Electricity bills to increase this month
Jamaicans are to pay more for electricity this month.
The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says the overall increase will result in residential customers paying an average US$0.21 per kilowatt hour for electricity in June up from US$0.19 in May.
It says this means that the average residential customer using 165 kilowatt hours of electricity for the month, will see a $500 increase in his June bill.
This would move the customer's bill from $3,875 in May to approximately $4,372 this month.
The JPS says the increase is due to a combination of factors including an increase in the cost of the fuel used for electricity generation due to rising oil prices; the impact of the recent increase in the Special Consumption Tax on Heavy Fuel Oil and the continued devaluation of the Jamaican dollar.
But the JPS says despite the increase, this month's bills will be lower than last June's.