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JM | Jul 30, 2022

JPS customers get J$525 million in subsidy on July bills

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A total of 459,764 Jamaica Public Service (JPS) postpaid customers received a 20 per cent contribution towards their energy bills in July amounting to approximately J$525 million.

The contribution, which was for energy used in the month of June, was provided under the Government’s Co-Pay Subsidy programme.

A total of 9,998 prepaid customers also received $29,994,000.

The four-month Co-Pay Subsidy programme, which started in April, is part of the Government of Jamaica’s efforts to offset the increasing price of fuel, which directly impacts the cost of electricity.

Under the initiative, all postpaid customers who use 200-kilowatt hours or less for the previous month received a 20 per cent contribution, shown on their following month’s bill for the duration of the subsidy programme.

Residential prepaid customers also benefited from the programme, with persons topping up with any amount during the period receiving $3,000 free credit on their JPS account.  

A sample of a Jamaica Public Service electricity usage bill. (Photo: jpsco.com)

Media and public relations manager at JPS, Audrey Williams, explained that the subsidy programme, which officially ends this month, provided customers with a welcome reprieve on spending for light bill.

She noted that the initiative also served as a good public education tool regarding consumption.

“Persons have shown very great interest in it. If nothing else, it has helped persons to be more conscious of their usage and to get a better appreciation of their kilowatt hours.

Media and public relations manager at the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Audrey Williams. (Photo contributed)

“Originally, persons just focused primarily on how much is due. But now that kilowatt-hours carry a particular incentive, people are getting more aware of usage in terms of kilowatt hours. That is a benefit in terms of customer education,” she told JIS News.

Williams noted that by fostering greater understanding of energy consumption, customers can better manage their energy use, thereby reducing costs.

“When people have that kind of information, it is very empowering and they are able to adjust their behaviour… so as to better manage their bills,” she said.

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