An explanation has come from the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) on what caused it to carry out load shedding in several parishes late yesterday.
The utility company says it was due to issues with some of its generating units and one belonging to an independent power producer.
This resulted in power outages between 6:30 and 10 pm in several communities in Kingston and St Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Trelawny, St Mary, St Ann, St Thomas as well as St James.
Media and Public Relations Manager at the JPS, Audrey Williams, told RJR News that the issues were temporary.
“Some of our units went down as well as one of our independent power producers Jamaica Private Power Company - they also had a unit that went down. Because of that there was a shortfall in generation available for our customers.”
Concerning the power company’s ability to handle increased demand for electricity, Williams said the JPS will be able to cope.
“We are quite able, we do recognize that we having extreme temperatures but we do have the capacity overall to handle demand,” she said.