The Independent Regulatory Commission has announced that the first phase of negotiations for licensing between Dominica’s sole electricity company, DOMLEC and the Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC) has been completed.
However discussion between the two continues.
Speaking at a press conference at its Roseau office Executive Director, Lance Mc Caskey, said that the IRC has just concluded the terms and conditions aspect of the license which have been agreed too with the staff of the Commission.
“The agreed documents will be sent to stakeholders in the electricity sector for their comments. The draft licenses will also be posted on the Commission’s website for those who wish to access them and leave their comments,” he pointed out.
McCaskey said discussions on the new license started with DOMLEC on October 2 on two new licenses for the power company: one for generation and one for transmission, distribution and supply. “Those two new licenses are for the supply of electricity in Dominica beyond the expiry date of their recent license,” he said.
McCaskey also indicated that the IRC has a few “issues” with DOMLEC, namely, confidentiality and transparency. He noted that DOMLEC wanted an integrated license instead of two separate licenses because, according to DOMLEC, it is an ‘integrated company’.
“We also had a problem with confidentiality because the IRC has a mandate to be transparent … the reason for this press conference is transparency … at the time DOMLEC felt that transparency was premature and that we should not put their comments on our website because we had promised to do so…so that the people could have the information,” he claimed.
Public consultations on the draft licenses will be held during the months of January and February 2013 and should be concluded by June, McCaskey said.