Turks & Caicos

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The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory consisting of two groups of tropical islands in the West Indies, the larger Caicos Islands and the smaller Turks Islands, known for tourism and as an offshore financial centre.


The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) lie southeast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas and north of the island of Hispaniola. Cockburn Town, the capital, is situated about 1,042 kilometres (647 mi) east-southeast of Miami in the United States. The islands have a total land area of 430 square kilometres (170 sq mi). The islands are geographically contiguous to the Bahamas, but are politically a separate entity. The total population is about 36,000, of whom approximately 22,500 live on Providenciales in the Caicos Islands. Cockburn Town, the capital, is on Grand Turk Island.


The Turks and Caicos Islands depend on imported petroleum products to satisfy over 100% of its consumer energy demand. There is virtually no uptake of renewable energy in the TCI. There are however rare exceptions of small solar and wind systems on customer premises that are not grid connected.Renewable energy sources or technologies represent a negligible contribution to the national energy mix.


Electricity generation, transmission, and distribution services in the TCI are provided by two vertically integrated electric utilities:


1. Fortis Turks and Caicos includes two power companies (acquired by Fortis Incorporated in August 2006) with a combined installed capacity of 54MW:

 

a. Provo Power Company Ltd. (‘PPC’) operates on the islands of Providenciales, North Caicos, and Middle Caicos
b. Atlantic Equipment and Power (Turks and Caicos) Ltd. (‘Atlantic’) operates on the island of South Caicos

 

2. Turks and Caicos Utilities, Ltd. (‘TCU’), owned by WRB Enterprises, operates on the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay (installed capacity 11MW).

 

Fortis Turks and Caicos provides electricity to Providenciales, North Caicos, and Middle Caicos through PPC, and to South Caicos through Atlantic, for terms of 50 years under a Take-Over Agreement concluded in 1987.


TCU provides generation and distribution of electricity on Grand Turk and Salt Cay for a term of 50 years under a Take-Over Agreement with the Government concluded in 1986.


Potential renewable energy resources include waste-to-energy, solar and wind.


Some Achievements:

  • Development of Energy Conservation Policy and Implementation Strategy-2011


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Fast Facts

  • Capital: Cockburn Town
  • Official languages: English
  • Demonym: Turks and Caicos Islander
  • Government: British overseas territory
  • Independence: n/a
  • Area: 430 km2 /193 sq mi
  • Population: 36,605 (est 2009)
  • Currency: US Dollar

RE Snapshot

  • RE Interests: Solar,wind, waste-to-energy
  • RE Target: Not Yet Announced (NYA)
  • Utility Company: Fortis Turks and Caicos (Provo Power Company Ltd. (‘PPC’) and Atlantic Equipment and Power (Turks and Caicos) Ltd.) and Turks and Caicos Utilities, Ltd. (‘TCU’).
  • RE in Grid Supply: No
  • Energy Institutions: Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) and the Electricity Commissioner‘s Office.



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