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JPS targets reduction in electricity theft

Published: Thursday January 17, 2013 | 11:19 am with audio | Comments 0
JPS building in New Kingston -File.
JPS building in New Kingston -File.

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is warning persons who continue to steal electricity that it will be getting more serious about the offence this year.

The company's Corporate Communications Officer, Audrey Williams, said during the course of this year, a more targeted approach to reducing electricity theft will be adopted.

Last year, JPS crews removed 98,000 illegal lines from the Company’s infrastructure and also targeted more Corporate Area inner city communities for the installation of the Residential Advanced Meter Infrastructure programme.

According to Williams, 62 persons were also arrested and charged for the illegal abstraction of electricity, or for trespassing on the works of JPS.

The Company said it ended last year, with a 15 per cent loss of electricity despite spending about US$30 million each year to combat theft.

Wiliams said while the Company is taking a multi-faceted approach in its ongoing effort to deal with the problem of theft, it is also seriously pursuing ways in which the cost of electricity to the consumer can be reduced to a satisfactory level.

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Corporate Communications Officer at the JPS, Audrey Williams.
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