St Lucians to pay less for electricity

CASTRIES, St.Lucia (CMC) – St Lucians will be paying less for electricity, as a result of a 2.6 cent reduction in the tariff for 2013.

The country’s sole provider, the St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) announced that the basic tariff for electricity has been reduced, starting with bills for February and continuing the remainder of the year.

LUCELEC Manager Trevor Louisy explained that the basic tariff is what LUCELEC customers pay per unit of electricity without the fuel surcharge.

It is reviewed in January of every year in accordance with the Electricity Supply Act and reflects the average price of fuel for the preceding 12 months.

Louisy said the reduction in the basic tariff is a result of the average price of fuel for 2013 being lower than the previous average price LUCELEC paid in 2012.

“These reductions are largely due to a fuel price hedging programme which LUCELEC has had in place for the past five years.

“It is designed to reduce large fluctuations in the fuel surcharge,” he said.

LUCELEC’s Corporate Communications Manager Roger Joseph says what the customer pays from month to month is the total of the basic tariff plus the fuel surcharge (which is calculated each month).

LUCELEC customers will see details of the basic tariff and fuel surcharge on their monthly electricity bills.

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