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Energy security high on agenda of CELAC meeting


Regional energy security is among the many issues to be discussed at the second meeting of the ministers of Energy of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on October 24 and 25.


The two-day meeting is scheduled to take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.Jamaica is the first English-speaking country chosen to host the meeting.



Julian Robinson


“It’s an indication of the leadership that the country has displayed on matters relating to energy from the formulation of an energy policy a number of years ago to very specific initiatives,”state minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Julian Robinson said.


He pointed out that the Government has set a target of having 20 per cent of our energy generated by renewals by the year 2030.


Additionally, he said the administration has embarked on a major energy efficient programme within the public sector, which should result in a 30 per cent cost saving over a three-year period. He also cited the just concluded selection of companies by the Office of Utilities Regulation to generate some 115 megawatts of electricity. “We are trying to replace our old generating plants,”he said.


Robinson said that Jamaica and other Caribbean countries face common challenges in finding cheaper ways to produce energy.


“We are heavily indebted countries.We spend significant amounts of money importing oil,” he pointed out, noting that Jamaica spent some US$2.25 billion importing oil last year,which accounted for 15 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product.



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