Customers buying into its conservation message, says JPS CEO
Jamaica Public Service CEO Kelly Tomblin (left) engages Cheddi Van Creighton, JamaicaObserver regional manager (second right) and another customer during the utility company'sRegion West Energy and Conservation Show 2015 at its Lucea office last week, while BruceBarrett, JPS field services technician (third left) conducts a meter board demonstration.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Jamaica Public Service (JPS) CEO Kelly Tomblin has cited a success in the utility company's energy conservation programme as one of the reasons for a five per cent decline in revenues last year.

"More and more of our customers are heeding the message of conservation," Tomblin said recently at the launch of the company's Region West Energy and Conservation Show 2015 held at their office at the Bogue Industrial Complex in Montego Bay.

"Our revenues are going down every year ... and they have gone down last year about five per cent," Tomblin revealed.

The second annual Region West energy show was staged last week Wednesday in partnership with furniture and appliance store Courts.

According to JPS Region West community relations officer, Allaine Harvey, the aim of the show was to build relation with customers and teach them how best to manage their energy usage.

"The energy show concept is something that we started last year, out of a need of educating our customers the importance of conserving and using the amount of energy that they can afford to pay for, so we came up with the concept of the energy show," Harvey outlined.

"What should have been just an initiative in Westmoreland and St James actually was so successful that it grew to take over the entire region."

St James, Hanover, Trelawny, Westmoreland and St Elizabeth constitute Region West.

At last week's show testimonials were heard from customers throughout the region regarding the positive impact that JPS's energy conservation devices and education programme were having on electricity bills.

According to Lianne Campbell of a Meadows of Irwin address, after she replaced her fluorescent bulbs with LED ones she bought at the JPS E-store at Bay West in Montego Bay, she noticed that her bill dropped from over $6,000 per month to under $2,000.

TOMBLIN ... more and more of our customers are heeding theconservation message.
BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter

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