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Thursday, 28 May 2009

MCC electricity invoice received, finally, but it contains errors

I received my electricity invoice today (28 May 2009) from the Community of Owners of Mazarron Country Club, seemingly issued by the Administrator on 15 May 2009. The invoice covers the period 23 February to 23 April 2009. I have already checked my bank account this morning and observe that it has already been charged with this invoice amount.

When the electricity scheme was first announced we were advised that invoices would be sent to us at least a week before our bank account would be debited, so we could correct any errors before the bank account was charged. Because of the delay in the forwarding of an invoice dated 13 days ago(!) this has not been possible.

Below is the invoice I received this morning, together with an email I sent to both the Community of Owners of Mazarron Country Club and the Administrator in reply:

MCC - Electricity Invoice for the period 23 February to 23 April 2009

Click here to see enlargements of the two documents below.

Click here to see enlargements of the two documents above.

I wrote about this electricity scheme when my meter was first installed (and prior to that I wrote about the electricity supply problems being experienced at MCC as a result of the builder having cut off supplies of 'builder supply' electricity, which created the need for the electricity scheme we must now live with for the forseeable future until mains electricity supply can be fed into MCC by the local utility company).

Since the CoO/Administrator took over organising the supply of generator electricity from the builder, as there was no other way of proceeding given the 'force majeure' with which the builder faced us, it is true that in a way the supply has been somewhat more reliable than in the past, albeit at rather a high monetary cost. This is possibly because the diesel tanks are being kept fuller and the generators seem to be maintained better than in the past, so the equipment is breaking down less frequently. However, and much more seriously, it appears that the electricity utility company, Iberdrola, is declining to start supplying mains electricity from the grid because the trunk cabling within large parts of Mazarron Country Club does not meet the technical specifications they demand - I've written about some of the consequences of this for us whilst electricians attempt to rectify the defects in the cabling here and here. Although I did not write more articles about power cuts, there were in fact numerous cuts over the coming weeks and months whilst the electricians continued to do whatever it was they were doing (and it seemed re-doing it over and over again). However, as I said earlier, at least the generators seemed to be functioning much more regularly without the frequent break-downs of earlier times; one must I suppose be grateful for small mercies!

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