Supply of Electricity
The energy sector is fully privatized and is regulated by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The PUC issues licenses for the generation, while the Belize Electricity Ltd. (BEL) has exclusivity for transmission and distribution.
The national grid utilizes an 115kv transmission line extending from Corozal to Belize City, and onward to San Ignacio. The largest Island, Ambergris Caye, is connected to mainland via a 34.5kv submarine cable. Power supply is distributed at 110V or optional 220V. The five main sources of electricity are:
- Belize Electricity Company Ltd (BECOL), which operates the Chalilo, Mollejon and Vaca Hydroelectric Facilities in Western Belize
- Hydro Maya Limited located in Southern Belize
- Comision Federal de Electricitad (CFE), the Mexican state- owned electricity company
- Belize Cogeneration Energy Limited (Belcogen)
- BEL’s gas turbine unit & diesel fired generators
When applying for connection of electricity, the customer must visit a branch of the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) in person, and bring along his/ her social security card, or valid photo identification. The application fee for new connection is BZ$200.00 (US$100). Installation of the connection will take place within 5 working days.