OUR wants feedback to JPS application for rate increase

May 22, 2020
Customers of the Jamaica Public Service Company gather outside its Ruthven Road, Kingston offices on, March 23.
Customers of the Jamaica Public Service Company gather outside its Ruthven Road, Kingston offices on, March 23.

Members of the public are being invited to give feedback to an application from the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) for a rate increase. The light and power company has proposed several changes to its rate structure, including a reduction in the lifeline consumption from 100 kWh to 50 kWh.

The lifeline tariff is applied to the first 100 kWh of consumption for all residential customers.

The JPS said that if the proposals are accepted, the overall net bill impact is expected to be 4.69 per cent over the five-year period, 2019-2024.

Residential consumers would be hardest hit as their bills would soar by 17.14 per cent.

JPS resubmitted its application to the Office of Utilities Regulations last December after it had been initially rejected by the regulator in August 2019 for lacking vital information.

The OUR cancelled town hall meetings with JPS customers, which were scheduled for March, following government-issued COVID-19 guidelines for public gatherings. The regulators are now inviting persons to comment on the application via email at: jpstariff2019@our.org.jm by May 29.

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