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JPS can lighten burden

A study by the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) offers evidence of the performance gap between Jamaica Public Service (JPS) power generation and other domestic power producers; ranks the JPS distribution operations among the least efficient in the region for total distribution losses, non-technical losses and reliability; and places JPS in the group with the highest electricity prices.

At issue is whether modifications to the current operations of JPS and changes to the orientation of regulation could deliver significant short-term benefits by way of lower electricity prices.

The rising cost of electricity is inimical to the interest of consumers and to national growth and development. Hence the generation and distribution of electricity in Jamaica continues to be the focus of intense debate.

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