Consultation round proposed Law electricity and drinking water

The proposed law BES electricity and drinking water is currently available for inspection. The proposal describes the regulation of the electricity and drinking water facilities on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Civil servants of the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure and Environment are currently on the islands to hear the opinion of residents and stakeholders about this. This they are doing as part of the so-called consultation round which takes place between August 16th and October 7th , 2013

The purpose of the consultation

The law will affect the drinking water and electricity companies and their clients, including consumers. Therefore, the Ministries find it important to hear their opinion about the proposed law. Information regarding this proposed law and the consultation round can also be found on the website: The proposed law and the explanatory note (memorie van toelichting", are available in Dutch and English.

About what is a reaction requested

Reactions are welcome on all parts of the proposed law and the "memorie van toelichting", especially on the new tariff regulation, in which a capacity tariff will be set. The expected impacts on the bill of the different consumer categories will be examined together with the consultation. Reactions from everyone are welcome.

Purpose of the law

The purpose is the regulation of the electricity and drinking water facilities on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in consideration of a reliable, affordable, sustainable and high quality service that is guaranteed for all consumers. The laws drinking water BES and electricity concessions BES will be absorbed through this proposed law.

Expected impacts

The law enforces tasks, requirements and responsibilities on the electricity and drinking water companies. In so far as they do not conform to this, they will, in time, in consultation with the supervisory body have to conform. An important aspect regards the regulation of tariffs. The tariffs should be based on the underlying costs. For customers, the new tariff regulation stands out the most. The affordability is pursued by a structural subsidy scheme in the law that is of benefit to customers.