GPL Saying Power Outages Not Their Fault
The Guyana Power and Light Company says it is in a position to supply an adequate amount of electricity for the busy Christmas season which usually sees an upsurge in electricity usage. Over the past few weeks city residents and residents all along the coast have been experiencing several power outages but the problem is being blamed on various events that would have contributed to a disruption in power.
In the meantime GPL is moving ahead with its frequency conversion from the 50 hertz cycle to the 60 hertz cycle. It’s being done in stages and customers are expected to see a more stable and improved electricity supply and it will be reflected in their bills also, although the GPL chief executive officer doesn’t believe it will be a big increase.
The GPL chief said the changeover will benefit consumers. He was quick to point out that there is no shortfall in power generation adding that there may be other issues that GPL would have no control over that may be responsible for the black outs.
Still the power company is looking to improve the service it currently offers. With a demand for electricity the improvements will have to be an ongoing process.
Meanwhile the power company is encouraging customers to report any fault they may notice in their electricity supply and not wait until it’s too late. He pointed to the case of the recent fire which gutted a house in Bent Street saying that persons should have contacted the power company when they noticed the flickering of the lights and the other supply problems. Residents have blamed the fire on a GPL power supply fault. An investigation is underway by the fire service and GPL is doing its own probe.