VIDEO: PUC Gives GPA Approval to Enter Into Renewable Energy Contracts

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Guam – The Guam Power Authority received official notice that the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approves the Authority efforts to enter into alternative/renewable energy contracts with two firms for solar and wind energy technologies for the Island Wide Power System (IWPS).

“This is great news for our island and our customers as it represents another step forward for GPA to diversify its energy resources,” stated Joaquin C. Flores, P.E. GPA General Manager, “Within two years, Guam will begin to enjoy solar energy and within three years wind power from the first phase of renewable energy projects.”

The authorization is conditional pending the completion of a system impact study that is expected to be completed in early 2012.

“The system impact study will outline the requirements that must be met by the two energy companies to “tie into” the IWPS – new transmission lines, upgrades to nearby substations to insure power quality and transformer upgrades that may be needed,” remarked Flores, “Power quality is important as GPA continues to improve and upgrade its services over the next couple of years.”