JPS to give OUR more info on is­land­wide black­out

Jamaica Gleaner - - ACROSS THE NATION -

THE OFFICE of Util­i­ties Reg­u­la­tion is as­sur­ing cus­tomers of the Ja­maica Pub­lic Ser­vice (JPS) that it is com­mit­ted to com­plet­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion and anal­y­sis of the Au­gust 27 is­land­wide black­out which lasted for sev­eral hours.

In a news re­lease yes­ter­day, the OUR said it plans to com­plete the probe within 30 days of re­ceipt of all the re­quired in­for­ma­tion from the light and power com­pany. It said the pub­lic would be briefed on all the de­vel­op­ments.

On Septem­ber 28, the JPS sub­mit­ted to the OUR a de­tailed re­port on the is­land­wide black­out in keep­ing with the re­quire­ments of the Elec­tric­ity Act, 2015, which de­mands that the elec­tric­ity provider is­sues a re­port to the over­sight body within 30 days of the date of restora­tion of power. That re­port con­firmed that a pro­ce­dural er­ror caused a to­tal sys­tem black­out on JPS’ trans­mis­sion sys­tem at ap­prox­i­mately 5:45 p.m.

In ad­di­tion to the de­tailed re­port re­quire­ment, the JPS asked for more time to pro­vide ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion that was re­quested by the OUR and has been given un­til Oc­to­ber 31, to do so.

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