Muintir: PSO Levy unfair to community groups and clubs
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.