Ease in electricity bills
Electricity bills should be ten per cent lower for July. In real terms, the cut means a household that had a $90.10 bill in June for using 150 kilowatt hours, will be billed $84.43 in July for the same usage. Similarly, a household that used 300 kilowatt hours and was billed $182.42 in June, will pay $171.10 this month.
Jackie Marshall-Clarke, the BL&P’s manager communications and government relations, explained the reduction is the result of the fuel clause adjustment (FCA) for July dropping to 28.9062 cents/kWh compared to 32.1180 cents/kWh in June – representing a ten per cent reduction compared to the last month. This is as a result of higher availability and efficiency on base load generators over the last few months.
So customers whose meters read date is between July 1 to July 31 would attract the reduced FCA. Therefore, depending on the billing cycle of their meter, some will get this reduction in this month’s bill while others would get it on the bill they would receive in August.
The FCA is the mechanism for the BL&P to recover the cost of fuel used in the production of electricity. The cost of fuel purchased is recovered and applied equally to all customer groups through the FCA charge. Changes in the FCA are influenced mainly by movements in the purchase price of fuel. (SP)
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