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Flanker residents protest high electricity bills

BY KARLA JOSEPHS Observer staff reporter josephsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 | 6:45 AM    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Scores of residents from the Flanker Community in St James staged a demonstration yesterday over what they claim are high electricity bills from the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).

 “About a year ago JPS came and told us that they are giving us time to regularise our meters but some enormous bill a come, it unbearable mi dear,” one angry resident complained.

“Mi live in a one-bedroom wall house. Light bill can come to $31,000?

“Weh wi fi get dat money from and wi pickney dem fi go a school, wi cyaa manage it,” she exclaimed.

Corporate Communications Officer at JPS Audrey Williams told the Jamaica Observer that the charges could be reflecting payments due from previous bills.

 “Some bills are actually reflecting both previously unpaid balances as well as their present consumption. We also appreciate that many new customers do not have a full understanding of the cost of electricity and therefore have high consumption patterns, “ Williams said.

 She added that JPS would intensify its public education efforts in the Flanker community to help customers understand the cost of electricity, as well as how to use it more efficiently and to conserve.

“We encourage all customers who have queries to visit the Customer Service Office in Baywest to have their concerns dealt with on a case by case basis,” Williams said.

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