The Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC) says it is going ahead with island wide consultations, with or without DOMLEC, to determine what type of license should be granted to the sole electricity company.
Executive Director of the IRC Lancelot McCaskey told a press conference yesterday that the company was ready by June 2010 to engage DOMLEC in negotiations for new licenses for generation and transmission, distribution and supply of electricity.
But he said DOMLEC is dragging its feet on the matter.
“It was recognized that DOMLEC’s license had just over five years to run to expiry on December 2015. The IRC was of the view that prospective investors would have wished to be sure that electricity would have been available to them for a longer term and so DOMLEC was invited to begin negotiations for the insurance of new licenses since they had agreed the license parameters with the IRC during 2009 and 2010. DOMLEC gave their agreement in December 2010,” he said.
Additionally he said in January 2011 draft licenses were sent to DOMLEC for their comments before any engagement in face to face meetings, however the company has not commented to date.
“At one point they said that they were wiling to meet with us to begin the negotiations but then they called saying that their chairman fell ill and they have not said anything after that,” he said.
He said the IRC will not wait on DOMLEC anymore “because we have given them enough time. We plan to begin holding consultations around the country and listen to the stakeholders so we can determine what kind of license to give customers.”