T&TEC’s Structure And Functions
A Board of Commissioners appointed by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and an Executive Management Team headed by the General Manager are responsible for the management of the Commission.
The Commission recognizes that its success will be very much dependent on the active participation of its entire workforce, especially the leaders in various divisions. The Commission is structured into six functional Divisions: Administration, Engineering, Finance, Human Resources, Transmission and Distribution. An Assistant General Manager (AGM) who reports directly to the General Manager heads each Division. Other Departments reporting directly to the General Manager are Corporate Secretariat (including Legal), Internal Audit, Corporate Support, Corporate Communications and Rates And Regulatory.
The General Manager
The General Manager is responsible and accountable for managing all T&TEC’s operations to ensure that customers are provided with a safe, reliable, high quality electricity supply in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner. He reports to a Board of Commissioners appointed by the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
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The Administration Division co-ordinates and ensures the efficient administration of accounts and transactions relating to the provision of light and power and other services including the fostering of favorable customer relations. It also performs the information technology function and is the procurement centre for electricity components and other inputs. The Division consists of the Commercial, Metering, Information Systems and Supplies Departments.
The Engineering Division is responsible for generation planning, generation interface, transmission and sub-transmission systems planning, systems planning and control, communications systems, and system protection. The Division consists of the Communications, Protection and SCADA, System Planning and Research, Generation Interface and Control Departments.
The Finance Division is responsible for financial planning and management (inclusive of accounting and reporting) of T&TEC’s financial assets. The Division consists of Financial Planning, Financial Reporting, Risk and Insurance Administration, Pension Plan Investment, Payments, Revenue Accounting and Financial Services.
The Human Resources Division is responsible for undertaking human resource planning (manpower and retirement), recruitment and selection, training, evaluation, compensation and industrial relations functions. The Health, Safety and Environment, and Security Departments report to this Division.
The competence of T&TEC’s employees has been maintained and continues to be enhanced by an extensive administrative and technical training programme. It is intended that appropriate managerial and staff expertise, knowledge, and skills will be acquired to meet the challenges ahead.
The Distribution Division is responsible for planning, designing and developing the distribution network at 12,000 volts and below, operating and maintaining the electricity distribution systems and providing customer service. This Division comprises five (5) Distribution Areas (Northern, Southern, Eastern, Central and Tobago), which are managed by Area Managers. The Public Lighting and Distribution Support Departments also fall under the purview of the Distribution Division.
The Transmission Division is responsible for designing, developing, operating and maintaining the transmission and sub-transmission network comprising transmission lines and substations. The Division consists of the following Departments – Transmission Development and Engineering Services, Transmission Operations and Maintenance, Technical Support and Training.
Occupational Safety and Health
Internationally, an increasing number of laws pertaining to the safety and health of the individual in the workplace are being enacted or strengthened. In Trinidad and Tobago an Occupational Safety and Health Act was proclaimed in 2006. T&TEC has already developed a Safety Policy and an Accident Prevention Plan and is in the process of documenting a HSE Management System.
T&TEC shares society’s growing concern over industrial and domestic pollution of the air, water and land, and recognizes its environmental responsibility. T&TEC conducts its business in such a manner as to minimize negative effects on our environment. Fortunately, electricity itself is an inherently non-polluting form of energy; the ready availability of electricity for light and power displaces the use of combustion-based power sources for many everyday applications.
As of 2014 T&TEC served over 450,000 customers with sales of 8,763 GWh. Industrial customers account for approximately 65% of the total energy sales. These industrial customers, ranging from small manufacturing entities to a large 230MW Steel Complex, include many world scale petrochemical plants.
In its ongoing thrust to improve customer service, T&TEC has identified as one of its strategic objectives “to achieve the highest level of customer satisfaction through excellence in customer service”.
In keeping with this thrust, and to make bill payment more convenient for customers, T&TEC has made several options readily available. Payment can be made utilizing any of the following:
- At any of T&TEC’s 14 Service Centres.
- Automated payment through T&TEC’s automated credit card bill lpayment service.
- At commercial banks (ABM/telebanker/Internet and over-the-counter, where available).
- At any of Bill Express’ 60 locations across the country.
- At any Sure Pay’s 14 locations across the country.
Customers who wish to report a problem with their service, can do so 24/7 via 800-BULB (2852) or 800-TTEC (8832).
T&TEC is always exploring new technologies which would improve its efficiency and effectiveness. In this regard, we have implemented an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system which allows us to read customers’ meters remotely. The AMI meters eliminate the need for meter readers to enter customers’ premises, and allows “on demand” readings to facilitate faster resolution of enquiries and account transfers.
AMI also provides the Commission with early detection of defective meters and power outages, when integrated with the Outage Management System to allow for faster restoration times.