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JSEA Public Forum on Climate Change

The Jamaica Solar Energy Association (JSEA) hosted  a Public Forum on Energy on Monday, June 18, 2012.  Presenters  Anthony Lambkin and Eleanor Ereira  from  the InfoDev  World Bank Group gave a brief outline of  plans for the establishment  of a Caribbean Innovation Centre  under its Climate Technology Programme.

Similar  programmes  are  already  operational in seven (7) countries in various parts of the world.  One of the  main objective of the Centre  is to assist in designing solutions to help overcome problems of  entrepreneurs  thereby  bridging  the gap between the public and private sector while   supporting innovation through investments in Small and Medium Size Enterprises.

Funding is  available from  the Centre in the form of grants and loans.

Discussions also centered around a  presentation on  conditions for decoupling electricity generation, transmission and distribution in Jamaica done by  Mr Alberto Gonsalez – Erasmus Mundus,  Sustainable Energy Systems, Programme His  presentation looked at several countries where decoupling/separation of functions in the electricity market was taking place and how this was  being done.

The countries cited  included, inter alia, Belize and Suriname in the Caribbean as well as Slovenia, New Zealand and the Canary Islands.

Dr.  Conrad  Douglas, Chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Committee bought greetings on behalf of the Minister of Environment, Water and Lands.  He lauded the work of the Solar Energy Society so far, urging that it  look to  technologies that  were affordable, had popular acceptability, were environmentally- friendly and ,if possible, could led to job creation.

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