New rates as of January 1st 2020
As of January 1st 2020 a new rate for electricity is applied on Bonaire. This rate is based on the production costs, delivery costs and the connection capacity of consumers. The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) determines cost-covering rates based on the BES Electricity and Drinking Water Act. This means that the ACM calculates how much it is costing WEB and Contour Global (electricity producer) to produce and deliver electricity and drinking water on Bonaire. On this, the new rates are calculated every six months.
For the supply of electricity and drinking water, a fixed usage rate and a variable usage rate apply.
Here you find the new variable rate that is applied from January 1st 2020 for electricity.
The other rates remain unchanged for the time being.
BES electricity and drinking water Act
On 1st July 2016, the BES Electricity and Drinking Water Act entered into force. The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (AMC) has the statutory task of setting maximum rates for electricity and drinking water. There are four different rates: the connection rate, the re-connection rate, the fixed usage rate and the variable usage rate.
In the fixed usage rate the costs that WEB incurs for the network and for the supply of electricity and drinking water are included. The size of your connection capacity determines the level of the fixed usage rate. The larger your connection capacity, the larger the load on the electricity grid. The network costs are higher if you have a large connection capacity, because it charges the network more heavily.
The costs that WEB incurs for the production of electricity and drinking water are included in the variable usage rate. The variable usage rate is the same for everyone: everyone pays the same rate for each kilowatt-hour of electricity and for each cubic meter of drinking water.
Financial health and long-term viability
The new rate structure was introduced in 2018 because the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (AMC) has independently calculated the costs that are necessary for a financially healthy company. This is in the interest of the people of Bonaire, because it means that WEB has sufficient income to maintain and invest in the network and buy or produce electricity or drinking water. On the other hand, the new rates also ensure that WEB is not allowed to charge you more than the maximum (cost-covering) rates calculated by the ACM. The rates of the ACM therefore protect both WEB and you, the consumer.
Explanation of the rate structure for electricity and drinking water
The variable usage rate is the rate you pay for the amount of electricity or drinking water that you use in a month.
The fixed usage rate is the amount you pay per month for the costs of the network, regardless of the amount of electricity or water you use. The fixed usage rate depends on the size of your connection capacity at home or at work. For drinking water nearly all connections have the same connection capacity.
When it comes to electricity, the size of the connection capacity can differ. The larger your connection capacity, the higher your fixed usage rate. In order to determine the connection capacity for electricity, WEB inventoried the connections island-wide in 2017 and informed every consumer by letter about this connection capacity. During the inventory WEB looked at the installed fuses at the various connections. The most common household connections are 1 × 25 Ampère, 3 × 25 Ampère and 3 × 35 Ampère. WEB expects to maintain an equal fixed usage rate for these 3 categories.
For drinking water nearly all connections have the same connection capacity. There are some connections with a larger diameter. These have been inventoried by WEB.
If you want more information about the electricity connection capacity, read on here.
Pagabon and drinking water by truck
If you pay with Pagabon you will not pay a fixed usage rate. That is why the connection capacity of these connections have not been inventoried. You pay a higher variable usage rate in order to support the costs of the network and/or the transport. There is a separate rate for drinking water that is delivered by truck.