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Cabinet approves first meeting of National Energy Council in Jamaica

The National Energy Council has received Cabinet approval and is set to have its first meeting shortly.

Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell told RJR News that the bipartisan Council was approved at the Cabinet meeting on March 12.

The National Energy Council is a broad based entity which includes representation from other key stakeholder groups, including the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association, the Jamaica Exporters’ Association, renewable energy entrepreneurs and consumer advocacy groups.

Mr. Paulwell says the Council which is seeking to achieve significant reductions in energy cost is also aimed at getting Jamaicans to support the use of renewable energy sources.

“I am in touch with the membership , once we get confirmation from them we will make the appriate announcement, we are going to have to look at the initiatives to lower the price of electricity and some of the things that we are doing today with renewable energy on how we can expand and encourage Jamaicans to know more about renewable resources” said the Energy Minister.

The Council is also expected to consider the expansion of the ratio between fossil fuel sources and renewable fuel sources from 20 per cent up to about 30 per cent by the year 2030.

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