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Gov't to turn up the heat on light thieves

Published:Friday | November 21, 2014 | 8:54 AM
Junior Energy Minister Julian Robinson - File

Damion Mitchell, News Editor - Radio & Online

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Junior Energy Minister Julian Robinson says the Government intends to increase the fines and penalties for electricity theft by March next year when the fiscal year ends.

In a letter to the editor to be published on Sunday, Robinson said the Electricity Act will also be amended to broaden the definition of what constitutes electricity theft.

The Jamaica Public Service Company estimates that on average, electricity thieves use three times more power than paying customers.

It is part of the reason Robinson says a critical component of an electricity reduction pilot project will involve public education around energy conservation and use.

The junior minister says the Government is also considering banning the use of incandescent bulbs and to provide incentives to make the purchase of energy efficient alternatives more affordable.

He says recent studies have shown that the replacement of incandescent bulbs can significantly help to reduce energy consumption.

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