Prepaid meter project starts soon, meters arrive June 15
As part of GPL’s efforts to improve its services to consumers, the prepaid meter project is set to start ‘soon’. On June 15, the first meters will arrive on the local shores, says GPL CEO Bharat Dindyal.
When contacted yesterday, GPL’s Public Relations Officer, Denize Adams, could not offer a specific date for the commencement of the actual installation. She however said that once started, the pilot project will see the installation of some 23,000 meters in sections of Kitty and Newtown, Black Bush Polder, Corentyne, Bourda Market, Festival City and North Ruimveldt.
Dindyal, noting that all the other supporting equipment are already in stock, disclosed during an interview at the John Fernandes Wharf, that “the project is about to start.” He said his company already has the other supporting equipment in stock and announced that “in another week and a half we will have the meters in stock.”
And even as complaints abound about high electricity bills, the power company continues to preach the message of energy conservation.
As one of the company’s efforts to assist the consumers, Dyndyal said that GPL will, in a matter of days, be releasing about 165,000 energy saver bulbs into the local market.
Echoing GPL’s public advisories, he said that consumers need to use energy efficient appliances, as one of the first steps to reducing energy consumption, rippling to less use of energy.
Rising fuel prices will not at this time see GPL raising electricity charges to consumers. He said, the three generator engines that arrived in Guyana last week, once they become operational, it is hoped to reduce fuel consumption, putting the company in a better position to reduce tariff.