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Interior-OIA may fund CUC facilities’ upgrade, Camacho says

OFFICIALS with the U.S. Department of the Interior-Office of Insular Affairs mentioned the possibility of future funding to improve the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s facilities, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.

Gary Camacho

He recently met with Insular Affairs Director Nikolao I. Pula, OIA liaison to the Commonwealth Francisco Taitano, CIP/Compact Impact & EIC grant manager Kyrstina B. Alfano, and Saipan field representative Harry C. Blanco.

The OIA team visited CUC’s facilities “to attain first-hand information on the current state of our infrastructure” in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yutu, Camacho said.

He said they discussed existing projects, particularly those involving CUC’s power generation and power distribution capabilities.

Camacho said he informed the OIA team about the pre-Yutu electric power generation and the post-Yutu data.

Before the typhoon, he said CUC’s average peak load was 41.4 to 41.2 megawatts while its available capacity reached 62.1 megawatts and its reserved capacity was 20.7 megawatts.

After Yutu, he added, the average peak load was 39.8 to 41.8 megawatts while available capacity decreased to 57.1 megawatts with 15.3 megawatts reserved capacity.

But CUC still has the ability to meet current demand, he said.

At the meeting with the OIA team, Camacho said they also discussed existing OIA projects which include the $847,737 LED streetlight efficiency project; the $649,450 pre-pay meter project in 2016; the $622,000 pre-pay meter project in 2013; the $500,000 geothermal resource assessment project; the $1.26 million geothermal resource assessment project; and the $427,000 Kagman waterline project.

Camacho said the OIA team also inquired about Yutu’s impact on the streetlight efficiency project for Saipan, Tinian and Rota.