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November 17, 2016

AUTHORITY ADVISES CUSTOMERS ON FALSE REPRESENTATIVES PITCHING SERVICES

The Guam Power Authority is advising customers that individuals or companies making claims that they represent GPA for services e.g. energy services, are not authorized or endorsed to represent the Authority in any manner.

“GPA has received calls from concerned customers regarding individuals/companies claiming to represent GPA either for energy efficient products or solar photovoltaic services,” stated GPA General Manager, John M. Benavente, P.E, “Customers have been asked to provide account information, copies of bills or even on some instances to enter houseold to survey their energy needs – the Authority is not conducting any such survey nor does it endorse or have any company representing GPA as a partner or service provider.”

There have been previous reports on individuals claiming to represent GPA for collecting on delinquent or disconnected accounts via 800 area code number or by individuals without proper identification or utilizing non official vehicles.

“GPA employees conducting business in the field utilize clearly marked officials and have identification badges,” remarked Benavente, “If you are approached in such a manner from these individuals or companies, do not allow entry onto your property or provide them any information and please contact our hotline phone number @648-3199 or Email:  ia-rps@gpagwa.com

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November 10, 2016

IMPROVED RELIABILITY AT EMERGENCY WATER WELL GENERATORS

The availability and reliability of over 200 standby generators has increased to 95% percent. These generators service Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) water wells, booster pumps & waste water facilities.  It was through Consolidated Commission on Utilities (CCU) Resolution No.: 2015-64 authorizing GPA to operate & maintain all GWA standby generators that the Water Systems Diesel (WSD) Section of the Generations Division and GWA employees initiated efforts to increase the operational effectiveness of these critical infrastructure assets.

“In January, the availability status of these emergency backup generators were 64% operational,” stated GPA General Manager John M. Benavente, P.E., “With investments into new generators, fuel tanks and miscellaneous equipment, the WSD Section reports that standby generator availability is at 95% - this is a significant improvement over the past 10 months.”

“This effort came after a brief period of evaluation and coordination with GWA whose commitment to this endeavor included $500k for generator upgrades and repairs – much of this work, which include new generators, automatic transfer switches and larger fuel tanks, will be installed over the next few months and at that time will bring availability up to about 100%,” remarked Benavente, The synergy between GWA and GPA and their excellent working relationship is the main reason of their success.; this is important to provide continuity of operations during storms or typhoons.”


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November 4, 2016

PUC APPROVES NEW LED STREETLIGHT TARIFF

The Guam Power Authority received approval from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of its petition to reduce the existing HPS streetlight tariff to the new LED streetlight tariff an average of 22 percent.

“We pleased with this latest order from the PUC,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., GPA General Manager, “Existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlight system were the most efficient type of its time, but new LED streetlights today are much more efficient which provides GPA the opportunity to invest in a new system which reduces cost . . . there are approximately 10,360 HPS lights remaining to be changed over to the more efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology out of a total of 16,000 streetlights installed islandwide.”

As of September 2016, a total of 5,675 LED replacements or change-outs have been completed. GPA estimates approximately $5 million to change out the remaining public and private streetlights from HPS to LED with the program’s expected completion to be within one to two years.

“The decrease in fixture prices is effective 1 November 2016 for public & private streetlights while providing an opportunity to fund the program internally. Original estimate was around $15M, however, funding required today is about $5M,” remarked Benavente, “The planned source of funding is the line extension and internal CIP with annual maintenance costs to drop by about 80% saving nearly $400K per year. The reduced tariff provides the Department of Public Works the opportunity to add additional streetlights in the villages by working alongside each village Mayor.”


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November 1, 2016

NEW BUCKET TRUCKS ADDED TO UTILITY FLEET

The Guam Power Authority will add three (3) new 55’ bucket trucks to its existing fleet of 27 bucket trucks to be immediately utilized for preventive maintenance work throughout GPA’s transmission & distribution system island-wide; the new bucket trucks are the latest additions to GPA’s fleet of 27 bucket trucks since 2006.  Of the 27 existing bucket trucks, 21 are operational with the remaining 6 are scheduled for salvage for FY17.

“These new bucket trucks are capable of reaching upwards of 55 feet and cost approximately $209,362.00k each; each will be assigned to an overhead line crew to continue ongoing preventive maintenance (PM) work out in the field,” stated GPA General Manager John M. Benavente, P.E., “You’ll be seeing these trucks on the road and in the field providing more support to other line crews – with these additions, GPA can engage PMs on other bucket trucks or do more work e.g. outage response, service calls and installing new LED streetlights.”

GPA will be receiving more new bucket trucks early next year – Three (3) 65’ bucket truck.  All together, the total cost of the new bucket trucks are approximately $1,381,086.00 from revenue funds.

“With the move to operate more efficiently, reduce operating expenses and recover revenues, GPA has been able to reinvest ratepayer funds back into assets (bucket trucks) to do maintenance and prepare for the next typhoon,” remarked Benavente, “Our line men apprentices will get plenty of hands on training with our experienced line crews to make sure GPA continues providing electrical services.”
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October 28, 2016

PUC APPROVES PETITION FOR NEW POWER PLANTS

The Guam Power Authority received approval from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) last night during a regular meeting on the Authority’s petition (GPA Docket No. 15-05) for approval of procurement of up to 180 MW of new generation combined cycle units and to proceed with implementation which could see the units being commissioned by end of 2020.

“Last night’s approval sets the stage for GPA to begin the procurement process to bring online up to 180MW of combined cycle generation which will utilize a cleaner source of fuel, comply with USEPA requirements and deliver reliability and efficiency to our power system,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., GPA General Manager, “It also allows GPA to pursue and integrate an additional 120MW of renewable energy resources to meet renewable energy standards for Guam.”

The new combined cycle units will be more efficient than existing baseload units and would result in the consumption of less fuel.  The site of the proposed new generation will be adjacent to the Guam Waterworks Authority Sewage Treatment Plant and would utilize re-use water to augment cooling requirements for power plant operations.

The main driver for the IRP development is the need for GPA baseload generation units to comply with United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) regulations.  Some of the regulations include provisions under the RICE MACT and the EGU MATS rules.

“GPA is well on its path for improving generation reliability with this approval,” remarked Benavente, “With additional work on other units like Dededo Combustion Turbine (CT) 1 & 2 expected to return to service (RTS) in March of 2017, Macheche CT expected to RTS by early November and the major overhaul of our diesel units over the next two years, GPA will be positioned well to provide dependable generation while adding more renewable energy sources to the power grid - I would like to personally express my thanks to the Consolidated Commission on Utilities and PUC for their approval of this monumental decision and thank all the hard working GPA staff for making this achievement a reality.”
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RICE MACT: Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine – Maximum Achievable Control Technology

EGU MATS: Electric Generation Utility – Mercury & Air Toxic Standards

October 26, 2016

Scheduled Local Outage Notice for areas of Chalan Pago

Re:                   Scheduled Local Outage Notice

For Release:    On Receipt

End Date:        3 November 2016 @ 3:00 p.m.

The Guam Power Authority announces that a scheduled local outage notice is issued for the following areas:

Location:  Customers located in Chalan Pago along Quinata Street and other customers in this area.

Date:         Thursday, 3 November 2016

Time:        9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Reason:     Line crews will be performing maintenance work.

Customers utilizing backup generators, please ensure your main breaker is in the open position to ensure the safety to GPA Crews working on the power lines. The outage is necessary as a safety precaution to line crews as work is completed.  Your patience and understanding is most appreciated.


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Scheduled Local Outage Notice for areas of Agana Heights

Re:                   Scheduled Local Outage Notice

For Release:    On Receipt

End Date:        2 November 2016 @ 3:00 p.m.

The Guam Power Authority announces that a scheduled local outage notice is issued for the following areas:

Location:  Customers located in Agana Heights along Taigigao Road and other customers in this area.

Date:         Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Time:        9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Reason:     Line crews will be performing maintenance work.

Customers utilizing backup generators, please ensure your main breaker is in the open position to ensure the safety to GPA Crews working on the power lines. The outage is necessary as a safety precaution to line crews as work is completed.  Your patience and understanding is most appreciated.


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Scheduled Local Outage Notice for areas of Chalan Pago

Re:                   Scheduled Local Outage Notice

For Release:    On Receipt

End Date:        1 November 2016 @ 3:00 p.m.

The Guam Power Authority announces that a scheduled local outage notice is issued for the following areas:

Location:  Customers located in Chalan Pago along Kongga Road and other customers in this area.

Date:         Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Time:        9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Reason:     Line crews will be performing maintenance work.

Customers utilizing backup generators, please ensure your main breaker is in the open position to ensure the safety to GPA Crews working on the power lines. The outage is necessary as a safety precaution to line crews as work is completed.  Your patience and understanding is most appreciated.


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Scheduled Local Outage Notice for areas of Chalan Pago

Re:                  Scheduled Local Outage Notice

For Release:    On Receipt

End Date:        1 November 2016 @ 3:00 p.m.

The Guam Power Authority announces that a scheduled local outage notice is issued for the following areas:

Location:  Customers located in Chalan Pago along Daso Road and other customers in this area.

Date:         Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Time:        9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Reason:     Line crews will be performing maintenance work.

Customers utilizing backup generators, please ensure your main breaker is in the open position to ensure the safety to GPA Crews working on the power lines. The outage is necessary as a safety precaution to line crews as work is completed.  Your patience and understanding is most appreciated.


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October 19, 2016

GPA SEEKS REDUCTION IN STREETLIGHT TARIFF

The Guam Power Authority is proposing to reduce the streetlight tariff an average of 22 percent if the petition is approved by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).  The Authority began making public presentations on its intent to lower rates in Hagåtña last night at the PUC Public Hearing Room in the GCIC Building, tonight at the Dededo Senior Citizens Community Center and the Agat Mayor’s Office on Thursday evening.  All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.

“The existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlight system were the most efficient type of its time, but new LED streetlights today are much more efficient which provides GPA the opportunity to invest in a new system which reduces cost,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., GPA General Manager, “There are 16,000 streetlights installed on Guam and approximately 10,360 HPS lights remain to be changed over to the more efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology.”

As of September 2016, a total of 5,675 LED replacements or change-outs have been completed. GPA estimates approximately $5 million to change out the remaining public and private streetlights from HPS to LED with the program’s expected completion to be within one to two years.

“The decrease in fixture prices provides an opportunity to fund the program internally. Original estimate was around $15M, however, funding required today is about $5M,” remarked Benavente, “The planned source of funding is the line extension and internal CIP with annual maintenance costs to drop by about 80% saving nearly $400K per year. The reduced tariff provides DPA the opportunity to add additional streetlights to increase lighting in the villages island wide.”

August 11, 2016

GPA Net Metering Report

Link to the Net Metering presentation from August 12, 2016, is online at
GPA NET METERING SLIDE PRESENTATION (8/12/16)




Or copy this address into your browser
http://guampowerauthority.com/special/GPA_NET_METERING_SLIDES_160811.pdf

July 15, 2016

INSTALLATION OF CABRAS ONE TRANSFORMER BEGINS


The Guam Power Authority has begun the installation of a new replacement transformer for the Cabras No. 1 Transformer.  The original transformer was damaged during Typhoon Dolphin in 2015, which limited this steam baseload power plant to a little over half its generating capacity.  Cabras No. 1 is rated to produce 66 megawatts (MW) and is currently operating at 42 MW since May of last year.   Two transformers from Dededo had to be transported and installed to keep the unit online – these transformers have been returned to the Dededo Power Plant for use once that facility is rehabilitated.

“This replacement transformer will raise the output of Cabras No. 1 by another 24 megawatts and increase our generation reserves,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., General Manager, “GPA expects this work to be completed within a couple of weeks as we head into the mid-summer months.  Additionally, we are moving forward with our generation capacity plans to increase generation reserves by the end of the year.”


The Island Wide Power System (IWPS) was at a vulnerable state, lacking adequate generation reserve capacity to support the outage of a large generation unit, as such, the IWPS was susceptible to under frequency outages.  GPA was also recently determined eligible to file a claim for FEMA reimbursement for incurred costs associated with the replacement transformer amounting approximately to $1M.

June 27, 2016

GPA Summer Interns on board

GPA welcomes aboard eight returning students to work with the Authority’s Summer Engineering Internship Program.  The internship program provides college engineering students an opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the Guam Power Authority working alongside engineering professionals gaining hands on experience.


GPA Summer Engineering Interns Pictured (L-R):  Standing: James D. Cuenca with Strategic Planning & Operation Research Division (SPORD); Christian N.A. Chargualaf with SPORD) and William J. Mafnas with Planning & Regulatory.  Seated (L-R): Justin J. Javelosa with SPORD: Kayleena V. Blas with Engineering; Raina M.A. Duenas with Engineering and Kylan D. Fabila with Information Technology Division.  Not pictured is Rebecca R. Rupley.

“This is the eleventh year for the GPA Engineering Summer Internship Program – a total of 83 interns have gone through the program since its inception in 2004,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., General Manager, “Some of GPA’s engineers were interns themselves during their college years –- this is a great program for Guam’s Engineering students studying at UOG and at off-island universities to learn more about the roles and importance of engineers in operating the power utility.”


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June 6, 2016

ONLINE PAYMENT BACK IN SERVICE FOR RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS

The Guam Power Authority’s Ebill/Epay online payment system is operational effective today, Monday, 6 June 2016.  The Authority’s online payment portal has completed its transition to a new vendor during which online payment services were affected since April 2016.

“We are excited to make this announcement to our residential customers,” stated Mercy A.F. Castro, Utility Services Administrator, “Online paying customers will notice that more features are made available via the new site most especially with those customers with multiple accounts – we encourage all our residential customers to register their electric utility account to avoid long lines, save time and gas by making payments via our safe and secure web portal.”

Existing and new customers will need to register initially on the new www.paygpa.com website to gain access to the service. Once registered, users will have full access to the site to include online payments, management of multiple accounts, current and previous billing/payment review, send inquiries to GPA, view historical power usage and manage account details.

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June 2, 2016

GPA WELCOMES TWO MORE PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS


The Guam Power Authority announces the certification of two engineers achieving the designation of “Professional Engineer” or P.E. in their respective field of discipline.  Mr. Louis C. Camacho, P.E., Engineer III with the Distribution Section of Engineering and Ms. Kristy C. Carreon, P.E., Engineer II with the Substation/Transmission Section of Engineering.

“Our congratulations to these two young engineers for achieving the designation of professional engineer,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E. General Manager, “Their achievement highlights the level of expertise within the Authority and our commitment towards recruiting the best in their respective fields.”

Mr. Camacho has been employed with the Authority since 2009and has been working on reducing the Authority’s line losses and power quality over the past year.  Ms. Carreon has been employed with GPA since 2011 and has worked on the new transmission line that connected the Agrekko power units in Yigo to the Island Wide Power System and is currently working on coordinating the change out of existing breakers to new breakers at substation island wide.   Both are electrical engineers.

“With the addition of Mr. Camacho and Ms. Carreon to our growing list of professional engineers here at GPA – these fine professionals bring our total P.E. on staff to 13,” remarked Benavente, “We’re continuously laying the foundation for GPA to have technical expertise on staff for the years to come.”


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May 11, 2016

GPA ANNOUNCES SUMMER ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

GPA is accepting applications for the upcoming GPA Engineering Summer Internship Program until May 31, 2016.  The internship program provides college engineering students an opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the Guam Power Authority working alongside engineering professionals gaining hands on experience.

“This is the eleventh year for the GPA Engineering Summer Internship Program,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., General Manager, “Some of GPA’s engineers were interns at GPA during their college years –- this is a great program for Guam’s Engineering students studying at UOG and at off-island universities to learn more about the roles and importance of engineers in operating the power utility.”

“Applicants can visit our website for more information and to download an application or they can contact GPA’s Human Resources Division at 648-3130,” remarked Benavente, “Graduate engineers can look forward to professional career opportunities at GPA – we are always looking for the best.”
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April 25, 2016

GPA HONORED WITH NATIONAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SAFETY PRACTICES

The Guam Power Authority has earned the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2015.  The utility earned third place award in the category for utilities with 250,000 to 999,999 – Group “F” worker-hours of annual worker exposure.  Aaron Haderle, chair of the APPA Safety Committee and Superintendent of T&D Operations at Kissimmee Utility Authority, presented the award during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Safety is and always will be our industry’s top priority,” said Haderle. “Each of these utilities should be proud of the work they’ve done to make public power communities across the country safer.”

More than 250 utilities entered the annual Safety Awards, which is among the highest number of entrants in the history of the program.  Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2015.  The incidence rate, used to judge entries, is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2015, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“We at the Guam Power Authority are proud of the service we provide to our customers,” said Kenneth Gutierrez, Safety Administrator, “But above all else, we are proud of our safety record—proud that we do everything we can to send our people home to their families each and every night.”


The Safety Awards have been held annually for the last 56 years.  APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state- owned electric utilities.

“Representative from APPA Safety Awards of Excellence winner Kenneth Gutierrez - Safety Administrator with the Guam Power Authority (center) is pictured with Aaron Haderle, chair of the APPA Safety Committee and Supervisor at Kissimmee Utility Authority (L) and Mike Hyland, APPA Senior Vice President of Engineering Services (R).”

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GPA HONORED WITH SOLAR INDUSTRY RECOGNITION FOR ADDING WATTS OF SOLAR PER CUSTOMER

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) recognized the Guam Power Authority as one of the top ten electric utilities that added the most watts of solar power per customer in 2015. SEPA, formerly known as the Solar Electric Power Association, unveiled the results of its annual utility solar market survey during SEPA’s annual solar conference in Denver, Colorado.

SEPA is an educational non-profit association providing a trusted platform for education, research and collaboration to help its members deploy and integrate solar, storage, demand response, and other distributed energy resources into the grid, while meeting societal demand for efficient and reliable electric power. SEPA currently has over 1,000 members representing the whole spectrum of industry stakeholders consisting of electric utilities, Independent System Operators (ISO), large energy users, and energy-related corporate and non-profits. SEPA’s electric utility members include multi-state investor-owned utility (IOU) giants like Duke Power and Exelon as well as small electric cooperatives such as Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC).

“This is great news for the Authority and its customers and we are grateful for the recognition,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E., General Manager, “This recognition highlights our (GPA) efforts to align with trends in the electric utility industry with the inclusion of renewable energy technologies.”

GPA ranked fifth amongst the top ten “watts per customer” with private and public power utilities Nationwide whom are members of SEPA that include such electric utilities as Kauai Island Utility Cooperative and Maui Electric.

“With the inclusion of NRG’s Dandan Solar Farm to the Island Wide Power System, net metering customers, our future plans with the U.S. Navy on their property for more solar energy and our upcoming Phase II renewable energy bids, GPA is well poised to further expand our renewable energy portfolio,” remarked Benavente, “GPA is well on its way towards meeting the renewable energy goal(s) outlined in Public Law 29-62 with eight percent net electricity goals by December 31, 2020.” 



Pictured (L-R):  Consolidated Commission on Utilities (CCU) Commissioner J. George Bamba; CCU Commissioner Francis E. Santos; John J. Cruz, P.E. Manager, Strategic Planning and Operations Research Division (SPORD); Julia Hamm, SEPA President and Chief Executive Officer;  John M. Benavente, P.E. Guam Power Authority General Manager and CCU Commissioner Simon A. Sanchez, II.
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April 5, 2016

Reallocation of Pay Grade Assignment for Electric Power Systems Dispatcher II Position

The Guam Power Authority (GPA) petitions the Consolidated Commission on Utilities (CCU) the following:

Reallocation of Pay Grade Assignment and Pay Policy Amendment for the Electric Power System Dispatcher II position

For more information, please visit the Guam Power Authority website at www.guampowerauthority.com or you may contact the Human Resources Division at 648-3031.

To view the petition  and staff report on the subject matter, please follow this link: http://guampowerauthority.com/gpa_authority/careers/gpa_petitions.php

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March 9, 2016

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR WIND TURBINE PROJECT

The Guam Power Authority will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1000hrs this Friday (11 March 2016) to commemorate the official completion of the Cotal Pilot Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) Project.  An US Department of Interior, Office of Insular Affairs Grant amounting to $2.1 MM funded the installation of a single 275kW wind turbine and its grid interconnection.  GPA announced the project bid June 2014 and project was completed construction in early 2016.

GPA sited the WTG project at the Cotal region (Cross Island Road) of Yona on a lot under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Parks & Recreation,” stated John Benavente, GPA General Manager, “Today, this project is producing wind generated power which could serve as much as 50 residential homes.”

This pilot project has provided GPA with experience in the design, operation, maintenance and grid interconnection of wind turbines. GPA will continue to learn from this project as it operates and maintains the WTG. Additionally, GPA has opened opportunities with local educational institutions to developing a technical trades curriculum to support WTG technology on Guam and regionally.

“As the renewable energy industry grows on our island, GPA envisions this pilot project will demonstrate renewable technology viability on Guam to support a transition from oil to jobs,” stated Benavente, “This in turn will aid in improving our economy and the island quality of life for residents and businesses on Guam.”

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January 11, 2016

FRAUDULENT REPRESENTATIVE CALLING FOR POWER PAYMENTS

The Guam Power Authority is advising customers that it has received notices from two commercial customers that a fraudulent caller is attempting to collect on power bills via an 800 number.

“The fraudulent caller claims to be a GPA Customer Service Representative attempting to collect on outstanding power bills to avoid immediate disconnection of service,” stated Mercy A.F. Castro, Utility Service Administrator, “The call originates from off island via an 800 number – GPA does not utilize any such call prefix nor do our call center operators call on the weekends - GPA only calls customers to advise them of their delinquency and to make payments thru the regular channels; these payments can only be received via phone by the customer calling through our Pay by Phone Center.”

All customers are advised to not provide personal or account information to these individuals or organizations attempting to gain financial account information over the phone.  Customers may also report these incidents to the GPA Internal Audit Office hotline at 648-3199 or email at ia-rps@gpagwa.com.

“When making payment to GPA via our Call Center during operating hours from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. through local numbers,” remarked Castro, “GPA does not collect over the phone payments via an 800 number or payments in the field – customers should report these incidents to the proper authorities immediately.


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January 6, 2016

Tentative Outage Schedule 6 January 2016

At this time with the loss of Cabras I, the Island Wide Power System is short of generation capacity to meet demand for electricity.  As such the Guam Power Authority announces the following tentative outage schedule as needed and is subject to change depending on demand for power:

1800hrs to 1900hrs

  1. Part of Casimiru St., Agana Springs, Route 4 from Agana Spring Ln. to Santa Cruz area; Maimai Rd. from Route 4 to Blas Street including DOC and Paradise Meadows & traffic intersection;
  2. Mongmong, along Sgt. Roy T. Damian Jr St. & W. Obrien Dr., Agana Pool, Bank Of Guam, Agana Shopping Center, Sinajana Village Underground area, Pay Less Supper Market, Chn Canton Tutujan, Pale Kieran Hickey Dr., Avenida Herman De Leon & Chalan Guma Yu'os including traffic intersection;
  3. Mongmong, along Sgt. Roy T. Damian Jr St., Biang St, Manibusan St., Casimiru St., former Manglona's Market, J.Q. San Miguel Sch., Harvest Baptist School, Mobil gas station to Cars Plus including traffic intersection;
  4. Route 4A from San Miguel and Jose P Cruz intersection to Route 4; South on Route 4 to Bear Rock including Notre Dame, Layon and customers in the surrounding areas;
  5. Talofofo Village, Ipan, customers along Route 17 from Route 4A to Route 4; and East side customers on Route 4A from Route 17 to Talofofo Substation & traffic intersection;
  6. Along Harmon Loop Road, Compares' Mall, Mc Donald's, Hamburger Rd., Tumon Village, Star Bldg. Eva Bldg., St. John School, East West Rental, Carlos Heights, Two Lover's Point, GWA treatment plant, AT&T Communication, Tanguisson beach, Wendy's Marine Corps Drive including traffic intersection;
  7. Along Harmon Loop Rd., Guam Sports Complex, Liguan Elementary Sch., Chalan Henry Kaiser, Guam Bakery, Sateena Mall; 
  1. Along W. O' Brien Dr., Anigua Napa, Anigua Circle K gas sta., U.S. District Court, KFC, Julale Shopping Center, GCIC Bldg., Agana Treatment Plant, U.S. Post Office, Agana Latte Stone Park; including traffic intersection;
  2. Along W. O' Brien Dr. & Chalan Obispo, Bishop House, Agana Heights Village, Gov't House,  Cliff Hotel, Agana Heights Catholic Church & elementary school;
  3. Along Pulantat Rd., As Sulo Rd., Balajadia Rd., along Rte.4, MU Lujan Elementary School, Seven Day Market towards  Saint Fidelis Friary location;
  4. Along Rte.10A, Micronesia Hospitality Inc., Home Depot towards Oceanic Lumber, old airport terminal, new cargo bldg. to W. Sunset Boulevard, Talo Verde area towards JFK High School;
  5. Along Rte. 15 from Gloria B. Nelson Public Service Bldg. to Route 10 Intersection. Terao St.,Corten Torres St, Ladera Towers, GCC, GW, and Washington Dr. to include Nelson area;
  6. Along Rte.15 to Carnation Ave., Adacao Rd., Adacao Elementary Sch., Latte Heights area, Latte Plantation, Villagomez area, Macheche Ave., Alegeta St., Las Palmas, Magof Rd., Kalamasa Dr., Villa Del Rosario Condos, Dededo Mall, KFC, American Groceries;
  7.  North on Route 1 and Route 9 to Potts Junction to include everything northbound on the left side. To include the Mataguac and Chalan Machanaonao areas including traffic intersection;
  8. South on Route 1 from the Japanese Memorial to Ace Hardware southbound to the right side of the road; including traffic intersection;
  9. Route 1 from the Front Gate of Andersen to Yigo Payless on the East side of Route 1. Includes Gayinero Rd., Route 15 and everything in between including traffic intersection;

1900hrs to 2000hrs

  1. Transpacific Communication, Casa De Isa, Pacific Plaza to Gun Beach, Guam Plaza Hotel, Tarza Water Park to PIA Resort;
  2. Along Marine Dr., Summer Gardens, Guam Towers to Triple J Used Car Lot including traffic intersection;
  3. Along Rte.17, Chalan J. Kindo, Vicente Borja Dr., Felix Dydasco St., Henry Simpson area to bus shelter by Bishop A.S. Apuron St.;
  4. Along Marine Dr., Triple J Motors, DPW, Blue Lattice Condos towards East West Complex;
  5. Along Marine Dr., Summer Gardens, Guam Towers to Triple J Used Car Lot. Cushing Zoo, Fujita Rd. & Tun Santos St.;
  6. Happy Landing Road, Tumon Sands, Tumon Holiday Manor, Dusit Thani, Hyatt Regency Hotel; including traffic intersection; Outrigger, Hard Rock Café location, Westin Resort, SandCastle & Reef Hotel;
  7. San Vitores Road, cliffside from Royal Orchid to Sunflower Villa;
  8. Rte.4A, Talofofo Golf Course to intersection of Rte.17, Windward Hills Golf Resort, Our Lady of Peace to bus station by Bishop A.S. Apuron St.;
  1. Along West O' Brien Dr., Superior Court, Academy of our Lady School, Chamorro Village, Bank of Hawaii, Martyr St., Nieves Flores Library to Mongmong, Chamorro Garden Apts.;
  2. Along Rte.10A, Fort Juan Muna-Army, along Rte.16, Saint Paul School, Shell Gas Station, Harmon Napa, Taitano Rd. to American Dialysis Center including traffic intersection;
  3. Along Rte.10A, fuel tank farm, Circle K Gas Staion, along Rte.16, Bello Rd. to new Mid Pac Warehouse, Department of Revenue & Tax, North Sabana Dr., Barrigada Heights, Saint Dominic's, Bong Market, South Sabana Dr. to Commercial Tire Depot including traffic intersection;
  4. Route 4 from Umatac to Bear Rock location;
  5. Route 2 from Umatac Village before Pagachao Subdivision;
  6. Perezville, former Shell Gas HQ and LBJ School;
  7. Hilton Hotel area and Ypao Beach;
  8. Marine Dr. DOE Maintenance Bldg., GFD, GSA, Reyes Middle School, Nimitz Hill Estates, Turner Dr., Pangelinan area, Cabras Lagoon, Port Beach, Matson container yard towards entrance to Polaris Point;
  9.  Along Marine Dr., Piti Village, Assumption Dr., Roberto Dr. to War in the Pacific Park;
  10. Dededo Sunny Whole Sale, GWA compound, Municipal Golf Course, Batulo Rd., along Ysengsong Rd., Swamp Rd., Stampa Rd., Chalan Palauan, Machanao to Astumbo area;

2000hrs to 2100hrs

  1. GWA pump back of Harmon Substation, Loro st., Okkudo High School NCS side of Swamp Rd., Astumbo Garden, Ysengsong Rd. towards Rte.3 to Potts Junction;
  2. Dededo Village along Marine Corps Dr., Ysengsong Rd., Kaiser area, Santa Barbara Ave., San Antonio Ave., Lada Ave., Salisbury St., Santa Monica Ave. to new GPD precinct and GFD station including traffic intersection;
  3. Along Marine Dr., Batulu Rd., Chalan Langet, Ypaopao Est., Paradise Est., Wusstig Road to Chalan Kaskahu; including traffic intersection;
  4. Atkins Kroll, Pick A Nail Rd., Denny's, Ypao Rd., Mamis St., Tumon Hights, Ironwood Heights, Century Plaza;
  5. Along Marine Drive, Tamuning Post Office, Fire Station, Bank of Hawaii, Alupang Beach Club, Citibank to intersection of Rte.1 & 8;
  6. Hafa Adai Complex, Chalan San Antonio, Shell Gas, American Color Printing, Tamuning Elementary School, along Fahrenholt Ave., Oka Pay Less, Jones Town to GMH, Guam Greyhound, former Duty Free HQ; including traffic intersection;
  7. Along Chalan San Antonio, Guam Premium Outlet, Cost-U-Less, Dungca Dr., W. Espirito St. to Tun Teodoro Dungca St.; including traffic intersection;
  8. Route 10 west side of road towards the Barrigada Substation to the intersection of Route 10 & 15, both sides of road up to Oriental Kitchen to include University Dr., UOG area, Payless Market and Mariano Rd. including traffic intersection; 
  1. Route 10 East Side of road towards the Barrigada substation to the intersection of Rte. 10 & Rte. 15 to include Dairy Road towards Teresita Lane;
  2. Barrigada Village, Mayor's Office, along Rte.8 by Golden Sea Restaurant, Tiyan, Dept of Ed Admin Bldg, San Vicente  School, Leyang Rd., Tun White Rd., Chaple Rd., Toto Canada Rd., Sun Inn Hotel  including traffic intersection;
  3. GPA substation to Circle K Gas Station, Radio Barrigada, Tiyan, US Post Office to Commercial Tire Depot in Barrigada Heights including traffic intersection;
  4. Along Rte.8, Smile Store, Fu Fong Apts., Calvos Compound, Bay View Church, First Hawaiian Bank, Chamorro Garden Apts., Plumeria Hotel to Ada Business Complex including traffic intersection;
  5. Along Harmon Loop Rd., GWA Pump across DPR Sport Complex, Harmon Loop Motel, Iglesia Ni Cristo Church, Micronesia Mall, Fatima St., Liguan Terrace area to Fatima Mobil Gas Station;
  6. Along S. O' Brien Drive, Bradley Place, Marine Corps Dr., Siam Restaurant, Mark's Hardware, Adelup Complex, Halsey Dr., Maina Village, Angoco area, Asan Village to War in the Pacific Park including traffic intersection;
  7.  Along Chn Teleforo, Yona Fire station, Yona Village, Saint Francis Church, Mobil Gas station, Yona Low Rent Housing, Pago Bay Estate, Chalan Inda area, along Rte.10, Tai Rd., Father Duenas  School, Mangilao Public Health to Oriental Restaurant including traffic intersection;
  8. Route 15 from Marbo Cave location to Hawaiian Rock Products including  Mangilao Golf Course;
  9.  Along Marine Dr., Batulu Rd., Chalan Langet, Ypaopao Est., Paradise Est., Wusstig Road to Chalan Kaskahu; including traffic intersection;

2100hrs to 2200hrs

  1. V.D. Lizama, to G.S. Borja Dr., Southern High Sch., along Rte.2A, Apra Mobil, former GORCO site, Taco Bell, Sablan Elem. School, Erskin Dr., Finile Dr., Umang Dr., Agat Pier to Pagachao Subdivision area including traffic intersection;
  2. Along Sumay Memorial Dr. & Pale Ferdinand Way., Harry Truman Sch., Santa Rosa Subd., Santa Rita Mayor's Office, intersection of Chalan Obispo Olano &  Rte. 2A.;
  3. Part of Casimiru St., Agana Springs, Route 4 from Agana Spring Ln. to Santa Cruz area; Maimai Rd. from Route 4 to Blas Street including DOC and Paradise Meadows & traffic intersection;
  4. Mongmong, along Sgt. Roy T. Damian Jr St. & W. Obrien Dr., Agana Pool, Bank Of Guam, Agana Shopping Center, Sinajana Village Underground area, Pay Less Supper Market, Chn Canton Tutujan, Pale Kieran Hickey Dr., Avenida Herman De Leon & Chalan Guma Yu'os including traffic intersection;
  5. Mongmong, along Sgt. Roy T. Damian Jr St., Biang St, Manibusan St., Casimiru St., former Manglona's Market, J.Q. San Miguel Sch., Harvest Baptist School, Mobil gas station to Cars Plus including traffic intersection;
  1. Route 4A from San Miguel and Jose P Cruz intersection to Route 4; South on Route 4 to Bear Rock including Notre Dame, Layon and customers in the surrounding areas;
  2. Talofofo Village, Ipan, customers along Route 17 from Route 4A to Route 4; and East side customers on Route 4A from Route 17 to Talofofo Substation & traffic intersection;
  3. Along Harmon Loop Road, Compares' Mall, Mc Donald's, Hamburger Rd., Tumon Village, Star Bldg. Eva Bldg., St. John School, East West Rental, Carlos Heights, Two Lover's Point, GWA treatment plant, AT&T Communication, Tanguisson beach, Wendy's Marine Corps Drive including traffic intersection;
  4. Along Harmon Loop Rd., Guam Sports Complex, Liguan Elementary Sch., Chalan Henry Kaiser, Guam Bakery, Sateena Mall;
  5.  Along W. O' Brien Dr., Anigua Napa, Anigua Circle K gas sta., U.S. District Court, KFC, Julale Shopping Center, GCIC Bldg., Agana Treatment Plant, U.S. Post Office, Agana Latte Stone Park; including traffic intersection;
  6. Along W. O' Brien Dr. & Chalan Obispo, Bishop House, Agana Heights Village, Gov't House,  Cliff Hotel, Agana Heights Catholic Church & elementary school;
  7. Along Pulantat Rd., As Sulo Rd., Balajadia Rd., along Rte.4, MU Lujan Elementary School, Seven Day Market towards  Saint Fidelis Friary location;
  8. Along Rte.10A, Micronesia Hospitality Inc., Home Depot towards Oceanic Lumber, old airport terminal, new cargo bldg. to W. Sunset Boulevard, Talo Verde area towards JFK High School;
  9. Along Rte. 15 from Gloria B. Nelson Public Service Bldg. to Route 10 Intersection. Terao St.,Corten Torres St, Ladera Towers, GCC, GW, and Washington Dr. to include Nelson area;
  10. Along Rte.15 to Carnation Ave., Adacao Rd., Adacao Elementary Sch., Latte Heights area, Latte Plantation, Villagomez area, Macheche Ave., Alegeta St., Las Palmas, Magof Rd., Kalamasa Dr., Villa Del Rosario Condos, Dededo Mall, KFC, American Groceries;
  11.  North on Route 1 and Route 9 to Potts Junction to include everything northbound on the left side.  To include the Mataguac and Chalan Machanaonao areas including traffic intersection;
  12. South on Route 1 from the Japanese Memorial to Ace Hardware southbound to the right side of the road; including traffic intersection;
  13. Route 1 from the Front Gate of Andersen to Yigo Payless on the East side of Route 1. Includes Gayinero Rd., Route 15 and everything in between including traffic intersection;
  14. Route 4 from Umatac to Bear Rock location;
  15. Dededo Sunny Whole Sale, GWA compound, Municipal Golf Course, Batulo Rd., along Ysengsong Rd., Swamp Rd., Stampa Rd., Chalan Palauan, Machanao to Astumbo area;


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January 4, 2016

DEDEDO INDOOR SUBSTATION RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY THIS WEEK

The official ribbon cutting/dedication ceremony for the Dededo Indoor Substation project is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, the 7th of January 2016 at the Dededo Substation Compound fronting Route 1, Marine Corps Drive in Dededo.  The completion of the project represents a $5M investment into the Island Wide Power System to improve power quality and reliability.

“The Dededo Indoor Substation project complete and is ready to serve the growing needs for power to Northern residents and commercial customers,” stated John M.Benavente, P.E. General Manager, “You can see the various subdivisions and retail commercial centers opening in Dededo and Yigo – GPA will be ready to serve these growing load centers.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the Dededo Substation fronting Route 1, Marine Corp Drive in Dededo.  Ceremony is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.

“The upgrade of the existing Dededo transformer and enclosing the breakers and bus work in indoor gear within a concrete building enabling GPA to meet existing and future demand,” remarked Benavente, “Additionally, the existing transformer is vintage 1976 and has surpassed its expected normal 20 to 30 year life span – with the upgrade and new equipment, GPA can actually realize savings in maintenance and reliability costs.”
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November 30, 2015

ENERGY SENSE REBATE BEGINS TOMORROW

Customers purchasing energy efficient appliances beginning tomorrow, 1 December 2015, can apply for cash rebates with the submittal of completed application(s) for qualified appliance models from local vendors.  Energy Sense is the name of the program approved by Public Utilities Commission and the Consolidated Commission on Utilities that provides for direct cash incentives for qualified energy efficient air conditioners, washers and dryers.

“Residential customers seeking to purchase new air conditioners, washer and dryers are encouraged to participate in this rebate program” stated Mercy A.F. Castro, Utility Service Administrator, “Ask your appliance vendor if they have available energy efficient models that qualify for our Energy Sense Rebate; if the model is qualified, the vendor should be able to fill out the application for you.”

Completed applications must be submitted to GPA Customer Services within 120 days for processing of the application for the cash rebate.  If the qualified appliance does not replace an existing unqualified model appliance; no certification of disposal is required.  If the qualified model appliance does replace an existing unqualified model appliance, then certification from a licensed recycler or from Guam Solid Waste Authority is needed to accompany the application for processing

“Energy Sense is a great program for our residential customers to use qualified energy efficient air conditioners, washers and dryers to help reduce their monthly power usage,” remarked Castro, “Residential customers will be receiving a mailer within the post boxes this week to learn more about the program; customers can also give GPA Customer Services a call at 647-57/8/9 for more information as well.” 

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November 25, 2015

GPA CUSTOMER SERVICE TO REMAIN OPEN ON FRIDAY

During a regular meeting of the Consolidated Commission on Utilities (CCU) meeting last night, Commissioners authorized the recognition of Friday, 27 November 2015 as a Holiday for GPA employees.

“The Authority will have our Customer Service Divisions open to service the needs of our ratepayers,” stated GPA General Manager John M. Benavente, P.E., “Customer Services would be able to process and post utility payments, receive applications for service and other related services.”

Customer Service Business Office locations at the Hagåtña Satellite Office in the Julale Shopping Center, the GWA Upper Tumon Office and the Gloria B. Nelson Public Service Building in Fadian, Mangilao will be open.


“Normal business hours will commence the following week on Monday, 30 November 2015,” remarked Benavente, “Happy Thanksgiving to our ratepayers, employees and their families”

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October 16, 2015

CONSOLIDATED COMMISSION ON UTILITIES (CCU) MAKES SELECTION FOR CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF G

Mr. John Kim was selected to become the permanent Chief Financial Officer of the Guam Power Authority.

“Out of all the candidates who were considered and interviewed, we believe that John is the best qualified,” Joseph “Joey” Duenas, Chairman of the CCU said.  “John has demonstrated achievement in many different capacities in the private sector.  We have great confidence in John’s ability to continue to move the Authority forward in a positive and focused direction,” Duenas added.

For more information about please contact Chairman Duenas at jtduenas@hotmail.com  or call: 686-1512

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