Electricity Could be affected By Saharan Dust

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has indicated that the Saharan Dust which is continuing could have an impact on the reliability of power supply to its customers.

Blaine Jarrett, JPS’s Vice President for Energy Delivery, said in a statement that “the heavy dust represents an increase in contaminants on the system, which can result in short-circuit conditions – especially if we have light rain,” he also said, “JPS has been closely monitoring the situation and has intensified our maintenance activities to ensure limited disruption in power supply to our customers. 


“However, in the event of power outages, JPS teams are on standby to respond as quickly as possible to restore service to affected customers.”

The partly-owned power company once more encourages its customers to monitor their electricity usage.

Blaine said that “with the higher temperatures, it is likely that more persons will be using their fans and air conditioning units, and going into their refrigerators more frequently. We encourage you to use what you need as efficiently as possible.”

JPS also says those using solar panels may see a drop in power because of the effects of the Saharan Dust.


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