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Emera’s region head quits

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

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Amidst growing worries about skyrocketing electricity bills in Barbados and The Bahamas, the top executive responsible for Emera’s Caribbean operations has quit the Canadian firm.
Wayne Crawley, president and chief executive officer of Emera Caribbean Limited – a holding company of Emera that owns majority stakes in the Barbados Light & Power Company Limited, Grand Bahama Power and St Lucia Electricity Services – has abruptly resigned from the Canadian company.
And Emera Inc., with headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia, isn’t saying anything about the reasons for his departure except to wish him “well in future endeavours”.
Crawley, a chartered accountant, was responsible for business development rather than operations of the utilities in Barbados, The Bahamas and St Lucia, said Sasha Irving, an Emera spokesperson.
His decision to quit has come at a time when Emera and its subsidiaries in The Bahamas and Barbados are being strongly criticized for escalating utility bills that have adversely affected homeowners and businesses.
According to the Chronicle Herald daily paper in Halifax, Emera and Grand Bahama Power were “in the eye of a hurricane in the region, where soaring bills are inflicting hardships on residents and being blamed for driving industry away from the economically depressed island of Grand Bahama”.
When pressed to explain his sudden departure, Crawley – who was an executive of Nova Scotia Power (Emera’s predecessor company) since 1988 and who at one time was a vice-president of corporate development and strategy – simply told the Nova Scotia paper that he was “just spending time with his family”.
Crawley’s duties in the Caribbean have been taken over by Sarah McDonald, president of Grand Bahama Power, and Bob Hanf, executive chairman of Light & Power Holdings, another Emera subsidiary in the Caribbean. Nancy Tower, the Canadian utility’s vice-president of business development, has assumed Crawley’s other corporate responsibilities. (TB)