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System losses down, says JPS

Tuesday, December 17, 2013    

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THE Jamaica Public Service (JPS) says system losses have been trending down over the last four months.

"Overall, system losses for the JPS, last month stood at 25.94 per cent, a 0.43 per cent reduction on the 26.37 per cent recorded for October. This represents the fourth consecutive decline in monthly system losses since the 27.01 per cent peak experienced in June and July of this year," said the light and power company. "The decline in November was also the most significant in the past four months, while also representing the first decline in the 12 months rolling average since January 2013," it added.

"While these results are encouraging, the company is still challenged by the losses due to fuel under-recovery (occasioned by theft). November's under-recovery was US$3.5 million. This now brings the total loss on fuel to US$34.5 million since June and $43.2 million (year to date)," said the light and power company.

The JPS said that in 2013 it invested US$7.261 million in measures to reduce the system loss experienced by the company.

System losses, which is the loss of some of the power generated over the transmission and distribution system, can be classified as technical and non-technical. Technical losses are due mainly to heat dissipation in the power lines that result from the transmission and distribution of electricity across the system., while non-technical losses are due primarily to electricity theft.

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