GPA to Revise IRP and Outline Future of Guam Energy

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GPA General Manager John Benavente requested a special work session next month to discuss the power authority’s revised IRP. 

Guam – What is the future of energy on Guam? Is it solar energy, or new power plants…or both? This is the question the Guam Power Authority will answer when it submits its revised integrated resource plan.

 

GPA General Manager John Benavente requested a special work session next month to discuss the power authority’s revised IRP. The IRP is GPA’s future plan on how Guam will produce energy in the near future. Part of the plan will include the new phase ii renewable bid, which was cancelled, in part, to include battery storage. The revised IRP will give ratepayers a snapshot into how GPA plans to generate island electricity for years to come. The revised plan is also expected to contain GPA’s plan to build new power plants to replace the Cabras plants.

 

“Have we established what we think a maximum renewable capacity could be? Maybe over time, I mean maximum could be 100 percent in 100 years, that’s not reasonable, that doesn’t help any of us figure this out right? But 5,10,15,20 years, do we project how much capacity we will develop from renewables?” said CCU commissioner Simon Sanchez. “That’s the other half of the equation from the generation side. How do we marry the two? And now you’ve got utility scale solar and we’ll collect 200 customers by the end of the year and I’m curious, where does net metering stop?”

 

The work session is scheduled for may 17 at 9 a.m.