Wed | May 24, 2017

OUR to give update on net billing review next week

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2015 | 5:26 AM

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) says it will present the findings and recommendations of the review of the Net Billing Programme at a workshop with stakeholders next week.

Net Billing allows customers of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), who own renewable energy generators for producing power for their personal use to sell excess energy to JPS.

However, recently the Jamaica Solar Energy Association complained that many of its members risk incurring millions of dollars in debt because of the abrupt and unexpected suspension of applications for net billing.

In a release yesterday the OUR said it began a review of the pilot programme on January 1 with technical assistance from the United States Agency for International Development.

It says next week’s workshop will provide the opportunity for further discussions on the Programme and for it to present the findings of the review.

The OUR has also informed that it had a meeting with the JPS on Thursday where it advised that after the workshop, a timetable will be prepared and published for the completion of the review.

It says it will also set out a timetable for the recommencement of acceptance of new applications for the pilot programme.

However, the OUR says the resumption of the Net Billing Programme will be informed by the results of the review.

Meanwhile, it says the JPS has committed to continuing to process and interconnect existing applications.

The OUR says as at March 2015, 3 51 applications were received, 311 of which have been granted licences.