Residents with outstanding bill payments to the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) are being advised to settle their debts now that the power company has improved its disconnection capabilities.
The BVIEC announced yesterday that it now can make disconnections remotely.
With this capability, the Electricity Corporation is warning residents of early-morning power cuts for unpaid bills.
“Customers in arrears are remotely disconnected as early as 8 am,” the BVIEC said. “The Corporation is therefore advising all customers to pay outstanding bills to avoid disconnection.”
This news comes months after the conclusion of the BVIEC’s amnesty programme in which select consumers were exempted from making electricity payments for three months.
At the time, Premier Andrew Fahie
said the amnesty was part of the government’s economic stimulus-response to COVID-19.
To minimise the risk of individuals taking advantage of the initiative, domestic consumers could only receive amnesty on electricity payments of up to $80 while small businesses had amnesty for up to $150.