Changes proposed to tariff regime for DOMLEC ahead of electricity rate review

The Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC) has proposed new rules and changes to procedures for setting and reviewing tariffs for electricity supply.

The IRC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for stakeholder feedback, which describes its general approach to amending the “Tariff Regime for Dominica Electricity Services Ltd (DOMLEC). The IRC may issue an NPRM when it intends to amend rules or place a position in its Decision Documents, and request public comment on its proposals. The current NPRM has proposed guidelines that will resolve preliminary tasks that should be performed
before DOMLEC issues its Notice of Intent to File for new electricity rates.

DOMLEC is required to submit its tariff proposals to the IRC, as part of the general procedures for the review of electricity rates. The Commission’s argument is that the 60-day period, as stated in the Electricity Supply Act of 2006 does not provide sufficient time for the review and approval of DOMLEC’s submission of new rates. The Standard Filing Requirements for the Rate Review Application of the Decision Document must therefore be amended, in a bid to ensure an efficient and effective process towards the determination of new electricity rates and modernization of the tariff structure.

The specific changes being proposed are contained in the NPRM. A notable additional amendment that the IRC has proposed, is to change the tariff review period from three to five years.

The Commission welcomes the participation of all stakeholders of the electricity sector of Dominica, including DOMLEC, and members of the public to express opinions on the NPRM. It can be accessed on the IRC’s website at this link as a downloadable document – ‘Notice of Proposed Rule Making.’ Individuals can submit comments by e-mail, post, or deliver to the IRC’s office by Tuesday, June 21st, 2022. There is also a specific period for respondents to view and comment on non-confidential responses on the IRC’s website.

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  1. Nudibranch
    August 24, 2022

    One would hope (expect really), that with all the noise about our “soon come” geothermal power generating enough surplus to sell…. We could expect a minimal tarriff just like countries like Iceland where the monthly bill pays mainly for maintenance of the system.
    Just a dream really. They’ll probably sell most of it and keep the cost high.
    Notable that our next in line to the throne has a PhD in geothermal technology. Smacks of conflict of interest. What do you think Dr. Henderson?

  2. Monkeys
    June 19, 2022

    Climbing electrical posts still reigning? How about the mechanical buckets which takes you up as high as you need to? You fall from a post, that it. Gone should be the days of climbing.

    • Just Asking
      June 25, 2022

      That’s modern, but how about poles where vehicles can’t reach?

  3. We the People
    June 17, 2022

    ADMIN – June 21s is Tuesday and not Thursday

    ADMIN: This was a release from the IRC, however, thanks for taking the time to point that out.

  4. BMB
    June 17, 2022

    In a nutshell……….electricity going up..! snm

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