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EUCI’s Jamaica Power Summit Delivers an engaging forum on power issues and opportunities for Jamaica.

Minister of Energy announces new developments in Jamaica’s energy sector.

April 19- 20, 2012, Kingston, Jamaica


The EUCI Jamaica Power Summit held in Kingston, Jamaica April 19-20, 2012 was opened by remarks from the Honorable Philip Paulwell, Minister of Science & Technology, Energy & Mining who took the opportunity  to give several key updates on Jamaica’s energy future, focus and drive.

Honorable Philip Paulwell, Minister of Science & Technology, Energy & Mining (Contributed)

These key updates included:

  • Formation of Jamaica’s National Energy Council to implement the National Energy Policy
  • Drilling of exploration oil wells to begin in 2013
  • Energy Efficiency Awareness Project to be launched (on May 2, 2012.)
  • Task force assembled to see how best the country can make savings in the street lighting sector.
  • Harnessing energy from waste in collaboration with local government is also being examined.
  • The Minister has put forward to Cabinet a proposal to rescind the proviso that gives exclusivity of PCJ to handle RE development. This is hoped to open the market to investment in renewable energy.
  • Another exciting development that comes May 1, 2012 -Jamaican consumers (residential/ commercial) will be able to apply to the OUR for Net Billing energy provision license.

The Minister also added that he was no longer on the grid and that his home was powered by a PV system a few days ago. He also has excess capacity and will be making a future application to the Net Billing energy provision license.

Jeane Nikolai, M. Arch, CFM, Director-Energy, Ministry of Environment, Planning and Infrastructure Strategy for the Government of Bermuda

The Minister’s speech was followed by a presentation from Ms. Jeane Nikolai, M. Arch, CFM, Director-Energy, Ministry of Environment, Planning and Infrastructure Strategy for the Government of Bermuda. She gave an overview of Bermuda’s energy profile and gave an engaging and informative presentation.

Mr. Andrew Lewis, Regulatory Engineer, OUR presented on “Facilitating the Sale of Excess Energy from Small Renewables: The Standard Offer Contract.” Mr. Lewis also spoke on the role of the Office of Utility Regulations; he spoke to the laws and policies governing the sector and discussed the renewable energy technologies in terms of addition of new generating capacity and the Standard Offer Contract (SOC). Mr. Lewis disclosed that ten (10) customers have made application for the SOC.

Mr. Thomas Timmins, Partner, Gowling Lafluer Henderson LLP presented on “Creating the Condition: Power Project Finance 101” and gave an insightful look at Canada’s experience in several key areas of energy and legislation such as Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff; domestic content grid and initiatives and legislative policy that led to the establishment of new industries in the RE sector including the development of solar panels.

Mr. Thomas Timmins, Partner, Gowling Lafluer Henderson LLP

The “How to Structure Renewable Energy Projects” panel session followed and speakers during this section included Stefan Wright, Senior Investment Officer, Structured and Corporate Finance, Inter-American Development Bank; Mr. Edison Galbraith, General Manager- Loan Origination and Portfolio Management, Development Bank of Jamaica Limited who presented on the plethora  of energy financing avenues that the institution supports in Jamaica such as the household loans on energy recently made available.

Jim Duffy, Partner, Nixon Peabody

The panel closed with a presentation from Jim Duffy, Partner, Nixon Peabody  whose presentation included topics such as Renewable Energy Certificates-that are high penalties imposed of the utility companies miss their RE targets. He also advocated for residential funds where homeowners enter into a 20-25 year power purchase agreement with a fund investor and can come off the grid with RE installations in their homes.

Martina Daba, Director of Business Development, CUBE Engineering GmbH

Martina Daba, Director of Business Development, CUBE Engineering GmbH made her presentation on Island Grid Modeling software such as Energy Pro and Homer software.

Dr. Oliver Jones, CEO, Everwild Energy Solutions Caribbean presented on Alternative Energy Solutions Markets.

President of North Star Development Ltd., Mark Tippet presented on financing and structure for industrial energy efficiency.

The first day’s roster of presenters later closed with Mike Hart, President, Sierra Energy who made a presentation on “Island Trash to Community Treasure”.

DAY II

President of North Star Development Ltd., Mark Tippet

The second day of the summit commenced with Mark Tippet’s presentation on “ Wind Development- Challenges in Small Island Environments,” and explained several issues developers do face. The company in the Q&A also addressed issues such as lessons learnt from the Windwatt wind farm on Nevis (1.1 MW) and highlighted plans to fund capacity building in the Caribbean so that local expertise can be build to ensure the sustainability of wind projects for long term viability.

Dr. Everton H. Flemming, CEO, AOE Company Ltd, Chine Strategy & Policy Developer, RE Management

Under the theme, “ Solar PV- Insight to Development on Jamaica” two presentations were made. The first was by Dr. Everton H. Flemming, CEO, AOE Company Ltd, Chine Strategy & Policy Developer, RE Management. In his detailed presentation, Dr. Flemming spoke to a potential PV plant being places on the South Coast of Jamaica such as Savannah la Mar and highlighted the need for JPS to transition from an analog to the digital system for real time billing.

Mr. Kirt Mayland, Director of Business Development/ General Counsel, Barron Partners / Soltas Energy

Continuing on the theme, Mr. Kirt Mayland, Director of Business Development/ General Counsel, Barron Partners / Soltas Energy gave his presentation that included several recommendations including that for a robust net metering and incentives system for the commercial and private sector.

Attendees engage in a Q&A session at the summit.

JPS was represented by Mr. Montac who spoke on the 360 MW Natural Gas Project- A Viable Option for Electricity Generation. This project is based firmly on the delivery of LNG which the company expects will reduce electricity costs by more than 30% relative to the option of maintaining the status quo.  The expected savings to be realized would be USD$217 million/ year on savings for Jamaica on imported fuel oil. The 6.3 MW Maggoty hydropower plant project was also mentioned as one of the latest initiatives in RE.

The conference later closed with a comprehensive integrated scenario panel that was moderated by Mr. Leo Williams, CEO, Williams & Associates Investment Ltd. The panelists included Jeane Nikolai; Jim Duffy; Martina Dabo; Dr. Everton Flemming and a representative from the Jamaica Public Service.  The discussion covered a wide range of topics including PPA issues;  development issues on the island; PV panel efficiency and future pricing markets for LNG and solar.

The EUCI Jamaica Power Summit was sponsored by the Jamaica Public Service, Williams & Associates Investments Ltd., Merger Market, the Caribbean Energy Information System and the Scientific Research Council.

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Report and Photography by Caribbean Energy Information System



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