Saba Electric Company is the sole electricity supplier on Saba
Saba Electric Company is the sole electricity supplier on Saba, tasked with providing reliable and cost-effective electricity to a population of 2000 inhabitants.
Electricity pioneer and founder of the Saba Electric Company NV, the late Mr. Elmer Linzey and his team, on Christmas Eve, December 24th, 1970, successfully completed the tedious job of “powering up” Saba. Prior to this date electricity was provided between 6:00pm and 12:00am, so it was lights out at midnight until the next day.
The Saba Electric Company NV was the brainchild of Sabans, Ms. Atthello M. Edwards and her nephews Mr. Elmer Linzey and Mr. Albert Linzey, who in 1962 founded the company. The Saba Electric Company NV was later sold in 1968 to NV GEBE a limited liability company, founded in 1960 and financed on an equal basis by the Federal Government, and the established Dutch electricity power company Overzeese Gas- en Electriciteitsmaatschappij (OGEM), with the purpose to serve St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, and Saba with electricity.
Later the Federal Government purchased the remaining shares of OGEM, and NV GEBE became 100% owned by the Federal Government. It was decided in 2005 that the shares of NV GEBE would be transferred to the island territories of St. Maarten, St Eustatius, and Saba. At that time, the parties could not reach a decision on the division of the shares and a shareholding foundation was incorporated,
until a decision could be reached.
A decision was finally made in October of 2011 on St. Eustatius. A MOU was agreed upon and signed between the former Minister Theo Heyliger of St. Maarten, former Commissioner Chris Johnson of Saba, and the former Commissioner Koos Sneek of St. Eustatius. It was decided that provisions would be made to guarantee each island would have its own electricity company by January 1st, 2014.
The Saba Electric Company NV was brought back into operation as a standalone electric company for Saba. Since then, the company has transitioned into an exemplary energy provider in the region, which its founders would be proud of.
SEC's mission statement:
To comprehensively plan, develop, maintain and operate the electric utility system while nurturing sustainable economic and social development for the citizens of the island territory Saba.
To be service-oriented and professional while taking safety and the environment into account.
While our electricity demand and production remain, more or less, the same, the cost of fuel used to produce electricity is volatile. In order to provide our customers with sustainable and affordable electricity, SEC looks to renewable energy sources to achieve this. With investments already made in solar energy, other sources will be considered in the future to become as independent of fossil fuels as possible.