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King Welcomes Prepaid Electricity Pilot Project

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Senior Minister Stephenson King has embraced the forthcoming prepaid electricity pilot project for Saint Lucia, affirming its potential to foster responsible consumer spending.

“I think it is good. It helps persons to be consumption savvy if you want to use that term – to be more prudent in their consumption. It certainly allows for persons not to incur unnecessary debt,” King told reporters on the margins of Tuesday’s House of Assembly meeting.

Equity, Social Justice, and Empowerment Minister Joachim Henry announced Monday that the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) will spearhead the project launch in August.

King said the prepaid electricity initiative intends to get people, especially low-income earners, to pay for electricity as they use it.

He explained that it would not impact electricity rates.

“It simply affects the modality of payment,” the former Prime Minister told reporters on the sidelines of Tuesday’s House of Assembly meeting.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. It is an excellent idea. And if customers can carry unused electricity over to the next month, it will be superb.

  2. This is pure Bull ****. It’s just like Dominica and England, such stupid idea. So if you don’t have money at the time to top up that’s mean you will be on the darkness till you or your love ones can get you some money to pay in advance. Should they go with this stupid idea it will not go well with the masses, It might just be their election cost. The government needs to put a cap on electricity rate which is already to high in this part of the world and put an end to these corporate greed. This idea is not in the best interest of the poor people.

  3. Antidote the Government is one of the largest shareholders in lucelec both directly and by it’s proxies LUCELEC and CCC. This is not about the consumer. This is about reducing LUCELEC’s receivables and collections. On the other hand if you use something you pay for it and I understand why the company would want to go that route. And yes electricity is ridiculously priced in this region. There should be no tariffs on solar and other renewables to help with that. But government don’t care about you or me. Just their donors and the politicians.

  4. Pay as u go implementations for those under dire situations is necessary and welcoming……. bc electricity bills are extremely high on this island!,,,,,, so if it will help few hundred households, it’s a wonderful initiative!.

  5. Well well well Lucilec you are only charging me $30 per month because your lines are still attached but not for usage, everyone ask me why I don’t have them take it off ? I leave it just in case of an emergency as we gong into hurricane season you never know, I kick and scream when I had to pay duty on it 3yrs ago but I think it’s lower down now, but this was the best investment I have ever bought along with the security lighting AC all day and night island wide block out I slept thru it didn’t had a clue. They s is a good initiative pay as you go just like when you use to top your phone it’s good for budget minded people

  6. OR…..allow me to pass on my excess solar power to my neighbour’s in need !!!!! I know, lucelec and gosl eh go like that! So whose interest is at stake here!

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