MINISTER of Energy and Mining Clive Mullings has called on the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) to immediately cease the installation of so-called smart meters and the policy of back-billing customers based on allegations of meter-tampering, until an investigation being conducted by the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) is completed. (more…)
Lawsuit filed names power company, OUR, Attorney General
A lawsuit aimed at busting the Jamaica Public Service’s (JPS) monopoly on islandwide light and power distribution was filed Friday in the Supreme Court.
The suit is being brought by a group of disgruntled JPS customers led by North Trelawny Member of Parliament Dennis Meadows and names as defendants the attorney general, the JPS and the Office of the Utilities Regulation (OUR).
In the suit, the claimants are seeking several declarations from the court, which, if successful, would revoke the JPS’s 27-year All-Island Electricity Licence, and open up the market to other players.
The licence was granted by then Mining and Energy Minister Bobby Pickersgill on March 30, 2001, pursuant to Section 3 of the Electric Lighting Act. The licence was in 2007 extended for a further seven years on the recommendation of the OUR, pursuant to Section 4 of the Office of Utilities Regulation Act.
But the claimants
Please click above to see the bill and to read the NWC’s response to what the K Factor and X Factor charges are on your water bill. It was timely since today the Observer published the article below about a private water company wanting to raise clients bills in St Catherine up to 132%. Yes I wrote 132% but if JPS can get away with that type of billing why shouldn’t the water companies. (more…)
Hugh Wildman, the attorney-at-law representing a group of concerned citizens, says a class action suit is to be filed this week challenging the constitutionality of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) licence.