Barbados Light and Power Company

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BL&P's (Garrison) head office, Bay Street, St. Michael, Barbados.

The Barbados Light & Power Company Limited (BL&P Co.) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Light & Power Holdings (LPH) and currently the sole electricity utility provider in the country of Barbados. It started operations in 1911 and has three power generation stations: one located along the Spring Garden Highway, a second at The Garrison and a third located at the Sir Grantley Adams International Airport in Seawell. The company claims it has over 100,000 customers. The fuel provided is natural gas and fuel oil.

Power is transmitted at 24 kV, which is then distributed at 11 kV and consumed at 115/200 volts or 115/230 volts (residential), 230/400 volts (commercial), or 11,000–24,900 volts for industry at a frequency of 50 hertz.[1]

Electricity rates in Barbados are claimed to be one of the highest in the Caribbean. However, the company is currently in the process of negotiating a direct undersea pipeline of Natural Gas from Trinidad and Tobago through the Eastern Caribbean Gas Pipeline.

BL&P is also engaged in a long term study of the feasibility of creating a wind farm off the North coast of Saint Lucy.

The Barbados Light & Power Co. is a member of the Saint Lucia based, Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) based in Washington, DC, USA.

The parent company Light & Power Holdings Ltd. is currently listed on the Barbados Stock Exchange (BSE).

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  1. ^ Visiting Barbados FAQ: What is the voltage used?, Invest Barbados

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