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Not yet time to crucify JPS – Energy Minister

Published:Tuesday | April 19, 2016 | 4:10 PM
Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley says he will be meeting with the JPS in the coming days to work out a plan for how such situations can be avoided in the future.

Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley says the explanations given so far by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) regarding Sunday’s islandwide power outage are plausible and it’s not yet time to crucify the light and power company.

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 of St Andrew.

Wheatley says he received the company’s preliminary report on the outage last night.

He says the preliminary report shows that the moving of the power lines took longer than the scheduled time and peak hour usage by customers caused automatic load shedding.

 

Energy Minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley

Wheatley says he will be meeting with the JPS in the coming days to work out a plan for how such situations can be avoided in the future.

He says the talks will focus on ensuring more stringent planning and execution.

 

Energy Minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley

Wheatley says the expansion of the company’s electricity generation capacity from the new plants being constructed should help to alleviate the problem in the future.