Load shedding returns despite reassurance from DOMLEC that it wouldn’t after Diasporans’ departure

Less than 48 hours after giving the nation the assurance that load shedding would not return, the Dominica Electricity Company Limited (Domlec) has reinstated the dreaded list.

During their weekly update on Monday, Dave Stamp, the company’s Chief Operations Officer (COO), reassured the general public that there is no immediate threat of load shedding resuming, especially now that the independence season has concluded, and a majority of the visitors and members of the diaspora have departed from the island.

Speaking on the company’s current status,  he disclosed that the relief customers experienced during the country’s 45th Independence celebration was the outcome of a collaborative effort involving DOMLEC, its partners as well as the reintegration of certain equipment into the grid.

“It was not a coincidence,” he declared. “It was the result of dedication and hard work and us coming together as a company and also as a country because we got a lot of assistance from some large customers who assisted us by coming off the grid so that their capacity will be freed up for others.”

“Also, the fact that we brought a number of capacities that were down back in service, that helped. So certainly, with the diasporans gone, we will not return to load shedding. We can do away with that discussion. It’s certainly not our intention. It is not in our interest financially and is not in our interest from a PR and from a reputation point of view, to return to load shedding,” Stamp added.

However, just this morning, the company uploaded the list of communities which would be affected by load shedding in the coming days. It’s important to note that the last time that the company uploaded such a list was on October 12th, 2023.

First on the list of the new load shedding schedule for Wednesday, November 8, are large sections of Portsmouth to Dublanc and Fond Canie, Louisville, Silver Lake and Bath Estate. On Thursday, November 9 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, practically all of the north coast will be without power from Portsmouth to Capuchin. For the same time on Friday, there will be no electricity from the Fond Cole Industrial District to St Aroment.

Many Dominicans, dismayed by the new load shedding schedule,  have taken to the company social media page, expressing outrage.

“So you somehow had all the power to light up a whole festival and give electricity to diaspora and visitors but now you can’t keep up ?! Such a load of lies,” one person wrote on Facebook.

“So for the creole fest all you give people a break. Kamem kamem is all I saying. Next month is Christmas so all you will leave it on for them to have their Christmas charade in town,” another wrote.

“Everything was good during the independence season tho..I guess y’all dint [didn’t] want the visitors to see the misery y’all have Dominicans in..awa wii,” another wrote.

One person believes that the entire matter is making Dominica look like the poorest country in the Caribbean.

“Stop making Dominica look like the poorest Caribbean country. We can do better than that. Bring out the money,” the person wrote on social media.

During the update Stamp highlighted that several measures have and will be put in place to have the country return to normalcy by the end of the month into early December.

But for now, Dominicans are bracing themselves for more load shedding and power cuts which light and power company DOMLEC had  assured them, after the Independence season,  would be a thing of the past.

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  1. Jonathan Y St Jean
    November 9, 2023

    Liar, liar your pants are on fire. Well it didn’t take long for us to find out that DOMLEC COO, Stamp, is a liar. I wonder what happen to the dedication and hard work and where did it go to so quickly? Did those from the diaspora take it with them when they left. I’m not surprised at this deception because the government is majority shareholder in Domlec and who leads the government? The “I’m-the-people” guy has made it a hobby of lying to the citizens. You can’t get water out of squeezing stone. Those diaspora folks will have left believing that things are just fine everyday. Wool was pulled over their eyes. That’s why the 5 year requirement is necessary also the three month residency in the constituency prior to the poll being taken. It’s better to keep your mouth shut than to open your mouth and remove all doubt about what you really are. Liar!!.

  2. Love my country
    November 9, 2023

    Please share factual information rather than sensational stories that the public would be happy to lament on. As anmedia house you should seek to get information from the company before posting this. I’m very disappointed with this bias reporting.

    ADMIN: Our report is factual and we did reach out for comment.

    We also posted this article prior: https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/domlec-debunks-claims-that-load-shedding-will-recommence-after-diasporans-departure/

    • We the People
      November 10, 2023

      Gimme a freaking break!

      I just drove through an almost blacked out Roseau! I love my country too, but my God, I cannot be that stupid. The reality is that we are back to the days of load shedding.

      In my Tasie voice “disapora come back”

  3. Zandoli
    November 9, 2023

    It does not surprise me in the least that Domlec has returned to its usual pattern of heaping misery on the people.
    I don’t understand how the COO of Domlec could depend on high consumers of power to suddenly disconnect from the grid to allow them to balance their power supply. Unless Domlec was prepared to compensate them for the additional cost of running generators, why would these customers burden themselves?
    Which begs the question: how could the COO not know the true picture of the current supply before embarrassing himself? This is sheer incompetence.

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  4. Ibo France
    November 8, 2023

    Lies and deceptions are the forte of the Roosevelt led autocracy. This is yet another piece of unquestionable evidence that citizens who reside in Dominica are not only considered as second class citizens, but, also as disposable by the dictator and his malevolent missionaries.

    No sooner have the diasporans left, DOMLEC has resorted to subject the country to misery once again. Spoilage of perishable foods, work productivity drastically reduced, the unusually hot weather at this time of the year is unbearable without working fans and air conditioning units.

    But, Dominicans seem to be a strange set of masochists. They just like to suffer under the rule of the tyrannical buffoon. As the Mighty Sparrow sang “Dey like it so!”

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  5. If we knew better
    November 8, 2023

    Welcome to the commonwealth, where we lie steal, decieve and cheat. diaspora go back all good time stop. Back to darkness, misery and destroyed appliances. thank you Roosevelt Skerrit. The generator wasnt for the people living and working in the country, it was to act like DOMLEC have no issues while the foreigners and diaspora were here. but now they are gone you could care less about the Dominicans in Dominica. You have your generator, chinese embassy have their generator so you care not for the people. What does kill me is Dominicans will forever continue to act like these people are doing such a great job, but under their breath jump at the first chance to leave Dominica. fools and clowns alone we have left here in the majority. Is like none of all you have critical thinking skills. Its time to make serious changes.

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    • November 8, 2023

      Every authority in this country is now well skilled in the art of deception

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    • Zandoli
      November 9, 2023

      Critical thinks skills are not innate, it is learned as one acquire higher levels if education. You learn to question things and not take them at face value.
      It is no accident that the majority of college educated people in the United States support the Democratic Party and the morons are MAGA fanatics.

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