Dominica grapples with power crisis as aging plants struggle to meet island’s demand

Dominica is facing a mounting energy crisis due to insufficient generation capacity.

Manager at Dominica Electricity Services Limited, Bertilia McKenzie, says not only are Dominicans consuming more power in 2023, but the company is also grappling with the challenge of aging machinery.

Ms McKenzie says to tackle the emergency, DOMLEC is leasing two megawatts of temporary generation from an outside source.

She stressed the need for additional generation, citing Dominica's first geothermal plant that will be commissioned "in a few years."

The construction of the plant, which is expected to generate 10,000 kilowatts, is on-going with transmission networks currently being set up as the next phase of the project.

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