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  • Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, is praising the Government for its proposed move to only regulate electrical inspection, and to outsource that function to the private sector.
  • “We agree with the move to create a regulator for electrical inspection. I think it is a good move,” he said.
  • Mr. Holness pointed out that the “right approach” is now being taken by the administration, arguing that the inspection of homes to see whether or not they meet the electricity code, is not a function that the government should necessarily provide, neither pay for, but is rather a service it only needs to regulate.

Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, is praising the Government for its proposed move to only regulate electrical inspection,  and to outsource that function to the  private sector.

“We agree with the move to create a regulator for electrical inspection. I think it is a good move,” he said.

Mr. Holness was contributing to the debate on the Electricity Act, 2015 in the House of Representatives, on June 23.

The new move is one of the provisions in the Bill to transform the Government Electrical Inspectorate to a Regulator and the simultaneous outsourcing of inspections to suitably qualified persons from the private sector.

According to Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who piloted the Bill, this will allow inspections to be conducted “in a more expeditious manner…and make (the process) far more efficient and accountable.”

Mr. Holness pointed out that the “right approach” is now being taken by the administration, arguing that the inspection of homes to see whether or not they meet the electricity code, is not a function that the government should necessarily provide, neither pay for, but is rather a service it only needs to regulate.

“I think that the new way it is being done, you will have more inspectors; it will be a more competitive environment; there won’t be any load on the Government to respond, and it will certainly be part of this process of improving the environment for doing business, certainly for real estate developers and independent contractors,” he said.

The new Bill is expected to provide a modern codified system of regulating the generation, transmission, supply, distribution and dispatch of electricity.

The new Bill also seeks to promote transparency  between participants in the electricity sector; clarify the respective roles and responsibilities in the electricity sector; and facilitate efficient and sustainable development of the electricity sector, supported by adequate levels of investment.

The new legislation also proposes to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources; prescribe the required standards in the electricity sector; ensure the safety of the public; and ensure that the regulation of the electricity sector is transparent.