GB residents with fake energy-saving devices must arrange payment plan
The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) told Guardian Business it hopes the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) can resolve the matter of fake energy-saving devices installed at homes and businesses in a manner that is beneficial to all the parties involved.
At the same time, the GBPC released a statement asking companies and homeowners that might have the fake energy-saving devices installed to arrange a payment plan to pay back the money for the energy that was used but not registered on the meter because of the fake system.
The fake systems did not save energy, but bypassed GBPC’s meter so that a phase of the incoming electricity was not read, causing a lowering of monthly electricity bills.
“This unfortunate incident has had far-reaching effects, and we trust that a resolution would be forthcoming so that individuals can return to work and we can continue working towards growing Freeport’s economy,” the GBPA said in a statement.
“Through the course of our recent audit investigations, it is now understood that many residents and businesses are operating under the belief that they have purchased an ‘energy-saving device’ from a local electrical contractor,” the GBPA added.
According to the GBPC, these fake setups are dangerous and some meters were tampered with so that they incorrectly read a customer’s actual usage.
“Installations to divert GBPC’s electricity supply and bypass our metering infrastructure are extremely dangerous to business owners, homeowners, occupiers, our workers and the public at large,” GBPC’s statement said.
“These installations do not comply with the requirements of the building code and, based on the diversion tactics used, it is important that GBPC ensures the equipment is isolated properly to avoid any serious loss or life-threatening damage.”
The company said it will now be engaged in remediating the fake installations. The company said it still does not know how many non-compliant installations there are.
“We are therefore urgently asking members of the public to report any and all instances of these fake boxes in order that the dangerous installations and meter bypasses can be removed by qualified personnel,” GBPC’s statement noted.
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