The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) sets the tariffs for electricity that consumers and businesses on the islands of Saba, St Eustatius and Bonaire will pay. These tariffs will take effect on July 1, 2017.
The tariffs that ACM sets are the maximum tariffs the companies are allowed to charge their customers. ACM sets these tariffs in accordance with Act on Electricity and Drinking Water on BES (in Dutch: Wet Elektriciteit en Drinkwater BES). This act came into force on July 1, 2016.
ACM sets the following tariffs:
- The fixed use rate (that is the fixed amount that customers pay each month for the use of the grid)
- The variable use rate (that is the amount that customers pay for each cubic meter of drinking water and for each kWh that they have used)
- The road transportation tariff for drinking water (that is the amount that customers pay per cubic meter of drinking water distributed by truck)
- The connection rate (that is the amount that new customers pay for a new connection)
- The reconnection rate (that is the amount that customers pay if they had been disconnected, and then wish to be reconnected).
The levels of the fixed use rate and the connection rate depend on the connection capacity of the consumer in question. The connection capacity is the size of the connection, and is an indication of the amount of electricity that a customer is capable of consuming. The larger that capacity, the higher the fixed use rate is. The other rates are the same for all consumers.