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JPS installs new technology to reduce power outages

Published:Monday | February 2, 2015 | 2:47 PM

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says its customers are to benefit from reduced outages with the implementation of a new technology.



According to a statement, the distribution automation technology allows faults on distribution main lines to be isolated, while the power is routed around trouble spots, frequently with minimised service disruption to customers.



The company says it has spent more than $65 million on the initiative, which started in 2013.



JPS says 41 switches have been installed in Kingston and St Andrew, Clarendon, St Elizabeth, St Catherine, St James, Hanover and Westmoreland.



The company says by the end of this year, it will be installing another 30 switches across the network.



JPS says the new system could reduce the need for foot patrols and for crews to physically carry out certain repairs.



It also says automation will improve the response to faults from 70 minutes and more, to approximately five minutes.



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