Trinidad and Tobago

Getting Electricity in

Trinidad and Tobago

Below is a detailed summary of the procedures, time and cost required for a business to obtain an electricity connection for a newly constructed building in Trinidad and Tobago.

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  • Standardized Company

  • Name of Utility: Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission
  • City: Port of Spain
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Request final internal wiring inspection from the Government Electrical Inspectorate and receive Inspection Certificate of Approval thereafter

Customer/Contractor needs to obtain application form from Inspectorate offices. The Application form is to be completed by the licensed Wireman but signed by the owner/customer. On the same day that the Wireman submits this form, part or all of the costs associated with the inspection must be paid. The date for inspection is given immediately at this point (i.e. on the same day given that payment in part or in full has occurred).
Agency: Govt. Electrical Inspectorate
21 calendar days TTD 1,550.0
2 Submit a request for service to the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) and await site inspection by a Consumer Investigator from T&TEC

Documents to be submitted - Proof of ownership of premises to be connected: e.g. Title, Deed of Assent, Deed of Gift, Deed of Mortgage, Deed of Lease; Service Deposit for each meter. An Inspection Certificate of Approval (available from the Government Electrical Inspectorate – this is the preliminary inspection that the Inspectorate conducts, for newly constructed buildings. The electrical contractor has to submit an application form and fees to the Inspectorate. The Inspectorate then does the inspection and provides certificate of approval). The Registration Certificate of the Company; A Letter from Company authorizing the bearer to sign on its behalf; The Identification of the Signatory: e.g. Identification Card, Passport or Driver's Permit; The Company Seal or rubber stamp.
Once application is received, the utility carries out a survey to confirm that the capacity exists.

Agency: Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission
14 calendar days no charge
3 Receive site visit from T&TEC Engineer/Consumer Investigator and await conditions of supply letter

Once application is received, the utility carries out a survey to confirm that the capacity exists. After survey is carried out TTEC informs the electrical contractor of the availability or non-availability of the capacity required and of the cost involved. IF capacity is not there then the Conditions-of-Supply letter will specify the capital contribution to be made towards increased capacity. The letter from TTEC will also specify other conditions besides the costs that are to be paid before the connection is made. This would include various inspections and other documents showing that the owner of the building has granted authority for the electrical contracting company to undertake the requests on behalf of him. The Condition of Supply letter outlines the type of connection required and the Capital Contribution Cost. According to the Capital Contribution Policy of T&TEC, if the incremental revenue generated (annual revenue x annuity factor of 6.71) is more than the project cost, then the customer is not charged any capital contribution.
Agency: Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission
5 calendar days no charge
4 Pay Service Deposit to T&TEC and await external connection, meter installation, and electricity turned on

Customer makes payment of estimated amount at utility offices, and utility conducts all external connection works and meter installation.
Agency: Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission
21 calendar days TTD 5,250.0

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