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OUR hosts consultation on wheeling of electricity



Office of Utilities Regulation | 2013-01-15 00:00:00

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) will host its first consultation on the wheeling of electricity on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. The OUR through this consultation hopes to encourage the involvement of stakeholders with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of the decision making process and minimize the implementation risks involved in this important development.

An electricity wheeling framework is being developed following an amendment to the licence granted to Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) in August 2011. The amendment provides for the movement of electricity across the national grid by selfgenerators on a basis that is cost reflective and consistent with tariffs and the price controls as approved by the OUR. The aim of this amendment is to promote greater competition in the electricity sector and provide more options with regards to source of electricity to the consumers of electricity.

One of the objectives of the Consultation is to share and exchange information on Wheeling in general and – more specifically – on the methodologies involved. The decision concerning the methodology to be used is critical to the construction of wheeling charges and the development of the frameworks. The methodology chosen will have implications for cost recovery, effective price signalling, fairness and transparency.

The consultation will examine the methodologies available for setting wheeling charges and will also generate recommendations on the approach that should be used.

The meeting on January 22 follows the publication of the OUR’s consultation document on Electricity Wheeling, designed to stimulate public debate. This document is on the OUR website at www.our.org.jm and comments are expected by Friday, January 25, 2013.

All Interested parties are invited to the meeting which will be held at the Knutsford Court Hotel starting at 10am.

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