Published On: Mon, Aug 13th, 2012

Energy Protocol signed on Sunday August 12, 2012

ORANJESTAD — Eight unions, four representatives of employers’ organizations and the business community, time share organization Atsa, pension association Oppa and the government signed the energy protocol yesterday. This protocol especially means that water and electricity will become much cheaper. The agreement is valid up to and including December 31st next year, unless developments of ‘extreme’ nature, for example a worldwide oil crisis arises. In that case a Social Dialogue will be started. This dialogue will be convened within one month if such developments endanger the financial management of utility companies WEB and Elmar to the extent that adjusting the rates is necessary.

The new rates weren’t announced in detail yesterday morning because after three days of negotiating, parties still had to put the agreements in writing. After studying the latter, the parties signed the protocol late in the afternoon. The eight unions are FTA, Seppa (civil servants), Sada (customs), Sinba (fire-brigade), Siwa (personnel WEB), Simar (teachers), UEA (personnel Elmar) and ABV (nursing staff). Atia, SNBA (business community San Nicolas), Chamber of Commerce and Ahata (tourist sector) signed on behalf of the employers.

Water

Based on the current and newly published data it appears that the rate system for water hasn’t changed much. Households consuming less still pay a lower rate. However, the percentages of reductions of the rates agreed in the protocol aren’t the highest for household consuming less water. Up to and including 6 cub water, households pay 4.55 florins per cub. There’s a saving of 16 percent (85 percent per cub) for those consuming 4 to 6 cub water. The next category of households consuming 7 to 12 cub will soon save 17 percent (1.30 florins per cub).

The highest discount of 44 percent lies with the category consuming 13 to 20 cub. Moreover, households needing it the most are in this category, according to the government. This category will pay 8.85 florins per cub less. In the chart, WEB shows that those consuming more water still pay considerably less. For instance, with 35 cubs the customer paid 598.85 florins but as from August this customer will pay 383.55 florins (215.40 florins less). For 50 cubs this amounts to 350 florins less per month.

Also the business community will pay less for water, namely 26 percent, which is 3.30 florins less per cub. That rate of 9.50 florins per cub for companies is by the way less than what households are to pay for over 12 cub of water. The rate for 13 to 20 cubs is namely 11.25 florins per cub, and 15.25 florins per cub for 20 cubs or more. However, the difference in rate for large-scale consumers and companies is less now.
On average the electricity rates for all households will decrease with 10.4 percent as from November. Because the net departs from percentages – just like the water rates – it actually means consumers using 500 to 1000 KWH per month will pay less, namely 40 to 80 florins per month. For that matter, consumers are to pay 10 instead of 5.50 florins standard per month even if the consumption is zero. The rate reduction in percentages is the highest (around 15) for consumers using 250 to 1000 KWH per month. Premier Mike Eman (AVP) stated earlier that the majority of the households whom the government wishes to help (income 2000 florins), consume 500 KWH per month. The rate for this consumption will decrease with 16.1 percent. This means instead of paying 244.95 florins these households will receive a bill of 205.50 florins (39.45 florins less) in December. The reduction is much lower for the business community, namely approximately 6 percent on the rates for small and medium-sized businesses and 1 percent for large-scale consumers.Electricity

As the Amigoe Newspaper reported yesterday, agreements were also made to stimulate the use of energy-saving appliances. The endeavor is to lower the import duties for the latter with 2 percent as from January 1st 2013. Then there’s the agreement to support sports fields and accommodations with ‘lower’ energy prices. ‘Intensive, national awareness campaigns will be launched to make consumers more water- and energy-conscious.

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