JPS poised to come up with more solutions -- Tomblin

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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IN the wake of suppliers in the solar energy sector crying unfair over what they deem to be direct competition from the Jamaica Public Service, (JPS), Kelly Tomblin, president and CEO of the light and power company, has hit back that JPS is poised to "come up with more and more solutions for our customers".

"There was a question of JPS becoming too powerful... I think JPS is just getting started. We have 1,700 of the most intelligent, creative people I have ever met," Tomblin argued.

"We are looking at storage and how we can combine that with solar; we are going out everywhere making sure we are best in class. So JPS is... I don't want to say just getting started again, but we really are at our foundation level. We see a vision that really sees us doing a lot more and a lot more innovation with a lot more different people."

The JPS boss added that the goal is to provide customers with solutions.

"We must give customers choice and we must be able to deliver everything that every other market is delivering and that is our goal. If you can find it in New York, you find it in Kingston; if you can find it is Texas you find it here. So that's the vision for Jamaica and for JPS that we have. Any solution that you want we will deliver," Tomblin said.

She was speaking with reporters in Montego Bay last week during the launch of the utility company's amnesty drive in the resort city.

She noted that on an annual basis JPS has 1.5 to 2.0 per cent bad debt, which is equivalent to US$15 million.

"So that's been going on year-on-year so you can see the number that we are chasing is significant. And the real answer of course is to eliminate bad debt by giving people a bill that they can afford and teaching them how to use this product and service more wisely and we are going to do that. So the numbers have been large and we really want to find an overall sustainable solution to take down that number once and for all," she stated.

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