A SKELEC official has confirmed that anyone who is engaging in the unauthorized use of electricity (U.U.E), now have two weeks from today Friday 28th September, to cease from doing so.
After this period fines will be charged on any consumer who engages in the inappropriate use of electricity supply without the implicit consent of SKELEC. Unauthorized use of electricity includes, having your service disconnected, yet still connected to the grid by un-authorized connections, by-pass the meter, connecting to another consumers supply. All consumers should be connected to SKELEC supply via SKELEC official connection only.
Consumers have been asked to contact SKELEC to make arrangements for their technicians to assess such connections or have them disconnected.
When the Company implements a new AMI (Automatic Metering System), the meters and its information system will notify SKELEC of any unauthorized use or tampering of electricity usage. Therefore, all consumers are asked to make sure that they are connected to the SKELEC grid via the proper rules and regulations without SKELEC having to follow-up per the guidelines set forth in the Electricity Act, said SKELEC.
The Company is asking for the full cooperation of the public. So far the response has been positive and the company would like for this trend to continue. The process is no way solely to seek out the illegal use of electricity, but is instead to verify that the SKELEC consumer database is correct, meters are working correctly and to cut back on system losses that ultimately impact all consumers with higher rates. With the completion of this process consumers will see an improved billing system that would provide consumers with speedier bills and payment options.
Therefore, as a measure of providing accurate and on-time billing, along with lowering their losses, SKELEC is also continuing its Meter Audit exercise.
The audit will allow the Company to collect accurate consumer information, along with proper data about our meters, such as how it is functioning, is it located in an easy to access area that makes it convenient for meter readers to read and inspect.
Consumer data such as name and address, along with the verification of a recent electricity bill, against what SKELEC has in their system, is important to make sure that they are correctly billing the correct consumer, as per their meter and electricity usage.
According to The Electricity Act, section 27, all meters should be ‘in proper working order, correctly registering the consumption within the limits of error as prescribed in accordance with the Public Utilities Act. Also SKELEC as the Supplier of Electricity reserves the right under the Electricity Act section 28, which states in summary, that any person who wilfully damages a meter, or has any connection without the direct consent of SKELEC, will be liable for a fine not exceeding $10,000 or one year in imprisonment.