Cheap light bills for inner city areas
Jamaicans who live in communities that were plagued by the theft of electricity will be paying dirt cheap electricity bills.
This is as long as they are part of the Community Renewal Programme, which was implemented to ensure the Jamaica Public Service Company is able to recover money spent generating electricity that is being stolen.
The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) yesterday said such customers will be required to pay $9.13 per kWh of electricity consumed. This would mean bills lower than $1,500 per month.
However, this is as long as the consumption of electricity does not exceed 150 kWh per month. Where customers use more than 150kWh per month, they will pay the regular prepaid or post-paid rate for the additional consumption.
Meanwhile, small residential customers who purchase power on a prepaid basis will be required to pay $195.49 per kWh for the first two kWh used within a 30-day consumption cycle. The customers will then pay $10.08 per kWh for the next 99 kWh and $21.51 per kWh for each additional kWh within that 30-day consumption cycle.
The OUR yesterday approved the JPS' request for a rate increase which took effect yesterday.
On average, there will be a 2.6 per cent increase in bills.