May 8, 2021

NASA’s shape-shifting plane wings pass initial flight tests

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By Andrew Tarantola From engadget After six months and 22 flights at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, NASA has announced the successful completion of testing for its morphing airplane wing design. Known as Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) flight control surfaces, they replace a plane’s conventional, rigid flaps with a flexible composite […]

Cayman Islands Ministry Of Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure establishment of the “Utility Regulation and Competition Office”

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In the next sitting of the Legislative Assembly in October new legislation will be considered to establish a multi-sector regulatory agency to be known as the Utility Regulation and Competition Office. URCO which will assume the responsibilities and functions currently carried out by Information Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) and the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA). It […]

Cayman Islands Ministry of Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure Establisment Of The “Utility Regulation And Competition Office”

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The Cabinet decided to enact new legislation to establish a multi-sector regulatory agency to be known as the Utility Regulation and Competition Office (URCO) which will assume the responsibilities and functions currently carried out by Information Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) and the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA). Cabinet has also decided that URCO will assume the […]

Caribbean Electric Ray will not be listed as Threatened or Endangered

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Notice of 12-month finding on a petition to list the Caribbean Electric Ray as Threatened or Endangered From Ocean Leadership We, NMFS, announce a 12-month finding and listing determination on a petition to list the Caribbean electric ray (Narcine bancroftii) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). (From The Federal Register)– We […]

Cayman Islands utility company announces a “marginal” rate increase

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CUC Base Rate Adjustment – Effective June 1, 2016 The Board of the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) has approved a Base Rate adjustment for Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. (CUC) in accordance with the Rate Cap Adjustment Mechanism (RCAM) mandated by CUC’s Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Licence issued in April 2008. Customers will see an increase in the energy […]

The Editor Speaks: Solar power – a first small step

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I am a little surprised at some of the hoopla regarding the new 5 megawatt (MW) solar project that broke ground last Monday (9) in Bodden Town. 5 megawatts is small but a small step in the right direction is better than a large step in the wrong one. It has taken a long time […]

Cayman Islands utility company and government regulatory authority provide additional CORE generation

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The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) and Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. (CUC) have completed additional revisions to the Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) programme which has been in place since February 2011. CUC and the ERA have agreed to an additional 2 Megawatts (MW) of available CORE capacity effective May 1st 2016. With this revision to the programme, […]

The Editor Speaks: Renewable energy? Pie in the sky?

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Whilst most of the Caribbean is actually going ahead with renewable energy, nearly all being solar power, we in the Cayman Islands will be stuck for another 25 years with diesel. Oh yes. I do know and have heard what has been said regarding renewable energy here. Cayman Islands Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) Managing Director, […]

Cayman Islands reports progress on energy bid

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The Cayman Islands’ Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) will soon wrap up the bidding process to select a solution to Grand Cayman’s need for new firm generating capacity. ERA Managing Director Charles Farrington says the final choice will be announced at month-end. This will be followed by the successful bidder’s preparations for the additional generation – […]

Fuel Price Volatility Management Programme

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From ERA Background Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. (CUC) generates approximately 99.99% of its electricity for Grand Cayman by consuming No. 2 Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) in its diesel generator sets. CUC consumes a large volume of No. 2 ULSD annually. In 2011, CUC consumed approximately 32 million imperial gallons to generate 606 million kilowatt-hours […]