DOMLEC tackling festive season capacity from several angles

Daryl Dalrymple

Acting General Manager of Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC), Daryl Dalrymple has said that the company is doing everything in its power to ensure that the load shedding affecting its customers in recent times is either eliminated or minimal during the festive season.

Dalrymple, who is also the Restoration Coordinator of DOMLEC made the announcement while addressing DOMLEC’s progress update this week.

“We have been working to ensure that the units…are capable of taking us through the festive season and we will do all that we can to ensure that the load shedding is either eliminated for that period or it is minimal,” he said.

According to him, any major unit the company may lose presently, “will put us in a compromising position.”

“We have been very vigilant in terms of our maintenance activities ensuring that we do what we have to do to ensure that the units we have available remain available for the coming festive season,” he stated.

He said if that can be done the company will be in a comfortable position.

Furthermore, Dalrymple explained that the constant rainy weather the country has been experiencing has lowered the temperatures significantly and that’s a good thing.

“So that too is allowing the diesel units to function much more comfortably, much more efficiently at the lowest that we are loading them into now,” he explained.

Meanwhile, DOMLEC has been requesting very large consumers to get off the system to help free up capacity.

He pointed out that in terms of the hospital, the Financial Centre, the government as well as some private companies have been playing their part.

“During the day they have been self-generating, in addition to the customary ones we have had coming off the network to free up some capacity so that the other domestic customers could have power,” Dalrymple noted. “We have been calling other large customers to give us some assistance in terms of freeing up capacity so that other customers can enjoy it.”

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  1. Petes
    November 1, 2023

    Here is another smiler. That’s how they make up for the lack of knowledge, commitment and incompetence.

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  2. Layou River
    November 1, 2023

    With the government of Dominica having absolute control of the Dominica Electricity Company, its operations and finances, DOMLEC is in fact the people’s company and we the people have the right to know what is happening with our company.
    More information has come out now and the people should now demand the dissolution of the Independent Regulatory Commission and the resignation of the Roosevelt Skerrit administration.
    The people have the right to know that much like the government operated Petro Caribe program DOMLEC’s revenues are now being used by the government to facilitate Labor Party political agenda, government expenditures like NEP wage bills, civil service wages and more.
    Dominicans, your country is on the brink of bankruptcy and there is no other to blame but your PM with Dimples.

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  3. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    October 27, 2023

    Everything in Dominica is a lost cause!

    The the boy from Barbados ran it into the ground, and when he discovered there is no hope, he let you all with the crap and move on.
    You can smile as much as you wish, and make stupid excuse, wishfully thinking that the the useless thoughts you spew will change the status quo; but you will turn out to be another joke!
    The only resolve is to develop an entire new grid, and not only that you need a series of new power generating motor’s.
    If you people were not dumb, Dominica and Guyana are the only two places endowed with the potential to utilize hydroelectric power, you can accomplish by utilizing the rivers in the country.

    When CDC (The colonial Development Cooperation) brought electricity to Dominica, it was all generated using water ( we had hydroelectricity), that should be the source of electrical power in the country.
    You all have transformers burning over peoples head while spewing a cancerous cooling oil, while you pipe crap!

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      October 27, 2023

      Boy you better shout up, from talking all that bull: load shedding has nothing to do with weather in Dominica, all of us are not as ignorant as you are and don’t know!
      I; yours truly; me; I am an electronic/electrical engineer; and here is what load shedding is all about!
      Load shedding is a term used to describe what happens when a power station can’t produce enough electricity. When that happens, it stops supplying electricity to certain parts of the grid to shed the load; and relieve pressure on the power plant. At each stage of load shedding, a precise amount of electricity is shed from the national grid. Example: during stage 1; 1000 megawatts of power are shed, while during stage 8, 8000 megawatts of power are shed.
      So, stop your BS baloney; leave it home with those living with you to believe your crap, rain or shine does not have anything to do with your lie; tell you what if you over produce, and not enough is used within certain hours, you still have to dump it anyway!

    • Mel Houston
      November 1, 2023

      Oh oh, de fing on Francisco.. again.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        November 6, 2023

        What Fing on Francisco again?
        Man go and find some dam kindergarten class to attend you see!
        Are you dumb or something, if you think that something is on me you are stupid; because my comments have a foundation, and I know what I am talking about; my comments are intellectual, verses your childish stupid comments!
        Anytime peoples comments are beyond you intelligence, and understanding; you resort to trash and insults.
        I am an electronic/ electrical engineer, and because of that knowledge I can write the things that I write!
        What is you profession, how many scientific degree have you got?
        I have four, so be quiet: Shut up!
        Guy, I am an Eagle flying high, I am the fastest flying bird in the sky, my top speed is 240 miles per hour; in a dive my beak can burst your scalp open and instantly kill you!
        If you are not dumb, research it for a slap in your face!
        Only a stupid dog stays on the ground and bark at a flying bird, in this case an Eagle flying at 240 miles per hour in the…

  4. We the People
    October 27, 2023

    Where is Mrs. Mc Kenzie? Doc, between you and the Board of Directors, namely
    Patrick Pemberton (Chairman)
    Denise Edwards (Deputy Chairman)
    Frederica James
    Lemuel Lavinier
    Francine Baron
    Samuel Raphael
    Cecil Joseph
    Kendell Johnson

    tell us what happen to the plans to do the solar plant in Tarreau. The same plant that the IRC gave approval for in 2022

  5. Zandoli
    October 26, 2023

    I read the article and I could not help but laugh. These guys cannot be serious.
    I hardly believe, given the high cost of electricity, heavy users are wasting power.
    If your business requires a certain amount of power to operate, reducing your consumption would translate to lower productivity. Is that what Domlec is asking businesses to do?
    So the government and Domlec are only interested in creating an illusion that everything is OK for the festive season and go back to the misery they created once everything is over?

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      October 27, 2023

      He is not man enough to say the entire electricity generating system, is flawed; he is not man enough to say the old generators has outlived their time!
      You know it’s like buying a new car; it is expected to run trouble for five years, after that it has to be service regularly, only one may get ten years out of it.

      Nevertheless, after ten years dealer parts are no longer accessible, on the market, one my be lucky to find spare parts in a junk yard in Canada, and America, otherwise an off market inferior substitute might be found.

      It is the same with those same old generators which maybe there from way back in the days of CDC.

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  6. Nudibranch
    October 26, 2023

    quick! people coming…..we can go back to the usual after.

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  7. derp
    October 26, 2023

    because of Hurricane Tammy you all ease up on the load shedding more rain to full up the lakes hence more hydro power, we still getting lingering effects such as trough systems

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  8. If we knew better
    October 26, 2023

    who cares? country already sideways. we might as well go all the way back to primitive times. might be better for us

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  9. Ibo France
    October 26, 2023

    Wow! One does not need to speculate. Concerning the electricity generation and supply, the government priority is not to ensure that households and businesses have a consistent supply of electricity. The non-interruption of electricity for the smooth running of the festivities is given premium priority. Wow!

    Under Roosevelt’s tenure as PM, Dominica should be renamed ‘Land Of Sewo’. The sewo events are usually packed with Dominicans of all walks of life. Where many of the attendants find the money to eat and whine at these festivities is a mystery. SEWO is KING in Dominica. The inhabitants are just an after thought of the oligarchy.

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  10. Martha
    October 26, 2023

    As usual, plenty of words and the usual rhetoric and everything is going to be ok, until during the festive season all hell breaks loose again. That’s how things are done in DA.

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