Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, 234 kilometres (145 mi) in length and as much as 80 kilometres (50 mi) in width situated in the Caribbean Sea. It is about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 190 kilometres (120 mi) west of the island of Hispaniola, on which Haiti and the Dominican Republic are situated.


It is the third most populous anglophone country in North America, after the United States and Canada. It remains a Commonwealth realm.


Jamaica’s electrical power is produced by diesel (bunker oil) generators located in Old Harbour. Small hydroelectric plants are located on the White River, Rio Bueno, Morant River, Black River (Maggotty) and Roaring River.


A wind farm, owned by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, was established at Wigton, Manchester.


In November 2008, Jamaica launched its E10 blended gasoline to motorists.


Energy Division

The Energy Division of the Ministry oversees the functioning of the energy sector. It monitors energy supplies and the identification alternative energy sources, as well as energy conservation. The Division works with:


* The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) in relation to petroleum and petroleum products.
* The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPSCo) in connection with light and power.
* The Rural Electrification Programme (REP) regarding the supply of electricity to non-urban areas.

The Energy Division is involved with energy-related policy-making and policy implementation.
The following Agencies fall under the portfolio of the Energy Division:


* Electricity Authority
* Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
* Petrojam Limited
* Petroleum Company of Jamaica
* Rural Electrification Programme
* Petrojam/Ethanol Company Limited
* Wigton Windfarm Limited


Some Achievements:

  • -National Energy Policy (2010-2030)
  • -Draft Sub-Policies such as for Renewable Energy
  • -Munro Wind Farm
  • -Wigton Wind Farm
  • -National Solar Water Heater Loans


CIPORE Focal Point Office

Yvonne Barrett-Edwards

Ministry of Science  Energy & Technology (MSET)
Kingston, Jamaica
Work: 929-8990-4
E-Mail: yedwards@mset.gov.jm or support@cipore.org

Fast Facts

  • Capital: Kingston
  • Official Languages: English
  • Demonym: Jamaica
  • Government: Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy
  • Independence: 6 August 1962
  • Area: 11,100 km2/4,444 sq mi
  • Population: 2,804,332 (est. 2008)
  • Currency: Jamaican dollar

RE Snap Shot

  • RE Interests: Wind, solar, hydropower, biomass (biofuels, waste-to-energy)
  • RE Target: 15% by 2020
  • Utility Company: Jamaica Public Service
  • RE in Grid Supply: Wind, hydropower
  • Energy Institutions: Ministry of Energy, Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Caribbean Energy Information System/ Scientific Research Council, UTECH, UWI, Office of Utilities Regulation

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