what now for poor people?
what we need hear in jamaica is a Government who is willing to tell JPS to upgrade their generators (although they are building a state of the art facility that is suppose to open in 2013 or 2015). but with jamaica's poor credit rating, that translate into higher prices to repay any loans needed to fund that project
Last edited by frazbox; August 1, 2012 at 07:54 AM.
what now for poor people?
Don't Use SHIPME
It is more or less too late for anything to be done regarding transmission and distribution. No company in the world is going to come in and make the same investment of installing their own poles and wires and transformers for supplying electricity to all of Jamaica. Flow has been here 6 years and they are still finding it difficult to install new lines to everyone.
The Government should have retained ownership of the power lines and poles and divested energy generation to Mirant when ceding control of JPS and now it would have been simple for another company to set up operations.
Let me play the devil's advocate for a minute though. Who are the real owners of the power lines as JPS was purchased by Mirant in 2001 so that means all the infrastructure was built through taxpayers money prior to that agreement. Additionally, when anything happens to their transmission lines or poles e.g. from a Hurricane, JPS' customers are the ones who foot the bill as they are unable to secure insurance so basically we are paying for the damage to their equipment (remember that recurring Hurricane Ivan charge).
every area of development the jamaica government involved in fail over time. what is that telling us? they can't even put proper policies in place for development. their intention is to eat a food off whomever want to invest and not give a hoot to what is good and proper. there are no accountability for government action, the even trying to render the office of the contractor general impotent.
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what you said in the 2nd paragraph, that never crossed my mind; but, since the exclusivity contract is illegal the government should either force jps to upgrade or build thier own plant and sell power to the people (pick it up as a expensive in the budget and subsidize it for the better of the nation). this would mean that they wouldnt try to make money off it, but instead do something good for the people without trying to make a profit
Lol some of the SHEEPLE here dont know whats going on, first ask your not how its gonna benefit you but how is the government gonna make money from this, some SHEEPLE actually think the government and them are doing this because they love us and what to save money in our pockets. If they did they would invest in wind or solar energy or encourage us to buy solar panels. which are not very expensive to purchase but SHEEPLE remember jps still own 13% of JPEST and plus collecting tax from us through JPEST. Then both power lines can be on the same poles because a lot these poles cant even manage already dont make any sense just gonna stick to panels and save some cash
I AM NOT TECHNOLOGICALLY DUNCE AND WOULD BE A FOOL TO TRY AND CONVINCE AN IDIOT
INSTEAD OF BUYING MORE USELESS GADGETS, BUY SOLAR PANELS