Waiting period for electricity service to be reduced

The Government is moving to reduce the wait time for approval to be granted for the delivery of  electricity to a person's house or building.

This is expected to be slashed from 95 to 18 days with the introduction of  the new Government Electrical Regulator (GER). 

Speaking at a JIS 'Think Tank' yesterday, Minister of  Energy Fayval Williams, said the change will help to increase Jamaica's ranking globally in the Doing Business Report.

The new regulations governing the GER will also now allow certified electricians the opportunity to become electrical inspectors.

The GER will have a database of  private electrical inspectors from which persons may choose.

It will also be staffed with government auditors, who will conduct spot audits sporadically.

Mrs. Williams says the auditors will monitor the work of  the inspectors and recommend sanctions for breaches, which can be as severe as suspension or revocation of  their licences.

There will be an appeal process.

The Energy Minister adds that new electricians coming into the system, will be required to have HEART certification, in addition to on-the-job training.

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