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Tripped generators lead to short widespread power outage

A widespread power outage across Grand Cayman this afternoon briefly left more than 15,600 Caribbean Utilities Company customers without electricity.

CUC chips away at remaining outages; 600 remain without power

Up to 1,131 Caribbean Utilities Company customers remained without power in Grand Cayman, CUC confirmed on Friday, adding that they are unlikely to see resumption of service until late into the night.

Fuel-price rebound means higher electric bills

Diesel fuel prices, which plummeted during a series of coronavirus lockdowns across the globe last year, are on the increase, meaning higher electricity bills for consumers in Cayman.
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CUC: Outages caused by failed power-line insulators

Widespread power outages on Grand Cayman Saturday, which knocked out power for more than 16,000 customers at one point, were caused by separate failures of insulators on transmission lines, the Caribbean Utilities Company said.

Flow lines cut: OfReg ‘gravely concerned’ by loss of service

OfReg CEO Malike Cummings has said he is "gravely concerned" by the negative impact on consumers who lost telecom service over the weekend when CUC removed the Flow cable lines from its poles.

CUC cuts Flow’s ‘unauthorised’ telecom connections from 14 sites

Caribbean Utilities Company has removed Flow's "unauthorised attachments" from its poles over the weekend, causing service disruption for the telecom provider's customers in the eastern districts.
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Consumers to see higher electricity bills

Consumers are likely to face higher electricity bills starting this month after Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) raised its base rates by 6.6%.
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Resilience Cayman offers utility relief

Eligible low-income Caribbean Utilities Company customers who are struggling to pay their electricity bill can now apply for a grant under an initiative launched by Resilience Cayman.

Power restored to customers after East End pole fire

Electricity has been restored to most of the customers impacted by this morning's power outage in East End, the Caribbean Utilities Company reported.

CUC raises $47.8M with rights offering

Caribbean Utilities Company has completed a rights offering, which invited existing shareholders to buy more shares of the utility provider, raising US$47.8 million.

$20,000 green home makeover offered in competition

Government and the Caribbean Utilities Company today launched a competition in which one household will win a $20,000 energy-efficient makeover of their home.

CUC: Power outages expected overnight

Caribbean Utilities Company says it expects that customers will experience power outages overnight as Tropical Storm Delta impacts the Cayman Islands.

Business in brief

Employees of Caribbean Utilities Company have authorised CUC to donate monthly deductions from their salaries to the Needs Assessment Unit.

Widespead power outage caused by generator problems

Technical issues with one of Caribbean Utilities Company's larger generators led to power outages across various districts in Grand Cayman this afternoon.
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CUC defers price increase to 2021

CUC announced that it will push back a 6.6% price increase until next year.

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AM Best affirms credit rating of Cayman First Insurance AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “a-” of Cayman First Insurance, the property/casualty...

Business in brief

Cartan Group LLC has hired Benjamin Marler as the company continues its expansion.

CUC pushing for utility-scale solar energy

Renewables in the form of large-scale solar plants should be at the centre of Cayman's energy mix of the future, according to electricity provider Caribbean Utilities Company.

Tropical wave causes power outage and flooding

A tropical wave moving across the Cayman area on Saturday has downed powerlines in at least 99 locations and left some five thousand people without electricity. The system is also supporting thundershowers that have caused localised flooding throughout parts of George Town and Savanah.

Renewable energy: Government reallocates CORE capacity to residential market

Five months after the popular Consumer Owned Renewable Energy programme, or CORE, was shut down to new customers in December 2019 because it was...
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CUC quarterly earnings drop

Caribbean Utilities Company's first-quarter net earnings of US$3.9 million were down by US$0.6 million compared to the same period last year, despite higher electricity sales and lower general and administrative costs.
CUC picked up the tab for seniors shopping at a local supermarket

Seniors get supermarket surprise

Seniors shopping on Wednesday and Thursday got a special supermarket surprise when the Caribbean Utilities Company picked up their tab at the counter.
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CUC: No disconnections in March, credit extended for 3 months

Caribbean Utilities Company is offering alternative payment terms for its customers who may be going through financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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CUC increases annual electricity sales

Caribbean Utilities Company increased its operating income by US$1.1 million to $29.5 million last year on the back of 6% higher kilowatt-hour sales.

Sun sets on subsidised solar

The Caribbean Utilities Company has halted its residential renewable energy programme, which allowed customers to sell solar-generated energy back to the power company at a subsidised rate.

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Generator faults lead to power outages for 25,000 customers

Faults in the control systems of three major generating units at the Caribbean Utilities Company's North Sound plant led to Sunday's widespread power outage, CUC stated Monday.

Tree blamed for Lime Tree Bay pole fire

CUC warns public about planting too close to poles

Pole fire erupts in Lime Tree Bay

Firefighters fought a blaze in Lime Tree Bay on Saturday when a Caribbean Utilities Company electricity pole was engulfed in flames.

CUC using art to revolutionise renewable energy

Caribbean Utilities Company has installed the country’s first SmartFlower 2.5-kilowatt system at its adopted roundabout by Kings Sports Centre.

CUC outage scheduled

Caribbean Utilities Companies customers on Safehaven Drive and in Crystal Harbour, off the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, will experience interruptions to their electrical service on Thursday, 3 Oct., between 9am and 3pm.

CUC outage planned for West Bay

CUC is advising customers on Fountain Road in West Bay that they will experience interruptions to their electrical service on Friday, 20 Sept. between 9am and 4pm.

CUC trimming trees in eastern districts

CUC advises motorists in Bodden Town, Frank Sound and East End to exercise caution through August, as CUC’s crews will be conducting aggressive tree trimming in the eastern districts.

Pole fire causes widespread power outages

Power outages affected thousands Friday evening in Savannah, Bodden Town and East End. The Caribbean Utilities Company reported outages began around 7:00pm due to a pole fire. 

Watercourse Road power outage scheduled

CUC is advising customers on Watercourse Road in West Bay that they will experience interruptions to their electrical service on Wednesday, Feb. 6 between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Perfect conditions for CUC’s 30th annual 800m sea swim

A group of 125 entrants took to the water Saturday in perfect conditions for the 30th edition of CUC’s annual 800-meter sea swim.

Delayed CUC ocean swim slated for Saturday

Bad weather in October forced organizers of the CUC 800-meter, open water swim to postpone the event, which is now scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Governors Beach.

UPDATED: Accident knocks out power in Prospect

Customers from North Side to West Bay experienced power outages Sunday afternoon. CUC estimated more than 10,000 customers were affected around 5:15 p.m.

UPDATED: Power outage across Grand Cayman

Much of Grand Cayman awoke for work or school Tuesday morning to find their homes without power.

George Town, Prospect affected by outages

CUC customers in Prospect and George Town were affected by outages Thursday.

Transformer fuse blows in George Town

Three buildings in downtown George Town lost power Wednesday morning after fuses in a transformer blew.

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Power outages reported in GT, Savannah

CUC reported outages in parts of George Town, Prospect and Savannah.

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Update: Power begins to return in George Town

Much of Grand Cayman woke up to a power outage Friday morning. CUC advised its crews were working on the issue and expected to restore service in two hours.

Police: Watch for bogus workmen

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has received a handful of reports within the past few days of criminal suspects posing as workmen trying to gain entry to local homes.
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Road closure in Grand Harbour area

Edgewater Way near the Careenage Condominiums in the Grand Harbour area of George Town will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday, Jan 2-5 for the purposes of work being done by CUC and the Water Authority.

OfReg approves increase in CUC rates

The Utility Regulation and Competition Office has approved a base rate adjustment for Caribbean Utilities Company in accordance with the Rate Cap Adjustment Mechanism contained in the company’s Transmission and Distribution License.

How to cut electricity costs

To replace a 40-megawatt diesel generator, you must have an equivalent, reliable amount of sustainable generation that produces 40 megawatts of power continuously for many, many years. That is when costs for electricity will come down.

CUC closes first $40 million tranche of private placement

CUC closed a first US$40 million tranche of a US$60 million private placement. The $40 million senior unsecured note pays 3.9 percent and comes due Nov. 25, 2031. It will be followed by a second tranche of a $20 million, 4.64 percent senior unsecured note, scheduled to close in May. The second note comes due Nov. 25, 2048.

CUC celebrates long-serving retirees

CUC hosted a retirement celebration for long-serving employees Kenzel Dixon, Thomas Bennett and Val Whittaker. They served the company for 44, 42 and 27 years, respectively. Each worked in four positions during their careers, including lineman foreman, plant operation supervisor and heavy duty mechanic.

CUC to update public on renewable energy planning

As part of the Caribbean Utilities Company’s study of renewable energy options for Cayman, the company will host a second round of workshops Wednesday to update the public and industry watchers on its progress.

UPDATED: Power restored in most of West Bay after car knocked down pole

A single-car crash in the early morning hours Tuesday damaged a concrete utility pole and utility workers had to cut power in West Bay for much of the day. Police say the male driver sustained serious injuries in the wreck and emergency workers took him to Cayman Islands Hospital for treatment.

CUC third quarter profits down on depreciation and finance charges

CUC generated third quarter net earnings of $7.4 million, a decrease of $0.5 million compared with the same period a year earlier. The decrease was caused by higher depreciation and finance charges relating to the completion of the 39.7 megawatt Generation Project in June 2016. These

Utilities law written without advice of utility companies

Legal drafters penning an 82-page law to create a unified regulatory office for Cayman’s utility providers did not solicit opinions from the half-dozen affected companies, instead they only consulted their controlling agencies.

Cayman’s linemen help get power back on in hurricane-hit Bahamas

Five linemen with Cayman’s Caribbean Utilities Company took off for the Bahamas on Wednesday to help get the country’s power lines back up after Hurricane Matthew passed over the islands, causing an estimated $400 million in damage. Homes were destroyed and power lines pulled down across many of the islands in the Bahamas.

800m open water swim rescheduled to Oct. 15

The annual CUC 800 meter open water swim that had been set for Oct. 8 has been for Saturday, Oct. 15, due to inclement weather on the original date. Staged by the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association and sponsored by CUC, the event also includes a 400m swim for youngsters ages 12 and under.

CUC hosts conference for users of MAN diesel generating units

Caribbean Utilities Company hosted more than 60 representatives from electricity utilities and power industries from around the world at the annual MAN User’s Group Conference, known as MUG, at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. It was the second time CUC has hosted the conference since the group was formed in 2002.

CUC sea swim scheduled for October

The annual CUC 800 meters open water swim will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8. Staged by the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association and sponsored by CUC, the event also includes a 400m swim for youngsters ages 12 and under.

Girls Primary Football League kicks off this weekend

The primary school girls will start their football season on Saturday with the CUC Girls Primary Football League Opening Rally at 9 a.m. at the T.E. McField annex in George Town.

Ocean thermal company, CUC in power agreement

A Baltimore-based renewable-energy company has revealed a late-May accord with the Caribbean Utilities Company to generate approximately 8 percent of Cayman’s electricity using ocean-based technology that exploits variable water temperatures to create power.

Business in brief: DCI processes police clearances for business licenses

CUC declares dividend; New Walkers attorney admitted to Bar; Appleby shortlisted for 2017 IFC Caribbean Award and more.

CUC unveils new diesel generators, urges caution on renewables

The Caribbean Utilities Company has unveiled its new US$85 million diesel generators as demand for electricity in the Cayman Islands soars to record levels.

Circuit problems lead to CUC outages in BT

Problems with Caribbean Utility Company’s two new $85 million diesel generators are responsible for at least seven power outages in the Northward area since mid-April.

Pole fire caused power outage in West Bay

A fire on a Caribbean Utilities Company pole cut power to about 1,700 customers in West Bay on Wednesday night.

CUC rate rise likely to add 11 cents to bills

Caribbean Utilities Company has announced a 0.1 percent increase in the company’s base rate, adding approximately 11 cents to typical monthly bills.

‘Marginal’ CUC price change likely

A “marginal” rise in electricity rates appears to be imminent, although the Caribbean Utilities Company is tight-lipped about the increase, saying only it is too early to discuss details.

Regional forum exploring electricity, power issues comes to Cayman

Energy efficiency, public-private energy projects and “a new paradigm” for power generation are on the agenda at next week’s three-day Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corp. gathering at the Marriott resort.

EDITORIAL – Cayman’s quest for renewable energy sources

Last week, Cayman took important steps on its journey to integrate renewable energy into our current fossil-fuel-only model.

Cayman’s first solar farm breaks ground in Bodden Town

Entropy Cayman Solar broke ground Monday on Cayman’s first solar farm, scheduled for an October commissioning, supplying 5 megawatts of electricity to the Caribbean Utilities Company and the national grid.

50 years ago: CUC officially takes over

The May 11, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, reported: “Yesterday was ‘Take-Over Day’ so far as the supply of electricity in George Town and West Bay is concerned."

Groundbreaking set for solar farm

Groundbreaking will take place Monday for Cayman’s first solar farm, which will begin generating power in October.

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