JPS Investigating Power Outage – Bush Fire Likely Contributory Cause

April 21, 2020

Energy Company, JPS, has indicated that investigations are continuing into the cause of last night’s power outage, which affected several communities in the parishes of Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine.

The Company is reporting that one of its main transmission lines that bring power into the corporate area tripped, initiating the power outage. The cause of this is being investigated, but early indications are that a bush fire near Six Miles ignited a transmission pole, contributing to the challenges on the system.

The JPS team responded immediately and managed to restore supply to several communities within an hour of the occurrence. Customers got back power in phases, as the team worked assiduously to restore system stability, while taking the necessary precautions to prevent major system damage and more widespread outages. The incident took place just before 8:00 pm yesterday, and the last group of customers were restored at about 11:00 pm.

More than 30,000 of JPS’ 660,000 customers were affected by last night’s outage.

JPS remains committed to keeping the lights for the nation, and continues to put the necessary measures in place to provide consistent service to customers, especially during these challenging times.

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