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NCU Participates in Caricom Energy Week

An Energy Forum aimed at promoting the conservation of energy and fostering greater use of renewable energy was held on Wednesday, November 9 by NCU’s Department of Mathematics & Engineering from the College of Natural & Applied Sciences at the NCU Gymnatorium. The Forum was an initiative of the department to join in the celebration of CARICOM Energy Week which ran from November 6-11, 2011.

Guided by the theme, “Renewable Energy is Essential for a Sustainable Future,” experts in field of renewable energy engaged in discourse on the matter. Worthy of note were issues ranging from “the high cost of energy” to the “amount of wattage that Jamaica produces per-annum,”

NCU Alumni, Curtis Deenah, Technical Information Officer, CEIS, Scientific Research Council

Mr. Gerald C. Lindo, Senior Energy Engineer from the Ministry of Energy and Mining explained, “Like many island nations such as Jamaica, the ability to generate electricity and provide energy services to its teeming population, in a macro-economic and fiscally responsible manner, is very important.” He continued, “Today we are faced with high energy demand and to cushion that blow, we want to move to renewable energy and though portrayed by the many as expensive and un-affordable, energy sources such as Wind and Hydro are in our reach.”

Mr. Niconor Rease, Project Engineer of Biofuels with the Jamaica Petroleum Co-operation shared, “In terms of renewable energy Jamaica right now has approximately 9% and by the year 2030 we hope to have achieved 20% or more.  We need to diversify our energy sources which call for us to investigate options such as wind, water and solar energy.”

Morris Hutchinson, Alternate Energy Plus representative explained, “Economic growth is dependent on our energy.  In comparison to the other countries in the Caribbean, Jamaica covers a shocking quarter of the regions petroleum imports, this is unfortunate but true. We are spending much more than we are making.  As a result we are sinking further in debt.”

NCU Alumni, Curtis Deenah, Technical Information Officer with the Scientific Research Council posited, “If we continue as a country on this path not only will our economy continue to decline but we will continue to be classified as third world.” According to Deena, “We face many challenges in terms of solid waste dependency and we need to act fast as our survival is dependent on the decisions we make now.”

Forums such as these serve to foster behaviour change in energy use, as well as conservation and to bring awareness to other possible sources of energy which may be beneficial to Jamaica’s growth as an economic unit.

Source: NCU



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