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Revision of national energy policy to be completed by month end

Minister of Energy and Mining James Robertson (head of table) makes a point during a meeting with members of the public sector energy stakeholders group on Thursday May 28, 2009 at the Ministry of Energy and Mining in Kingston. Minister Robertson and the stakeholders identified and discussed ongoing energy related initiatives being undertaken by public agencies as well as proposed initiatives to come on stream in the near future.

Minister of Energy and Mining James Robertson (head of table) makes a point during a meeting with members of the public sector energy stakeholders group on Thursday May 28, 2009 at the Ministry of Energy and Mining in Kingston. Minister Robertson and the stakeholders identified and discussed ongoing energy related initiatives being undertaken by public agencies as well as proposed initiatives to come on stream in the near future.

The review of the National Energy Policy mandated by Prime Minister Bruce Golding will be ready at the end of the month, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mining Marcia Forbes announced last Thursday.


Forbes, who has been at the James Robertson-led ministry for only two months, said while the policy was important, it was “only the tip of the iceberg” as there are a number of other accompanying policies which will chart the way forward with respect to the country’s energy needs.


These, she said, include policies concerning bio fuels, carbon emissions, renewable energy options and the conversion of waste to energy.


The permanent secretary urged stakeholders to be patient as the policies are developed.


“Those who are in Government know that policies take time, and they take time largely because of the consultative process,” she said
She noted that more Jamaicans were becoming aware of the importance of energy to the country’s development.


Last month Forbes announced the appointment of a five-man team to examine and make necessary adjustments to the National Energy Policy which was tabled as a Green Paper in Parliament in 2006.


The Green Paper highlights Government’s programmes and plans to effectively manage and develop Jamaica’s energy sector.


It aims, among other things, to ensure stable and adequate energy supplies at the least economic cost; reduce Jamaica’s dependence on oil through development of renewable energy sources and technologies as well as bio-fuels; and minimise the adverse environmental effects and pollution caused by the production, storage, transport and use of energy.



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