Muin­tir: PSO Levy un­fair to com­mu­nity groups and clubs

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Cork County Muin­tir na Tíre

The pub­lic ser­vice obli­ga­tion (PSO) levy is a charge re­lat­ing to the costs of pur­chas­ing peat-gen­er­ated elec­tric­ity and the out­put of re­new­able, sus­tain­able or al­ter­na­tive forms of en­ergy pur­chased un­der var­i­ous Gov­ern­ment schemes.

All elec­tric­ity sup­pli­ers are obliged by the Gov­ern­ment to ap­ply these charges in the in­ter­ests of se­cu­rity of sup­ply and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

It’s set by the Com­mis­sion for Reg­u­la­tion of Util­i­ties (CRU). The Pub­lic Ser­vice Obli­ga­tion (PSO) levy for Do­mes­tic elec­tric­ity has been set at €3.95 (inc. Vat) / €3.48 (ex. Vat) per month from Oc­to­ber 1, 2018.

The amount of PSO you pay for your busi­ness premises is based on your max­i­mum im­port ca­pac­ity (MIC).

The cur­rent PSO levy rates for busi­nesses from Oc­to­ber 1, 2018 to Septem­ber 30, 2019 are:

PSO where MIC < 30kVA = €11.97 per month

PSO where MIC => 30kVA = €1.32 per kVA per month

The amount of PSO you pay for your com­mu­nity hall sports hall is charged at the same rates as busi­ness cus­tomers and is based on your MIC.

Take a look at the bill above. This is a bill re­ceived by a West Cork com­mu­nity coun­cil for the small com­mu­nity hall they man­age in their lo­cal vil­lage. In this hall, they pro­vide com­mu­nity ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties for their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The elec­tric­ity cost came to €43.37 but the to­tal bill was €162.11 The stand­ing charge was €57.57 and the PSO Levy came to €53.10. Vat was added to the elec­tric­ity charges, stand­ing charges and P SO levy at €19.92.

We in Muin­tir na Tíre think it is grossly un­fair that a small com­mu­nity group should have to pay the same rate as a small com­mer­cial en­tity. All the money raised by fundrais­ing, do­na­tions, and users of the hall goes back to the Gov­ern­ment in charges and Vat. How can you treat a com­mu­nity that pro­vides meals-on­wheels, older peo­ples clubs, youth clubs etc in the same way you treat a small busi­ness?

We are calling on the Min­is­ter for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­vi­ron­ment, Richard Bru­ton, and Seán Can­ney, Min­is­ter of State for Ru­ral Af­fairs and Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Com­mis­sion for Reg­u­la­tion of Util­i­ties to scrap the PSO on com­mu­nity groups or con­sider in­tro­duc­ing a low rate for com­mu­nity groups and sports clubs.

Bill re­ceived by a West Cork Com­mu­nity Coun­cil for the com­mu­nity hall.

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