In the locations where showers, laundry facilities or electric charging points are available, you will need to purchase a pre-payment card from the shop.
Card readers attached to the electricity supply or equipment you want to use will generally be branded ‘RAM’ (formerly Ampy). There are some exceptions, notably in London where you will need a ‘Rolec’ card. If you're in doubt about the type of card you want, contact Customer Services, telling them the location of the facility you want to use. And if you're out and about, they will be able to point you in the direction of the nearest supplier for the card you need.
The Canal & River Trust is a re-seller of electricity to boaters (mainly those on our long term mooring sites), and is subject to government regulations set by Ofgem, the electricity regulator. The information on this page is published to comply with these regulations.
The Trust re-sells electricity in two ways:
We comply with Ofgem guidance for both of these. The essence of their instruction is that re-sellers may not mark up the unit price of electricity to make a profit.
We purchase electricity through a national energy broker and currently have a fixed price contract that runs from 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2015.
It is a tariff which varies between different locations, and for different annual consumption levels. Most of the locations where we re-sell electricity to boaters are small sites, meaning annual consumption of less than 100kW. At large sites (e.g. marinas) electricity is sold via individual metered supplies. In these cases the meters are calibrated to the exact tariff that the Trust pays for that site. No climate change levy is passed on to the customer.
How is the price set for electricity supplied via pre-payment cards?
We calculate the price per kW for pre-payment cards as follows:
How is the price of the pre-payment card calculated?
We are entitled to make a reasonable charge for the service of providing the pre-payment facility. The price charged for the card is made up of the following:
Last date edited: 8 July 2015