On 22 March, the Senate adopted the Law electricity and drinking water BES. The law contributes to an affordable, reliable and sustainable electricity and drinking water on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The law has been prepared jointly by two ministries: the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. The Authority Consumer & Market (ACM) goes together with the Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) to ensure that companies adhere to this law. The law will begin on July 1, 2016.
Role of the relevant ministries
The ministries concerned will grant licenses to companies wishing to produce electricity and drinking water and distribute. The Act also provides the possibility that these ministries subsidy to drinking water and electricity companies. In addition, this law allows the residents of the three islands generate electricity for itself, for example, with solar panels. They may also supply back to the network. They are receiving a small fee.
Role for ACM
As a supervisor ACM will establish tariffs for electricity and drinking water. ACM also is going to ensure that the electricity and water companies use reasonable terms for their clients. ACM has two employees stationed on site to provide supervision shape.
Role for ILT
The ILT is the regulator when it comes to the quality and safety of electricity and drinking water. ILT holds through visits monitoring of these facilities in the Caribbean Netherlands.