Customers of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) have rallied to sign a recently created online petition which describes electricity bills as ‘exorbitant’ amid the COIVD-19 pandemic.
The petition titled ‘Jamaicans against exorbitant JPS bills‘ was launched on the website change.org by Petra Hines and has already amassed close to 25,000 signatures.
The petition reads as follows:
“The Minister of energy has declared that the JPS has the option of utilising an alternative fuel blend which costs less than the fuel they are currently using.
Moreover, an additional amount is added to the cost of petroleum entering the country BEFORE it gets to the consumer.
The world has seen, in light of this COVID-19 pandemic, subzero oil and fuel prices, which are neither reflected at the pumps nor on our utility bills (JPS especially). Almost all homeowners use electricity provided by the JPS.
The company enjoys market monopoly and therefore has opted to keep Jamaicans impoverished with its exorbitant and cruel business ethics. How does a pensioner, a person with a disability, an unemployed person who depends on remittances, afford these ever-increasing electricity bills?
It’s time to take a stand against this uncaring monopoly !”
Last month, the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has announced that customers would see an average increase of about 7.43% on the electricity bills they would receive.
The company claimed this was mainly due to the devaluation in the Jamaican Dollar against its US counterpart. As a result, the average customer who consistently uses 165 kWh per month would pay approximately $483 more on their bill for the month.
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