JPS granted rate increase
Jamaicans will have to pay more for their light bills, starting this month, after the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) granted an increase to the Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd (JPS).
The OUR's decision took effect on September 1 and will be reflected on customers' October bills.
With the increases granted to the JPS, customers will see an overall average increase of 1.4 per cent in their bills.
Residential customers will see an average increase of 1.2 per cent, significantly lower than the average 3.8 per cent increase requested by the JPS.
Overall, the light and power company had requested an average increase of 3.5 per cent in light bills.
Meanwhile, the non-fuel, pre-paid rates for residential customers will see consumers being charged $13.85/kWh for the first 117kWh of electricity. The JPS will charge $21.03/kWh for each additional kWh if usage exceeds 117kWh.
The non-fuel pre-paid rate for small commercial customers will be $122.45 per kWh for the first 10kWh. Each additional kWh will be billed at $9.03.