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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  • 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
Agency: Govt. Electrical Inspectorate

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).
21 calendar days TTD 1,550
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
Agency: Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission

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.
14 calendar days TTD 0
3 Receive site visit from T&TEC Engineer/Consumer Investigator and await conditions of supply letter
Agency: Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission

Once an application is received, the utility carries out a survey to confirm that the requested capacity can be supplied. After the survey is completed, T&TEC issues a Conditions of Supply letter informing the electrical contractor of the availability or non-availability of the capacity required, terms and conditions, connection costs and whether capital works would be required. The Conditions of Supply letter from T&TEC also outlines the type of connection required along with other requirements to be met by the contractor before the connection is made, such as, the various inspections approvals and proof of authority to conduct business on behalf of the owner of the building. 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. However, if a capital contribution is required to be paid by the customer, a separate Capital Contribution letter is issued outlining the works and the costs.
5 calendar days TTD 0
4 Pay Service Deposit to T&TEC and await external connection, meter installation, and electricity turned on
Agency: Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission

Customer makes payment of estimated amount at utility offices, and utility conducts all external connection works and meter installation.
21 calendar days TTD 5,250

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