Despite aggressive disconnection drives and a vigorous campaign to leverage moral suasion, Jamaica’s electricity distributor has revealed that power theft for all of 2019 was billed at US$178 million. That amounts to J$26 billion at today’s rate.
The disclosure was made in response to queries by The Gleaner on Monday after the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) said that more than 90 per cent of households in Riverton City, a largely poor community in the St Andrew Western constituency, stole power.
Riverton alone draws about US$2.2 million illegally per year, with the abstraction bill for 2020 put at US$2.04 million as at the end of November.
JPS blamed electricity thieves for several outages in the community, with only 160 legal customers among more than 1,000 households.