Residents on the sister isle of Petite Martinique (PM) are now clearer about the operations of the Grenada Electricity company (Grenlec), as the island’s sole electricity provider took its outreach community awareness programme to the island last week Thursday.
A GRENLEC team that included Prudence Greenidge, Corporate Communications Manager; Manager of the Carriacou and Petite Martinique Department, Wallace Collins and Juseno Jacob , Electrical Engineer met with the residents at the Petite Martinique RC School.
The officials gave the gathering a comprehensive detailed account of the operations of the company which is due to see a lot of its tax concessions reduced significantly by the one-year old government of Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell.
Armed with a slide show the team outlined areas such as Grenlec’s strategic practices, Service Excellence, Corporate social responsibility, as well as Alternative/Renewable energy, Business Climate among others.
The GRENLEC officials also provided data to illustrate the cost of fuel over the years and the finances the company have been shouldering in order to prevent the true cost of electricity from reaching customers – a cost they said if not absorbed by the company would result in persons having to pay more on their electricity bills.
This, high cost, according to the officials is largely due to inflation with respect to oil prices.
The residents of Petite Martinique were also told that GRENLEC makes contributions as a good corporate citizen to the State through various sectors of the society such as education, infrastructure, culture, social needs, sports, festivals and health.
Some 49,072 Customers are currently enjoying the services of the company on the mainland , while Carriacou has 3,272 and 320 on Petite Martinique.
Several questions came from the floor including the recent announcement of the rise in electricity rate and the current status of negotiations with the Government on the sale of GRENLEC.
Members of the company also took the opportunity to guide those at the meeting on electricity conservation measures, if they are to lower their electricity bills.