DOMLEC expected to review rates

smart meterDominica’s sole electricity supplier, Dominica Electricity Services Ltd (DOMLEC), will be expected to present to the Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC), a timetable for the filing of an application for a rate review, within seven days of the commencement date of its two new licenses.

DOMLEC received the new licenses from the IRC at a handing over ceremony on Monday morning.

The licenses, which are for the generation of electricity in Dominica, and the transmission, distribution and supply of electricity are for 25 years each.

Executive Director of the IRC Lancelot McCaskey stated “DOMLEC is constrained within 7 days of the start of the licenses to advise the commission of the process it will take to have a rate review that must begin not more than nine months after the start of the licenses, which means that if the licenses start on January 1st, then sometime by September, we should begin with a rate review.”

According to McCaskey, there has not been a rate review of DOMLEC since the IRC came into existence in 2007 and he said the commission believes that it is necessary.

The Generation License authorizes and gives DOMLEC the non exclusive right and privilege within Dominica, to generate electricity from all sources, for supply to their network.

On the other hand, the Transmission, Distribution and Supply License gives DOMLEC the exclusive right and privilege to transmit, distribute and supply electricity for sale to the public in Dominica as well as to operate, construct, reconstruct and modify or replace the transmission facilities.

At present, consumers in Dominica are paying approximately $1.16 per kilowatt hour for electricity. This has been proven to be amongst the highest in the Caribbean region.

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19 Comments

  1. John paul
    October 9, 2013

    They pass the fuel charge unto the People then they should pay us for the water they use to generate it

  2. LOL
    October 9, 2013

    The reach already…

  3. Kubuli Kountry
    October 9, 2013

    So which way is the review going to go? Up or Down? That is all I concerned about.

  4. BEB
    October 8, 2013

    I cant see the reason for govt. offering DOMLEC another 25 yrs. license to generate electricity on island, I would like to know when geothermal will be in operation, what is going to happen to those 25 yrs.

  5. Consumer
    October 8, 2013

    The world is focusing on renewable energy, Dominica is blessed with hills and mountains where we can use wind turbine effectively, yet this is not encouraged, We are in the Caribbean where solar energy is readily available for free all we need to do is buy the solar panels, this also have not been explored, in Europe and the developed world renewable energy is encouraged, so much so people producing renewable energy gets paid higher than those produced with fossil fuel, in Dominica we are only offered a PERCENTAGE OF THE FUEL SURCHARGE, yet we claim to have a regulatory commission – Commission my foot just for political and salary sake, just take a good look and see who are he commissioners.

  6. Anonymous
    October 8, 2013

    DOMLEC have to understand is not everybody that making 1000 a moth that is to much greed.

  7. lolopop
    October 8, 2013

    yes review rates review rates man now all you looking to review rates .election coming dammmm boohooe!!!!!

  8. John paul
    October 8, 2013

    So which way is this rate review going ? Up or down?
    We are already paying the highest rate in the region

  9. kunoo mounoo
    October 8, 2013

    all my bills are reasonable and i can handle them but domlec,no no no this one kills me and my budget every month

  10. say sar mem
    October 8, 2013

    its about time.light bill too high.they overcharging us and boast of millions in profits at the end of the year.smfh

  11. Ras
    October 8, 2013

    Highest in the Caribbean while we getting paid the lowest. SMH SKeritttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

  12. help us father jah
    October 8, 2013

    comments disabled. wonder why

  13. Alexy
    October 8, 2013

    I hope upon review, the electricity rate in Dominica will be reduced. This is just ridiculous, we are paying too much for electricity in Dominica.

  14. October 8, 2013

    Electricity companies take advantage of customers especially if they are the only source in a particular country. I believe something needs to be done in order for customers to receive a resonable rate since mostly everyone uses electricity.

  15. Dominiquen
    October 8, 2013

    Review Rates higher!!! Really??? :mrgreen:

  16. President
    October 8, 2013

    hmmmm now our a** is grass

  17. Eyesly
    October 8, 2013

    According to Blackmore the country is still faced with high energy costs as consumers are charged at least $1.16 cents per kilowatt hour, making the island amongst the highest in the Caribbean region. What is our government doing to prevent higher rates and higher profits for the company?

  18. dafriend
    October 8, 2013

    With the best will in the world I just simply can’t understand how they can justify $1.16 per kWh. This equates to day light robbery and no doubt they will be looking to hike this even further. But hey, the government just gave them a license to print money and the average men on the road are bleeding to death. Welcome to red Dominica and associated monopolies.

  19. Yezz
    October 8, 2013

    I cannot see DOMLEC reviewing any electricity rate higher than $1.16 per kilowatt hour for the foreseeable future. If they do, then it is for Dominicans to take to the streets in large numbers to prevent this from happening. Even the Minister confesses that we are paying the highest in electricity rates anywhere

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