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JPS assures customers it is generating enough electricity

Published:Tuesday | April 19, 2016 | 8:22 AM

The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) is seeking to assure that it is generating enough electricity to supply its customers.

Corporate Communications Officer at JPS, Audrey Williams, says there is no cause for concern arising from Sunday’s major blackout.

According to her, the outages were an unusual event, but JPS customers should not be worried.


Corporate Communications Office at JPS, Audrey Williams

Williams says a preliminary report is to be submitting within 24 hours to utility regulator Office of Utilities Regulation and the Energy Minister, who both have asked for a report on the incident.

She says a full report will be submitted to the parties in the next 30 days.

Dozens of JPS customers in several parishes across the island were left in the dark for up to three hours, on Sunday evening.

The JPS has since explained that its preliminary findings have shown that the problem developed as a result of scheduled work on two major power lines to facilitate road widening in the Three Miles area.

The company further says with the lines being unavailable for a longer than expected period, the power system was particularly vulnerable, and subsequently failed as the demand for electricity increased during the peak hours.