Meter Bypass Remediation Plan
During a recent meter audit, Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) uncovered fake “energy saving” devices that are doing nothing, but were installed to cover up unsafe electricity meter diversions.
GBPC is very concerned for the safety of the public and our workforce due to the fact that customers are either connected directly to GBPC's power system via a dangerous meter bypass, or their meter system was tampered with to under-read actual usage. These installations are extremely dangerous and do not comply with the requirements of the Building Code. It is important that the equipment is isolated properly to avoid any serious loss or life-threatening damage.
Safety of the public and our workers is our first priority. To ensure that the non-compliant installations are rectified as soon as possible GBPC has developed an emergency remediation program. We are offering this program to all businesses impacted by our audit thus far, and to the public at large, in order to reduce the significant public safety risk on the island.
How can you help?
Presently, the number of non-compliant installations is unknown to us. We are therefore urgently asking members of the public to report any instances of these fake boxes in order that the dangerous installations and meter bypasses can be removed by qualified personnel. In an effort to ensure this safety issue is remediated within the shortest possible time, GBPC advises the public as follows:
- Report the presence of the fake boxes and associated equipment to GBPC on 352-8411, toll-free at 242-300-4826 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. If you’re not sure if what you were sold is the same as the ones described above, please contact us in any event.
- GBPC will inspect and address any immediate safety risks. This may require a short power outage.
- GBPC will make reasonable arrangements for customers to pay for the electricity which has been used but not metered and billed, fully resolving the matter with GBPC.
CUSTOMERS ARE REMINDED TO ALWAYS USE THE SERVICES OF A LICENSED ELECTRICIAN FOR WORK ON LIVE ELECTRICAL WIRING, AND MUST HAVE THE POWER SUPPLY ISOLATED AT THE POLE OR TRANSFORMER BY GBPC TO WORK SAFELY.
GBPC is, and will continue to be, the leading advocate for the adoption of energy savings and renewable energy on the Island, and we will continue to provide our customers with the support they need to legitimately reduce their energy costs.