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JPS, clear air on undersize conductors

Published:Tuesday | June 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Could Kelly Tomblin, CEO of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) please explain to me and the people of Jamaica what effect the usage of an undersize conductor has on the monthly reading of a meter. IF the required amperage is greater than the rating of the said conductor.

The Office of Utilities Regulation does not possibly know this, otherwise it would demand for the people of Jamaica that JPS would be compelled to change and replace all undersized wires installed from the pot head to the meter on ALL premises in Jamaica.

On one of my recent visits to Jamaica, in the Montego Bay area, I saw a two-bedroom dwelling in a housing scheme with a MAIN FEED the size of which would be used for a electric stove - No. 10 to No. 6 AWG size.

Consumers are not being informed that whenever they expand their homes, they need to upgrade their main supply to their homes, as the MAIN supply may no longer be adequate to accommodate the addition.

Ms Tomblin, I am an electrician abroad. I am just tired of seeing you holding your hands high up in the air and shouting out that you are not to be blamed.


Warwick, Bermuda