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CUC’s priority: infrastructure modernization

MODERNIZATION of infrastructure, including the installation of a large-scale, solar-power system and automated metering, is the direction the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. management wants the new board to consider, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho.

“We are trying to create a modern utility system for our community,” he said, adding that CUC has just launched a web-based prepay program using Nighthawk electric meters.

CUC, he added, also aims to utilize solar power to reduce dependency on fossil fuel.

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In addition, Camacho said management would like to get the board’s full support for professional development and training of personnel.

“We continue to implement our training program so our linemen can be certified through an accredited U.S. Department of Labor training agency,” he added.

It is important to upgrade the skills of CUC staff, he said.

With the ongoing recovery of the local economy, CUC must make good decisions and should be aggressive in addressing the demands on its system, he added.

As of Dec. 5, CUC had a reserve capacity 14.6 megawatts.

At Power Plant 1, which is designed to produce 81.2 megawatts, only 40 MW are available from five of its eight diesel engines that are online.

Only 4 MW are available at Power Plant 2 since only two of its three engines are in operation while Power Plant 4 produces 9.1 MW from five of its eight engines.

PP2 is designed to produce 7.5 MW while PP4’s ideal power production is 14.3 MW.

Camacho said the average years of service of each of their diesel generator is 25, adding that some of the engines are undergoing repair and maintenance.

CUC is producing a total of 53.1 MW on Saipan, 18 MW on Tinian and 9 MW on Rota.