Thursday, February 11, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
WAKE FOREST, N.C., February 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — PowerSecure (NYSE: POWR) announced today that the company has signed a Management Services Agreement (MSA) with the government of The Bahamas under which PowerSecure will provide its management services to Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) for the next five years.
The MSA includes a business plan which outlines cost-reduction and reliability targets along with renewable energy and customer service initiatives for New Providence and the Family Islands.
“Today is an exciting new day in The Bahamas as we progress into a formal relationship with PowerSecure to implement a robust business plan with the goal to reduce customer electricity costs and provide increased reliability,” said Nathaniel Beneby, chairman of the board for BPL.
Recently passed energy reform legislation by The Bahamas provided for the incorporation of BPL, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC), to provide safe and secure electrical services for The Bahamas in a modernized and cost-effective manner. The new legislation also calls for the issuance of a rate reduction bond, which BPL intends to be utilized to refinance BEC’s existing legacy debt and to fund infrastructure and efficiency investments for BPL which would result in a net reduction to customer electricity bills.
“It is an honor and a blessing to be selected to serve the Bahamian people. PowerSecure team members, especially our chief utility officer, Ronnie Brannen, and our chief sales officer, Mark Martyak, have spent hundreds of hours on the ground in New Providence and across all of the Family Islands rigorously assessing the current condition of existing assets and developing renewable energy and other exciting approaches aimed at improving the efficiency and reliability of electricity for The Bahamas for years to come,” saidSidney Hinton, chief executive officer of PowerSecure.
Under the terms of the MSA, in addition to PowerSecure receiving a baseline annual management fee of $2 million, BPL must achieve pre-defined key performance indicators (KPIs) related to cost reductions, reliability improvements and customer service enhancements in order for PowerSecure to receive potential additional performance-based compensation of up to 150 percent of the management fee per year.
Additionally, the BPL board of directors has appointed Jeff Wallace as the new CEO of BPL, effective immediately. Mr Wallace has more than 35 years of utility experience and over the past 10 years served as the vice president of fuel procurement for Southern Company, where he was responsible for managing $7 billion in fuel procurement, planning and delivery programs for 85 power plants.
“I look forward to meeting the team at BPL and working towards creating a world-class utility delivering highly-reliable, low-cost power to the Bahamian people and fostering a culture of excellence at BPL that allows our employees to grow professionally and contribute to a thriving workplace,” Wallace said.
PowerSecure International, Inc. is a leading provider of utility and energy technologies to electric utilities, and their industrial, institutional and commercial customers. PowerSecure provides products and services in the areas of Interactive Distributed Generation® (IDG®), solar energy, energy efficiency and utility infrastructure.
The company is a pioneer in developing IDG® power systems with sophisticated smart grid capabilities, including the ability to 1) forecast electricity demand and electronically deploy the systems to deliver more efficient, and environmentally friendly, power at peak power times, 2) provide utilities with dedicated electric power generation capacity to utilize for demand response purposes and 3) provide customers with the most dependable standby power in the industry. Its proprietary distributed generation system designs utilize a range of technologies to deliver power, including renewables.
The company’s energy efficiency products and services include energy efficient lighting solutions that utilize LED technologies to improve lighting quality, and the design, installation and maintenance of energy conservation measures which we offer, primarily as a subcontractor, to large energy service company providers, called ESCOs, for the benefit of commercial, industrial and institutional customers as end users and directly to retailers.
PowerSecure also provides electric utilities with transmission and distribution infrastructure maintenance and construction services, and engineering and regulatory consulting services. Additional information is available at www.powersecure.com.