Gov’t to tax ‘big users’ now taking extra power from GPL – Jagdeo

Vice President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo during a press conference at the Office of the President (Photo: News Room/August 31, 2023)

He believes these users are now taking power from GPL’s grid because of the government’s move in 2021 to absorb the increase in water and electricity rates. This was done so the increased cost of fuel, which meant water and electricity generated at a higher price, would not be passed onto consumers.

The Vice President didn’t elaborate on whether those “big users” are companies but GPL this week issued a notice attributing the increased demand to the increasingly high temperatures experienced in recent months as well as the growth in the housing and commercial sector.

GPL, in that notice, urged customers to do more to conserve energy.

Meanwhile, Dr. Jagdeo also said the government was sourcing another 30MW of power. That unit should be delivered to Guyana before yearend and once delivered, power shortages should be reduced.

He also reminded the gathering that the government is constructing a new gas-to-energy project at Wales, West Bank Demerara. Once that project is operational, an additional 300MW of power will be available for local use; that power is expected to be half the cost currently paid.