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Electricity tariffs on Saba 2017 (Caribbean Netherlands)

12-06-2017

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) sets the tariffs for electricity that consumers and businesses on the island of Saba will pay. These tariffs will take effect on July 1, 2017.

The tariffs that ACM sets are the maximum tariffs that Saba Electric is allowed to charge its 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 kWh that they have used)
  • 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.

When setting these tariffs, ACM took into account the subsidy that the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs offers. The Ministry offers this subsidy to consumers with small connection capacities. These customers thus pay a lower monthly fixed use rate.

Calculation of the distribution tariffs (XLSX, 64kb)