‘Pay up’ warning to electricity consumers

‘Pay up’ warning to electricity consumers
Updated 25 October 2014

‘Pay up’ warning to electricity consumers

‘Pay up’ warning to electricity consumers

Electricity consumers face the risk of disconnection if their bills exceeding SR400 remain unpaid. Also, electricity bills will be issued in the names of consumers effective next year.
These regulations come into force by 2015, with the issuance of new amendments to electrical services by the Saudi Electricity and Co-generation Regulatory Authority.
The amendments will require the Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) to link the actual consumption bill to the direct beneficiary of the service, whether they are the owner of the property or a tenant.
The new amendments will also require real estate investors to finalize an agreement with the SEC to deliver electrical services for new schemes in accordance with the number of existing controls, and to establish locations and spaces suitable for power distribution units.
Investors will be required, at their own expense, to supply and implement medium voltage distribution substations within the boundaries of the planned scheme in accordance with specifications determined by the SEC, and under the supervision of a certified contractor.
The SEC will be required to cover all installation, supply, operation, distribution and maintenance expenses if the scheme comes within the established urban boundaries and grid.
Investors must cover the cost of creating an electricity line if the scheme lies outside the current urban boundaries and established infrastructure.
The amendments also set new tasks for the SEC to deliver electrical services to all villages, towns and housing complexes, provided this has been approved by the Ministry of Interior and costs are within the annual approved budget.
For households with individuals who are dependent on electricity sources, such as those whose lives depend on medical devices requiring ongoing electrical power, the amendments allow to company to cut off service for non-payment purposes only by a judge’s order, who can issue a decision upon reviewing the case.
Finally, the amendments divide tariffs for consumption of electrical power into five categories: residential, factories, trade, industrial and agricultural.
Yet the electricity company has been warned against cutting of power from hospitals, vaccine warehouses, blood banks, pumping and water stations, major telecommunication and operations centers, emergency rooms, airports and prisons.