Lethem agreed to hike in power tariffs, says PM
-residents dispute size, move to petition parliament
By Erica Williams
Prime Minister Samuel Hinds says that the increase in electricity tariff for Lethem was agreed upon between the residents and the Lethem Power Company (LPC) last year.
He said that the increase came with the understanding that the cost of electricity per Kilowatt hour (Kwh) will become more palatable when the generators arrive and start operation at the new LPC plant, which is presently being constructed.
Resident Carl Parker said that while they agreed on the increase, residents did not agree on the amount the electricity cost would be increased by. “When we received the letter informing us of the amount the electricity was increased by we were all surprised,” Parker told Stabroek News.