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JPSCo, illegal connections, gigantic rates

Published:Thursday | September 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM


The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) is certainly not doing enough to investigate the enormous illegal connections which exist throughout the country. This illegality is scandalous, disgraceful and reprehensible, to say the least.

It is a well-known fact that within the parish of St James there are huge numbers of illegal connections spanning the 17 inner-city communities, and it is imperative that the company takes steps to have the situation comprehensively investigated and thereafter have those thousands of illegal connections removed, prosecute the persons responsible, and let them face the full force of the law. Why is the JPSCo procrastinating in this regard?

The JPSCo must also proceed to purchase and have installed the most cost-efficient, effective and modern electricity generation turbines and retire the old inefficient ones which are causing the company to be charging customers such immense electricity bills each month.

Just listen daily to the radio talk shows where customers complain bitterly about the excessive, high and huge bills which they are receiving each month and which seem to be getting worse on annual basis. The incontrovertible fact is that Jamaica has the highest electricity rates within the Caribbean and this should be of much concern for the minister of energy, Phillip Paulwell. What precise steps is the minister taking to reduce those gargantuan rates within the country, which are preventing many foreign investors from investing their capital in this country and at the same time causing some local businesses to be closing down operations. This situation warrants the informed attention of Minister Paulwell forthwith, and I fervently implore him to act in this regard expeditiously, judiciously and forthrightly. He needs to begin to fearlessly promote various alternative energy sources in terms of wind, solar and nuclear energy within the country, as a form of national country energy policy, and also encourage other companies to come to Jamaica and offer for sale to the JPSCo and to private customers energy which is produced by them. Let us have competition in terms of electricity production in this country.



Montego Bay