Jamaica Public Service to increase meter inspections

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Kingston, Jamaica — (METERING.COM) — January 15, 2009 – Starting this month customers of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) will have their electricity meters inspected more frequently as the company steps up efforts to detect and respond to cases of meter tampering.

JPS has engaged specially trained meter inspectors to carry out more routine inspection of meters, in an intensified fight against electricity theft. Where there are indications of meter tampering, JPS will immediately disconnect the power supply and remove the meters and wires serving the premises. These customers will be required to make contact with the nearest JPS office to regularize their service, and to pay the company for the electricity determined to have been consumed but not paid for.

While taking steps to introduce new initiatives in the fight against electricity theft this year, JPS will continue the implementation of projects that have already yielded some success in this regard. These include installing insulated or “tamper proof” power lines in more communities, and expanding the use of the automated metering infrastructure (AMI). JPS will also remove the service wires and meters of customers who request that their electricity service be disconnected, as well as those customers who have been disconnected for non-payment and have not made arrangements to be reconnected within thirty days.

Despite the implementation of a range of initiatives aimed at reducing electricity theft, over 13 percent of the electricity generated by JPS was stolen in 2008. The illegal abstraction of electricity is carried out by legal customers, as well as persons who do not have contracts with JPS.