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  • A total of 2,049 households across the island have been provided with access to electricity under the Government’s Rural Electrification Programme (REP) since 2012.
  • He said that $339 million was spent over the three-year period.
  • The REP was incorporated in 1975 with the specific mandate of expanding the reach of electricity supply to rural areas, where the provision of such a service would not be economically viable for commercial providers of electricity.

A total of 2,049 households across the island have been provided with access to electricity under the Government’s Rural Electrification Programme (REP) since 2012.

Making his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives today (April 15), Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, informed that over the period, 84.82 kilometres of extension lines were established.

He said that $339 million was spent over the three-year period.

“There are some parishes that we have to focus on in the next two to three years, (including) Westmoreland, Hanover, St. Elizabeth and St. Thomas,” he indicated.

Noting that the REP “has not received the recognition that it deserves,” Minister Paulwell told the House that 97.5 per cent of the country now has electricity due largely to the work of the REP.

He said the programme will be renamed the National Ener¬gy Solutions Limited and given a new mandate to develop renewable energy solutions “because it has largely completed its original objective.”

“It is going to shift focus because we are going to have to work to regularise some of the communities that today are not properly wired, where houses are not properly certified, and we intend to ensure that such premises are certified to be metered, among other things,” he said.

The REP was incorporated in 1975 with the specific mandate of expanding the reach of electricity supply to rural areas, where the provision of such a service would not be economically viable for commercial providers of electricity.

The REP constructs electrical distribution pole lines in electrified areas and provides house wiring assistance to householders through a loan programme.