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JUST IN: OUR orders JPS to immediately halt power cuts to theft-prone communities

Published:Tuesday | May 13, 2014 | 6:14 PM

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has issued a directive compelling the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) to immediately cease its current actions of curtailing electricity to the communities regarded as theft-prone.



The OUR has warned the JPS that failure to comply with the directive will make it liable for prosecution, under Section 9 of the OUR Act.



The OUR says it is of the view that legitimate consumers ought not to have been affected by JPS’ actions.



The OUR's decision followed a meeting between its officials and a JPS team.



The OUR says having considered the information given by the company, it concluded that JPS’ actions amounted to breaches of provisions under the Amended and Restated All-Island Electric Licence, 2011; the JPS’ Standard Terms and Conditions of Service; and the Public Utilities Protection Act, 1984.



Director General of the OUR, Albert Gordon says while he understands that, as part of its loss reduction strategy JPS needs to tackle the problem of electricity theft, paying customers should not be deliberately deprived of reliable and adequate service which JPS is committed to provide in its agreement with these customers.



The OUR says its investigations will continue and JPS has been instructed to provide the OUR with outstanding information by 10:00 am on Wednesday May 14, 2014.



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