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Light bills to go up 10% this month

Published:Wednesday | May 14, 2014 | 11:27 AM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has stated that electricity bills for this month will go up by 10 per cent as a result of an increase in the amount the company is paying for oil.

The Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer Kelly Tomblin made the revelation just after the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) ordered the JPS to immediately cease its current actions of curtailing electricity to the communities regarded as theft-prone.

Tomblin told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that Jamaicans do not seem to understand the link between electricity theft and the amount customers are charged on their bills for oil.

She explains that the more electricity that is stolen the higher the bills for legitimate customers.

The OUR has warned the JPS that failure to comply with its directive to restore uninterrupted power to the affected communities 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; the JPS’ Standard Terms and Conditions of Service; and the Public Utilities Protection Act.

Toblin said yesterday that the JPS would be complying with the order from the OUR.

However, Tomblin is warning electricity thieves that the company will find a way to take them off the grid.


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