JPS not authorised to disconnect communities – OUR
The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) said that it has not approved any policy or measure that would see the use of power outages as a means to control electricity losses.
The regulator made the comment yesterday after Member of Parliament for South East St Andrew, Julian Robinson, called for an end to the wholesale daily disconnection of entire communities, as a means of addressing electricity theft.
The OUR said that it has received complaints from persons in Clarendon, Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine and Trelawny about the practice. The regulator said that it wrote to the Jamaica Public Service Company in August requesting information that can assist in its probe. The light and power company is yet to provide the OUR with a response.