Monday, April 22, 2024

BL&P ‘doing its part’


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Following is an edited statement by Barbados Light & Power Company regarding their customer initiatives during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are now many weeks into this unprecedented period of pandemic response and the Barbados Light & Power Company is doing its part to keep employees, customers and Barbadians safe. We will continue to support the efforts of Government and the health authorities to minimise the impact of COVID-19. 

During this period, Light & Power will continue to safely execute on its mandate – to keep the lights on for customers – while keeping the health of employees at the forefront. Our Customer Service Office at Garrison will remain closed and customers are asked to continue utilising alternative, non-face-to-face options for making queries, requesting new services and paying bills.

In addition to measures already taken, we wish to announce another measure to provide further ease. We will extend the payment discount to domestic customers on bills issued from March 1 and extending into April 2020, for bills that are settled within 15 working days following the lifting of the national curfew. For customers who have paid their bill prior to this announcement, the discounted amount will be applied as a credit to your account.

There is no need to call Light & Power or for any additional action on your part.

A significant impact of the pandemic on the global economy is the price of fuel and customers will see a notable ease in electricity rates because of the drop in world fuel oil prices. The Fuel Clause Adjustment (FCA) for May is 16.2176 cents per kWh, compared to 24.1235 cents per kWh for April, a decrease of 33 per cent.

Cumulatively, from March to May, there has been a 44 per cent decrease in the fuel component of customers’ bills.

To understand the impact, here is an example: a residential customer using 350 kWh would have received a bill in March for $195.03, in April for $178.76 and in May for $146.24.

We have commenced a discussion with our suppliers on fuel hedging and have submitted an application to the Fair Trading Commission seeking approval to set up a fuel hedging programme. 

Fuel hedging at a time like this can bring competitive pricing and stability to the fuel portion of customers’ bills.

As always, the safety, health and wellbeing of our employees, our contractors, customers and all Barbadians are of paramount importance. These priorities and those whom they impact will remain the focus for us at Light & Power as we plan for the safe, considered and cautious reopening of our business. (PR)

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