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Government of Jamaica

GOJ ENERGY CO-PAY PROGRAMME TO BE REFLECTED IN CUSTOMERS’ MAY JPS BILL

The Hon. Nigel Clarke, D.Phil., MP
The Hon. Nigel Clarke, D.Phil., MP

Minister of Finance and the Public Service

The Restructuring of Public Sector Compensation

Kingston, Jamaica: Wednesday, May 4, 2021

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, announced today that the
Government of Jamaica (“GOJ”) Energy Co-Pay Programme is now effective and will be
reflected in customers’ monthly JPS Bills, starting in May 2022 for 4-months.

Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding between the GOJ and the Jamaica Public
Service (“JPS”) signed this week, the GOJ will pay a portion of the residential electricity bills for
JPS customers who consume 200 kWh of electricity or less per month, over the four-month
period of April 2022 to July 2022.

Done deal – Minister Clarke shakes hands with Vernon Douglas, CFO, JPS

 

Minister Clarke first announced the programme during his closing budget presentation in March
of this year, where he highlighted the Government’s commitment to cushion the impact of higher
electricity prices, directly caused by higher global oil prices, on the most vulnerable in society.
The Energy Go-Pay Programme is estimated to cost the GOJ J$2.0 billion, and to directly benefit
379,000 households.

Dr. Clarke noted, “The overwhelming majority of households in Jamaica consuming less than
200 kWh, consist of hardworking people on smaller incomes, and we are concerned that they are
more adversely affected by the higher energy prices. This programme, similar to all our social
assistance programmes and policies, is therefore designed to prioritise and target their needs. We
thank JPS for their support in this implementation.”

This benefit for qualifying customers is automatic and does not require applying.

For further
information on the programme or qualifying terms for pre-paid customers, please contact JPS
Customer Care.

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Corporate Communication & Public Relations Branch
Ministry of Finance and the Public Service
30 National Heroes Circle
Kingston 4
Tel: (876) 932-4656/4660/4655

The Hon. Nigel Clarke, D.Phil., MP

Minister of Finance and the Public Service
30 National Heroes Circle, Kingston 4
Tel: (876) 932-4656 / 4660 / 4655
Eml: opedjamaica@gmail.com

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