GPA: lower rates for Guam in coming years

John Benavente

Ratepayers will continue to see lower rates and less outages in the coming years, according to the Guam Power Authority.

The 37th Guam Legislature held an oversight hearing for the Guam Power Authority on May 8 at the Guam Congress Building in Hagatna. 

During the hearing, GPA’s General Manager John Benavente, discussed the agency’s major challenges like lowering LEAC prices and power outages.

Right now, ratepayers are seeing rates of about 31 cents per kilowatt hour. As PNC has previously reported, this is set to change by June 1st, when the price will go down to 22 cents. 

Power in Guam is set to continue decreasing in prices as the years come, now that GPA will be able to lower the amount of fuel they need for Guam’s power. 

Benavente estimates the LEAC prices will go down once again to around 14.7 cents per kilowatt hour by 2024 when the new Ukudu power plant is commissioned. 

On another hand, Benavente said that there are over 200 outages on average caused per year by the invasive brown tree snakes. 

According to GPA’s report, from 2018 to 2021 there were 716 snake caused outages. 

GPA is working on mitigating these outages by performing more vegetation and debris removal as well as the placement of snake traps throughout critical areas.