Increased rainfall in Dominica has contributed to what DOMLEC says is a reduction in the rate of its fuel surcharge.
DOMLEC’s Public Relations Officer, Adina Bellot-Valentine, said this means that Dominicans will see a drop in their electricity bills.
“For the last few months, we were looking at 40, 49, 42, 44 cents but so far in June we have noticed a 31 cents and July 33 cents, the lowest that we have seen in fuel surcharge since 2009,” she stated. “It is attributed to the rain. For that last two months, we are realizing about 40-44 percent of hydro production. The rain has been helping.”
However, Bellot-Valentine admitted that sometimes there is a drop in the fuel surcharge but gas prices continue to rise.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to disconnect within the two because as the price of oil goes up, we wouldn’t realize the savings that we would have, if we are using diesel. As long as we are using diesel for the generation of fuel, we are going to have a fuel surcharge,” she said.
She also indicated that perhaps “geothermal is the way to go”.
“Government is leaning towards geothermal. There are pros and cons, persons have different opinions where geothermal is concerned but if that’s going to help then that’s probably the way we have to go,” she said.