GUAM MALL GOES SOLO, GENERATES OWN ELECTRICITY

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By Mar-Vic Cagurangan

HAGATNA, Guam (Marianas Variety, Jan. 8) – The Agana Shopping Center will delink from the Guam Power Authority and operate its own one-megawatt power facility to provide electricity to its commercial tenants.

The diesel-powered plant operated by PowerSource Energy Services will be the first privately-run electric facility on Guam.

Tes Reyes, marketing director of ASC, said the management will disclose details of the power plant project once the requirements are completed.

The PowerSource Energy Services is awaiting the Guam Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of its application for a five-year permit to operate five diesel-fired generators, each rated at 500 kW.

GEPA is doing an engineering evaluation to identify all applicable requirements and to determine if the facility complies with the standards and requirements.

According to sources, at least two hotels are also negotiating with the same investor to build their own power plants.

The draft permit is open for public review, according to GEPA’s public notice. (Copy of the draft permit can be accessed at www.guamepa.net)

Meanwhile, Sen. Jesse Lujan’s committee on aviation, federal affairs, labor, housing, banking and insurance will hold a public hearing tomorrow on a substitute bill that seeks the break the GPA monopoly.

The bill, a merger of Bills 113 and 122, seeks to allow independent power producers to lease GPA’s transmission lines and directly sell power to consumers.

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