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.