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Electricity theft committee gets several proposals to help in fight

Published:Monday | May 19, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Junior energy minister Julian Robinson, says a number of proposals have been received to tackle the issue of electricity theft from the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).

Robinson who is also the chairman of the recently established Government-JPS committee on electricity theft declined to disclose the details of the more 30 proposals saying the group is only at a preliminary stage.

However, he indicated that most of the proposals are in keeping with the position of the Government.

The joint Government-JPS committee held its first meeting on Friday and Robinson says the talks were meaningful with another round set for this week.

At a press conference last week Thursday, the JPS stressed that immediate steps have to be taken to tackle the issue of electricity theft.

The JPS has made several proposals including pre-paid metering, a limited subsidised rate for the most vulnerable and the introduction of legislation.

The JPS says the new legislation should strengthen penalties for electricity theft as well as allow for the forfeiture of assets of persons who steal electricity.

The light and power company has faced strong public backlash after it decided to reduce electricity supply to communities where it said more than 70 per cent of people receiving light were not paying for it.

The policy was halted following a cease and desist order by the Office of Utilities Regulations.


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