The PUC issued a number of decisions at its October 29 meeting.
Guam – The Guam PUC may be leaning towards approving GPA’s plans to build two combined cycle power plants in light of the recent power crisis.
The Public Utilities Commission has given the Guam Power Authority 120 days to come up with a plan on how to build two new combined cycle power plants. GPA must also respond to a critical report that recommended the PUC reject GPA’s bid to build new plants. The Lummus consultants group issued the report two weeks before the explosion at Cabras 3&4. Lummus concluded, among other things, that GPA had failed to adequately explore cheaper compliance plans that did not require building new power plants. Before the explosions of Cabras 3&4 GPA’s primary reason for building combined cycle power plants has been to come into compliance with the USEPA’s clean air regulations. After the explosion, the narrative changed for both the CCU and PUC.
“Well, we knew that we were going to get a PUC decision on the proposal that we had submitted, I think Cabras 3 and 4 has just forced us to move that timeline up faster because it doesn’t make sense to answer one without answering the other,” said Simon Sanchez, CCU Commissioner.
Additionally the PUC says that if GPA wants to build new power plants they must have it privately operated. PUC points to the new solar farm as a model. This is also where renewables come into the picture. One of the arguments against a new CCU plant is that it goes against the growing trend of renewable energy. In other words, why would we build new power plants reliant on diesel fuel, instead of looking to generate capacity through renewable energy?
“There’s no way that renewables can make 100 percent of the power by 2020 and it takes us 3 to 4 years to build generation. So we recognize we have to get to 2020 and we have to keep the lights on until 2025 or 2030,” said Sanchez.