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GERALYN EDWARD, geralynedward@nationnews.com

Added 11 May 2017


Barbados Light and Power chief Roger Blackman speaking about electricity top-ups yesterday. (Picture by Nigel Browne.)

BARBADIANS WHO ARE HOT on prepaid cellphones will soon have the option of topping up the electricity to their homes when the supply runs low.

With prepaid electricity gaining in popularity in other Caribbean countries such as Dominica, the Barbados Light Power (BL) is testing the local market for prepaid electricity where homeowners can top up rather than paying a monthly bill.

Still to get regulatory approval from the Fair Trading Commission, the company said it was targeting the product for introduction next year.

“Utilities in other jurisdictions have introduced this option which could become available here because of the network being created as the new Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) meters are deployed in greater numbers. The AMI project is a $43-million, multiyear project which began deployment in 2016,” it stated. (GE)

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.



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