians are elected to deliver positive outcomes , not just look about self-interest, look good, criticize, make excuses, come to the HoA tardy, etc. Being consistently tardy for HoA meetings is unprofessional, disrespectful to the voters, the people. Madame Speaker, it is way past time for action. Ok. This commentary is about electricity, so let’s get back to it, digressing is a personal weakness. I think I need some rest time under a manjack tree. Any left in the BVI?

    Moreover, BVIEC, a statutory body, the lone power company in the territory, is responsible for generating and distributing electrical power across the territory. It is responsible for delivering stable, reliable, safe, quality power supply at a reasonable cost per KWH. It produces power with diesel generators( expensive fossil fuel). It should invest in new, not used, quality generating plants with a definite lifecycle. To get the design lifecycle, will require a robust maintenance and repair programme. Thus programme will require well-trained maintenance and repair teams. Further, the foot print should include a fleet of generating plants with reserve units. The units should operate on established run times per unit schedule. Run times attained, the units should be replaced by a reserve unit(s) and so on. Clearly, units will be required to be taken offline for planned maintenance and repair and unplanned repairs. The VI/BVI is a remote locale from major markets with no Just in time delivery (JiT). Consequently, it should have high/low limits on shelf -ready inventory for critical parts. Moreover, at a certain percentage of the design lifecycle of generating plants, plans for either a complete overhaul or a replacement should take place based on whatever makes the best economic sense. As such, the BVIEC rate structure should include recapitalization cost.

    Agree with the Hon Fraser that back-up generators should be the exception, the option, not the rule. Mr. Neil Smith, the current BVIEC Director, has the opportunity and challenge of making back-up generators the exception, the option, not the rule. It takes money to make things happen. The school chiren say that government is a bad pay, owning the BVIEC approx $10M. If true, though government may be the major shareholder in the BVIEC, it paying its bill would help the BVIEC improve its performance. By not paying its bill, government is depending on electricity customers to help fund government day-to-day operations. Government needs to know to the penny what it takes to run government. Government should not depend on statutory bodies, contractors, suppliers, etc to help run government; it should operate on its revenue intake.
    • Socrates (13/07/2023, 19:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Does the government truly owe the BVIEC $10,000,000.00? If so, is the Government just a dead beat, broke or something else? Does anyone else agree or believe that manjack know a thing or two about power generation, distribution, and operations? Should not the BVIEC should already be operating in this manner? Should not the fuel surcharge be reduced when the price per barrel of oil drops as it is increases when it rises? Does the rate structure includes recapitalization? Should the BVIEC let residents put excess KWh on the grid ? Is it dangerous to try to put excess KWH on grid without following proper procedures? Can improper inputting excess KWH onto the grid poses a risk to system, and a danger to technicians? How will consumers get credit for inputting excess KWH on the grid? How is the excess KWH stored? Is the distribution system design so that sections can be bypass while minimizing shutdowns /outages? What are the plans, if any, of dropping marine cables to get power to the sister islands,ie, JVD, Southern Cays, Camanoes, etc? Does government considering a needs based electricity, along with food , subsidy? Would this be socialism ? Yes and so? What other socialist practices are used in the BVI? Should electricity generation and distribution be outsourced? Should BVIEC asset be privatized if electricity generation and distribution is outsourced, ie, managed competition? Should BVIEC board be manned primarily with people who have had experience in power generation and distribution,ie, education, field experience , etc? How many people would volunteer to serve on boards if there were no monetary compensation ?
      • Aristotle (14/07/2023, 14:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Socrates, you were a welcome annoyance on the streets of Athens, securing the Socratic questioning style. You were a frig. Oops, that is the Frig ….. line. Way the Frig…..he gone in hibernation? Manjack, wah dis ting about capitalization/recapitalization, run times, high/low limits, Just in time delivery( JIT), etc. Sound like some sophisticated operations that we should be adopting. Socrates, what about this electricity and food means-tested subsidies? Now, you know the capitalists are going call you on the carpet on these non-revolutionary socialist programmes? They are bunch of Hypocrites. Anything which will help the poor and correct past disparities,,they will rail against against. Socrates, you nuts, for you know that people are not going to volunteer for free to serve on any boards. Yeah, manjack know something about electrical power generation, distribution, prime movers, generators, etc. In the BVI, prices rocket upward and don’t fall back; they stay in orbit forever. So you want fuel surcharges to drop when oil prices fall. Now that is Walter Mitty style dreaming; don’t hold your breadth. Well, there is a new Sherriff at the helm at BVIEC so he ( Neil Smith) may surprise us. You know what I’m already tired addressing your damn questions. You drop all these valid questions and race to another locale to drop more questions. It is never finish with you old boy. This old boy tired. The young people like to tell old people to sit their old asses down ,so I gone.
  • Dear Mr. Fraser (13/07/2023, 15:10) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE, IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO STEP ASIDE. I am sick and tired of the constant babbling and no action.
  • Hmm (15/07/2023, 19:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Part of me hates to do it but "No more emergency generators, time for better electricity in VI "

    Is that what that hairstyle was about?

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