The Electricity Appeal Tribunal will decide in September whether the Jamaica Public Service Company, JPS, should refund its customers almost $1-billion.

In February, the Office of Utilities Regulation, OUR, directed the JPS to refund customers within six months.

The OUR said JPS had imposed $973-million in charges on customers, claiming it was for foreign exchange adjustments on fuel supplied by Petrojam between March and December 2013.

The JPS is appealing the decision on the grounds that the charges are a legitimate business cost due mainly to the devaluation of the Jamaican Dollar.

Public Education Specialist at the OUR, Elizabeth Bennett Marsh, confirmed to our news centre today that the appeal will be heard in September.

She says the Electricity Appeals Tribunal has already held a preliminary hearing.

Last week, Opposition Spokesman on Energy, Robert Montague called for an update on the refund process, due to the fast approach of the deadline given to the JPS to make the payment.