CUC announces wind project request for expressions of interest


    GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, July 24 /CNW/ - Caribbean Utilities
Company, Ltd. ("CUC" or "the Company") today announced that it will formally
request expressions of interest from qualified wind generation developers for
wind generation project of up to 10 megaWatt ("MW") on the island of Grand
Cayman, Cayman Islands. A formal Request for Expressions of Interest will be
posted on the CUC website which can be found at Expressions of
interest should be directed to Andrew Small, Vice President of Transmission
and Distribution.
    CUC will consider each alternative on its own merits and may select more
than one party with whom to pursue further discussion. Depending on the
outcome of those discussions, CUC will enter one or more Power Purchase
Agreements ("PPA") with Independent Power Producers ("IPP") to purchase all
available generation from each such party. The Electricity Regulatory
Authority ("ERA") has endorsed this initiative and any PPA or generation
licence arising from the initiative will be subject to ERA approval.
    An interested party will be required to undertake further wind studies to
supplement CUC's existing data, complete an environmental impact study,
provide detailed site, civil, electrical and mechanical designs, and undertake
other work to procure, install, commission and confirm reliability of the
generation capacity. The IPP will also operate the facility.
    In 2003, CUC completed a 12 month, two-site wind study with the support
of an independent consultant. At that time, wind generation was not considered
viable based on the measured wind intensity and duration and the lower cost of
the prevailing diesel generation. CUC believes that this source of energy may
now prove viable with reasonable assumptions regarding future fuel prices,
capital costs and operating costs. The wind measurement data arising from the
2003 study will be made available to qualified interested parties.
    CUC currently relies upon diesel generation to produce electricity for
Grand Cayman. CUC's power system is comprised of 17 generating units
(15 diesel and two gas turbines) with a combined capacity of 136.6 megaWatts.
Generation expansion planning by the Company is based mainly on historical
growth trends and planned major commercial developments. In addition, limits
prescribed by CUC's Licence with the Cayman Islands Government dictate the
minimum and maximum reserve generating capacity that the Company must maintain
to ensure a reliable supply of electricity after allowance for breakdown and
scheduled maintenance.
    The Company's transmission and distribution (T&D) system is comprised of
seven major transformer substations, approximately 277 miles of overhead
high-voltage (69 kilovolts and 13 kilovolts) T&D lines and 14 miles of
high-voltage submarine cable in Grand Cayman. The T&D lines and substations
are designed for high winds and flooding that might result from a hurricane.
    In April of 2008, CUC signed a 20 year Electricity Transmission and
Distribution Licence which provides for the purchase of non-firm renewable
generation from sources such as wind.
    Richard Hew, President and Chief Executive Officer of CUC stated, "We are
pleased under our new licence to be able to undertake this step towards
offsetting the island's dependence on fossil fuels for the generation of
power." He added, "While we do not foresee a significant consumer rate
reduction from early wind projects, we do expect to prove the technical
viability of this energy source and establish a basis on which we can
stabilize power costs through expansion of renewable capacity."
    CUC is actively investigating other alternate energy means including
ocean thermal energy conversion ("OTEC") and photovoltaics and has recently
proposed a rate structure for consumer owned renewable energy to the Cayman
Islands Electricity Regulatory Authority.

    CUC provides electricity to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, under a
non-exclusive Electricity Generation Licence expiring in 2029 and an exclusive
Electricity Transmission and Distribution Licence expiring in 2028. Further
information is available at

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For further information:

For further information: Douglas H. Murray, Corporate Secretary, Phone:
(345) 949-5200, Fax: (345) 949-4621

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