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WAPA CEO Elected Chairman of CARILEC

(Wednesday, May 27, 2015)

On Tuesday, May 19, V. I. Water and Power Authority Executive Director, Hugo V. Hodge, Jr. was unanimously elected to serve as chairman of the Caribbean Electric Utilities Service Corporation (CARILEC) for the 2015-2016 term.  At the organization’s Annual General Membership (AGM) meeting, along with discussing the regular business and hearing the Executive Director’s report, board members were elected to replace those whose term had expired.  When all business was completed and the full board established, the AGM was adjourned to allow members of the governing board to convene a meeting for the purpose of electing officers.  Hodge was honored by his nomination and subsequent election as chairman. “Throughout our lives we receive accolades for various reasons, and I appreciate them all,” Hodge said, “but to be recognized in this manner, with the overwhelming confidence your peers -- those who understand and directly relate to the challenges you face daily -- is a humbling experience.” Hodge had been CARILEC’s Vice Chair from 2013 to 2015.

CARILEC, an association of electric utilities, suppliers, manufacturers and other stakeholders operating within the electricity industry throughout the Caribbean, held their 27th annual CEO and Finance Conference,  themed “Reforming the Energy Vision: Utilities in the Spotlight”.

Hodge, who moderated the conference’s first panel discussion, emphasized during panelist introductions that addressing the issues and meeting the ever increasing demand for change in the utility industry is indeed putting Utilities in the Spotlight.  “To understand the role of someone running a utility right now, is to fully understand the role of public service,” said Hodge.  He indicated, and conference attendees were in agreement, that the major issues facing utilities today are lower rates, more efficiency and a cleaner environment.  These issues have been the catalyst behind the trend to implement renewable and alternative energy sources. 

In his first address as board chairman and the final message to attendees at the end of the conference, Hodge pledged a year of great progress for the organization, as the board continues to build on programs that offer member utilities the opportunity to grow and develop as world class energy providers.  He thanked everyone for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and experiences, which undoubtedly help to “Reform the Energy Vision”.  “The relationships formed at these meetings are invaluable,” Hodge said, “and the partnerships developed are cherished for years to come.”

Members of the CARILEC board are: Chairman - Hodge; Vice Chair – Collin Cover, Grenada Electricity Services Ltd.; Peter Williams, Barbados Light and Power; Trevor Louisy, St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd.; Thornley Meyers, St. Vincent Electricity Services, Ltd.; Walter Higgins, Bermuda Electric Light Co.; Eddinton Powell, Fortis TCI Ltd. (Turks & Caicos); Leroy Abraham, BVI Electricity Corp.; Kevin Baisden, Bahamas Electricity Corp.; Jeffrey Locke, Belize Electricity Ltd.; Cartwright Farrell, St. Kitts Electricity Co., Ltd.; Kelly Tomlin, Jamaica Public Services Ltd.; Courtney Mark, Trinidad & Tobago Electricity Commission; Alison Jean – CARILEC Executive Director; Nester Sanchez, Aggreko; and Gianni Moreno, ABB Power Products and Power Systems.