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What it costs to get an electricity connection around the world

Last updated on: November 8, 2011 13:50 IST

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Getting electricity connection in a new building or a new factory is not an easy task. It not only involves endless runs to the utility company but also completing various procedures.

Let us have a look at how much it costs, how many days it takes and how many procedures one has to fulfill to obtain electricity connection around the world, including India.

Note: The rankings are based on cost.

Cost

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy's income per capita.

All the fees and costs associated with completing the procedures to connect a warehouse to electricity are recorded, including those related to obtaining clearances from government agencies, applying for the connection, receiving inspections of both the site and the internal wiring, purchasing material, getting the actual connection works and paying a security deposit.

Procedure

A procedure is defined as any interaction of the company's employees or its main electrician or electrical engineer (that is, the one who may have done the internal wiring) with external parties such as the electricity distribution utility, electricity supply utilities, government agencies, electrical contractors and electrical firms.

Time

Time is recorded in calendar days. The measure captures the median duration that the electricity utility and experts indicate is necessary in practice, rather than required by law, to complete a procedure with minimum follow-up and no extra payments.

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India

Cost: 216.2 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 7

Time: 67 days

World ranking: 54

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Japan

Cost: 0.00 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 3

Time: 117 days

World ranking: 1

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Hong Kong

Cost: 1.7 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 4

Time: 43 days

World ranking: 2

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Qatar

Cost: 4.1 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 3

Time: 90 days

World ranking: 3

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Norway

Cost: 7.1 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 4

Time: 66 days

World ranking: 4

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Trinidad and Tobago

Cost: 7.9 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 5

Time: 61 days

World ranking: 5

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Australia

Cost: 9.2 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 5

Time: 81 days

World ranking: 6

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Israel

Cost: 12.2 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 6

Time: 132 days

World ranking: 7

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Iceland

Cost: 13.6 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 4

Time: 22 days

World ranking: 8

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The United Arab Emirates

Cost: 14.6 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 4

Time: 55 days

World ranking: 9

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Panama

Cost: 15.4 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 5

Time: 35 days

World ranking: 10

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Uruguay

Cost: 15.9 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 4

Time: 48 days

World ranking: 11

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The United States

Cost: 16.8 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 4

Time: 68 days

World ranking: 12

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Saudi Arabia

Cost: 18.1 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 4

Time: 71 days

World ranking: 13

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Argentina

Cost: 20.4 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 6

Time: 67 days

World ranking: 14

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Sweden

Cost: 20.7 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 3

Time: 52 days

World ranking: 15

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The Netherlands

Cost: 30.7 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 5

Time: 143 days

World ranking: 16

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Singapore

Cost: 31.1 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 4

Time: 36 days

World ranking: 17

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Finland

Cost: 31.7 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 5

Time: 53 days

World ranking: 18

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South Korea

Cost: 38.6 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 4

Time: 49 days

World ranking: 19

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France

Cost: 40.2 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 5

Time: 123 days

World ranking: 20

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Brunei Darussalam

Cost: 42.9 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 5

Time: 56 days

World ranking: 21

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Kuwait

Cost: 48.2 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 7

Time: 42 days

World ranking: 22

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Germany

Cost: 49.9 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 3

Time: 17 days

World ranking: 23

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Taiwan

Cost: 52.4 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 4

Time: 23 days

World ranking: 24

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Portugal

Cost: 54.6 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 5

Time: 64 days

World ranking: 25

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Greece

Cost: 59.2 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 6

Time: 77 days

World ranking: 26

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Oman

Cost: 62.5 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 6

Time: 62 days

World ranking: 27

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Switzerland

Cost: 62.7 per cent of income per capita

Procedures: 3

Time: 39 days

World ranking: 28


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