Saharan Dust May Lead To Power Outages – JPS

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has indicated that the Saharan Dust that is currently affecting the region may have an impact on the reliability of power supply, as well as on customers’ usage.

Via a release on Friday, the company’s VP for Energy Delivery, Blaine Jarrett said the settling of the dust on the power delivery infrastructure could lead to power outages.

“The heavy dust represents an increase in contaminants on the system, which can result in short-circuit conditions – especially if we have light rain,” he explained. 

  

“JPS has been closely monitoring the situation, and has intensified our maintenance activities to ensure limited disruption in power supply to our customers.

“However, in the event of power outages, JPS teams are on standby to respond as quickly as possible to restore service to affected customers,” Jarrett said.

The power company also noted that persons with solar panels may see a drop in the power
produced by these panels because the Saharan Dust has reduced the impact of the sun’s rays.

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