Higher electricity bills coming

Increases in electricity bills are very likely in the wake of increased fuel prices globally, the Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC) has said.

The rise in fuel prices are a result of unrest in the Middle East and North Africa that neither the IRC nor Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC) has control over.

“Fuel prices seem to be going up daily at this time so there’s every likelihood that there’ll be increases in the fuel surcharge on customers’ bills. We have no control over that, DOMLEC has no control over that,” the IRC’s Executive Director Lancelot McCaskey said at a press conference Thursday.

The IRC will consider closely the increases that may result on electricity bills “to ensure that what increases are put to the bill are increases that should be put there”.

“We’re going to continue to look at the information that we are provided with from DOMLEC to make sure that we agree with the information before we approve any increase in the fuel surcharge,” McCaskey expounded.

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  1. block 44
    March 25, 2011

    sorry dominicans this has nothing to do with the goverment we in the virgin islands has been ask to pay $40.00 extra on our light bill to cover the fuel charge and we have a refinery on island.soon we all may have to go back to the beer bottle,and karocine better know as captain buzzi :mrgreen:

  2. A a
    March 25, 2011

    :oops: And I have a free loading sister in law, her child and her man in a house they not even helping to pay bills. Well the man will have to go and get a place for he and his woman. Because i cannot afford to pay an increase in light for them……. :oops:

    • nit
      March 25, 2011


    • ma ma
      March 27, 2011

      A hotel you have man? I find you have time and money to entertain these people and they not helping pay the bills…………………………………..

  3. Petro Caribe reducing your Bills
    March 25, 2011

    Dominicans have been FOOLED AGAIN. Just the other day, many Dominicans were jubilant in support of Govt.’s announcement that Electricity bills would be reduced as a result of Petro Caribe. Many as well argued that the installation of Petro Caribe was to sell fuel for Venezuela, firstly, but not to reduce electricity bills, since it was OPEC which set the world prices for oil. Those people who expressed concerns were ridiculed and dismissed as those geared towards opposing everything Govt. did Today Dominicans are faced with increase after increase for electricity, gasolene, diesel.

    Since Petro Caribe began operations how much money does Dominica owe to Venezuela? Shouldn’t the Dominican people know? The chicken has come home to ROOST. Those who could put their hands deep in their pockets will pay. Those unemployed, poor Dominicans will complain, but will also have to get the money to pay the increases.

    WHAT A HOAX !!!! Petro Caribe would cause a decrease in electricity bills? FOOLED AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN !!! As the popular saying goes, “You never miss the water ’till the well runs dry.” Dominicans must be crying for CAHUR (Committee Against High Utility Rates) now. PAY YOUR HIGH ELECTRICITY BILLS. Just like the big, short-lived hue and cry when MARPIN increased its bill by $20.00, so Dominicans will react but will rush to pay their new increase in their electricity bills. Dominicans LIKE IT SO. DOMLEC will come under fire, but not those who misinformed the Dominican Public about cheaper rates due to Petro Caribe operations in Dominica.

  4. warma
    March 25, 2011

    Why is there not leadership in Dominica that forces Domlec too move in the direction of more sustainable energy development? Yearsssss now they keep talking about our hydro potential, geothermal potential, very little is being done. We are blessed with an abundance of water, just what is needed to generate hydro electricity, yet Domlec is sitting on the same old antiquated equipment that produces the same output. Why haven’t they purchased higher capacity turbines to meet the needs of the country? We’re supposed to be an eco-minded country, yet we continue to depend on fossil fuels for our energy needs when we don’t have to. I guess its much easier for them to buy a generator or 2 and continue to rip off the Dominican public because they must buy the electricity. This government must force Domlec to serve the people of Dominica.

  5. Up already
    March 25, 2011

    But the price of electricity up already! This month my bill is already up by $11 for the same number of units consumed!

  6. d/can
    March 25, 2011

    dats d next level

  7. Dominican in the BVI
    March 25, 2011

    so what about the reserved that you all have, it ran off already, or you all just looking for a way out to jack up the bill.

    March 25, 2011

    The govt. should consider removing the 15% VAT on the electricity bill at this time.

    • Hugo Grotius
      March 25, 2011

      They cannot dem fellas too greedy, a 27 million dollar palace is more important.

  9. Anonymous
    March 25, 2011

    Why is Daddy Shavez not saving us? I thought Petro Caribe was there to help stabilize such inflation in gas prices…..

  10. Anonymous
    March 25, 2011

    Dr. Aaron what is your take on that in light of our “Partnership for Energy” Drive down to Jimmit and read the billboard again, then we expect to hear from you soon after.

  11. negre Mawon
    March 25, 2011

    Price increase ENCORE!! Thank God I’m up there in Morne au Diable free from all the modern conveniences that uses up electricity. i’ll keep to my Bois defe, my natuaral sunlight and my moonlight at night to meet my needs. I really sorry for you all guys on the Modern Plantation.

    • LawieBawie
      March 25, 2011

      I feel pity for you my friend because I happen to know that in Dominica we experience more moonless nights than moonfilled nights.

    • marv
      March 25, 2011

      Did’n you use electricity to get on the internet.

    • bcv
      March 25, 2011

      and how u posting? it have wifi up dere man? lol

    • Happiness Ka Fan Cho Mwen!
      March 25, 2011

      Where did get a computer to post this? Or even if U had a smart phone where did u charge it?

      March 25, 2011

      You’re commenting, which means you have a computer, which means it is powered by electricity.
      Shouldn’t you be sending this message by smoke screen or pigeon post.

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