Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says the benefits from the use of alternative and renewable energy across Jamaica are beginning to flow, and will amount to savings in the country’s oil importation bill.
“The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) is telling me that there has been a significant reduction in the use of electricity in the country over the last two years. This means that people are actually now paying less for electricity, and that we are going to see, I believe this year, savings in the total amount of money we spend on imported fossil fuel,” the Minister said.
In an interview with JIS News, following a tour of some 50 booths at the Jamaica Alternative Energy Expo and Conference, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James, on September 20, Mr. Paulwell said that if the demand is reducing as rapidly as is being reported by the JPSCo., then the benefits will be evident in the near future.
The two-day conference and energy expo showcase the latest in technology on how to counter high energy and utility bills.
Minister Paulwell described the expo as an excellent one, adding that he was very pleased that almost all the businesses with exhibits have told him that they are doing well economically.
“They have attributed that largely to the removal of taxation, both import duties and GCT, that we were able to effect last year, and also the marketing and advocacy that the Ministry have been doing,” he said.
The Minister appealed to the wider Western Jamaica community to support the expo, and start to adopt some of the cost saving systems that are being exhibited.
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