Bahamas Power and Light Company (BPL) yesterday said it is investigating “whether and to what extent its clients have employed what are now alleged to be fake, and potentially very dangerous, ‘energy-saving devices’ to lower their electricity bills” and will prosecute those knowingly involved and those who fail to report that the devices were installed.
The company said it “wishes to strongly caution consumers to report the installation of these devices voluntarily so that they may be safely removed”.
“BPL Operations has confirmed receiving queries concerning whether so-called legitimate energy-saving devices are being targeted by BPL in an effort to secure revenues and profits,” the power company said in a statement.
“BPL wishes to emphasize that energy-saving methods and renewables are not in question; rather, the concern being raised relates to the illegal diversion of energy in a potentially unsafe manner.
“Given that the devices are installed on the power company side of the meter, there is no way for customers to disconnect power without engaging BPL or trying to remove the device with ‘live’ power.
“BPL has advised customers that if they were sold a product that is supposed to reduce their electricity bill and they are concerned that they may have unknowingly participated in tampering with or diverting the energy supply, they should come in and report it.
“If it is found to be the case that the customer was unknowingly involved in such a scheme, BPL will not prosecute, but the customer must come in and report their suspicions before it is discovered by BPL.
“Should BPL discover the tampering or diversion, and the customer has not reported it, BPL will prosecute.”
BPL’s announcement comes on the heels of Grand Bahama Power Company saying last week that several businesses and homeowners have been defrauded by a company which sold to them and installed what they thought was an energy-saving device, but which the power company found illegally bypassed its meters.