Water and Sewerage Policy and Regulatory Upgrade

The drafting of a National Water and Sewerage Policy and modernization of the legal regulatory framework is being undertaken by The Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning.  Since the commencement of the work in January of this year, the consultant met with several stakeholder groups, including water and sewerage services providers, on Grand Turk and Providenciales.

The main objectives are to:

  1. Ensure the long term availability and sustainability of water supply and the provision of safe water and sewerage services across the islands;
  2. Implementation of measures that contribute to the preservation and sustainability of waterways and coastal waters;
  3. Improve the quality of life and the protection of public health and the environment through effective management , accountability and oversight of service providers;
  4. Modernize the regulatory regime governing the water and sewerage sector across the TCI to improve compliance to established standards.
  5. Recommend the way forward for the Grand Turk Water Undertaking

A draft report has been produced, seeking the input of the general public on the proposed recommendations.  Written representations can be submitted to the email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Draft Report Water and Sewerage Policy and Regulatory Upgrade

 

TOWN HALL MEETING – ENERGY SECTOR LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK REFORM

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning contracted the services of a consultant, the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) to assist with reforming the legislative and regulatory framework governing the Turks and Caicos Islands energy sector. Work on the amendment of the Electricity Ordinance and the improvement of the regulatory framework which initially began with Castalia Strategic Advisors in 2012, charting a Roadmap for Improving the Regulatory Framework for the Electricity Sector in the TCI; recommenced in October 2015, with the retention of RAP as the consultant.  During the course of the consultancy, meetings were held with FortisTCI, the TCHTA, the Chambers of Commerce, and members of the Renewable Energy Association.  The process now seeks further input from the wider public to ensure all issues are considered and adequately addressed.

A Draft Report with proposed recommendations is attached for public review, and feedback to ensure, the views of all of the stakeholders are taken into account, to ensure changes going forward are quite relevant, appropriate and applicable to our local context.

Written responses can be sent to the email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

Among a number of deliverables, RAP was tasked with reviewing and modernizing the Electricity Ordinance and designing a regulatory framework for the energy sector consistent with policy objectives to:  

1. Protect the interests of consumers, investors and the public.

2. Ensure and promote healthy and sustainable development of the electricity sector and the economy as a whole.

3. Facilitate the promotion and introduction of renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind and other viable technologies; thereby reducing dependency on fossil fuels, consistent with government policies.

4. The promotion of energy efficiency initiatives, projects and programmes to reduce energy demand and costs.

5. Establish effective measures for the implementation and monitoring of service level standards.

The Energy & Utilities Department invites members of the public on Grand Turk to a town hall meeting on Wednesday 25 May, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Anglican Dillon Hall.  Information on other town hall meetings will be provided at a later date. For further information or questions, please contact the Energy and Utilities Department, Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 649-338-3514/3504.

We look forward to your participation in this important undertaking.

DRAFT REPORT TCI ENERGY SECTOR REFORM

RBC LOAN TO FUND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

The Ministry of Finance, Trade and Investments (MoFTI) has obtained approval from the House of Assembly to enter into a loan agreement with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) for a $15m loan to assist with funding of the Capital Expenditure 2016/17. The loan is to be drawn down in two equal segments of $7.5m. Each segment shall be repaid in full over $42 months with a variable interest rate of LIBOR plus 1.20% subject to TCIG retaining a credit rating of BBB+.

The Ministry of Finance would like to remind the public that the total Capital Expenditure for 2016/2017 was approved by the House of Assembly during the budget debate in March 2016. A total of $36.5m has been appropriated, of which, $21.5m would be funded from the Consolidated Fund. Some of the projects to be undertaken in the next two fiscal years are:

  1. Road Development of $9.4 million –(including the Light House Road)
  2. Long Bay High School Phase III - $3m
  3. Construction of New Block- Eliza Simon’s Primary - $1.8m
  4. HJ Robinson Rebuilding Works - $2.2m
  5. Police Boats - $2m
  6. Fire Halls for TCI - $1.6m
  7. Blue Hills Master plan and Board Walk - $2.1m
  8. National Physical Development Plan - $1m
  9. Post Office Redevelopment - $1.1m
  10. Community Clinic – Bottle Creek - $1.8m
  11. Wellness Centre Phase II – $1.4m
  12. Bight Fish Fry and Cultural Village - $1.7m
  13. Wheeland Civic & Recreational Centre - $1m
  14. Mental Health Home Phase II - $650,000
  15. Upgrade of Sporting Facilities Centres - $1.6m

“This tranche of $15 million Dollars will allow the Government to invest, in well needed capital infrastructure that will continue to boost the economic growth of the TCIs and improve the standard of living of all residents,” stated Hon. C. Washington Misick, Minister for Finance, Investment and Trade.