Monthly Archives: May 2014

Caribbean urged to make full use of Green Climate Fund

The cost of energy in the Caribbean is the highest in the world, according to the Caribbean Development Bank, but governments have increasingly been pushing renewable sources of energy, like these solar-powered road on Highway 2000 in Jamaica. GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) - A senior official of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says the operationalising [...]

By | 2015-01-06T20:36:22+00:00 May 30th, 2014|

Stealing With Impunity

We share the concerns of paying customers of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) whose electricity will be turned off for half the day in the JPS's latest effort to combat electricity theft. Yet, we can't but empathise with the light and power company, the stealing of a large chunk of whose output is enabled [...]

By | 2015-01-06T20:38:08+00:00 May 16th, 2014|

How come?

OUR wants JPS to say why power being cut in some communities How comes THE Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has summoned Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) officials to a meeting today as public anger grows over the company's decision to cut the number of hours that power is provided to some communities in an [...]

By | 2015-01-07T16:36:22+00:00 May 13th, 2014|

Solar Energy Association Calls For Review Of Net Billing

The Jamaica Solar Energy Association says there is need for critical evaluation of the barriers which resulted in what it says was an anaemic response to net billing during the trial period which ended this month. Net billing allows renewable energy producers to sell excess power to the national grid. According to the association the [...]

By | 2015-01-07T16:44:26+00:00 May 12th, 2014|

Solar Energy Association Wants Info On 115MW Project

Solar panels The Jamaica Solar Energy Association is raising concern that there has been no word lately from the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) about the procurement for the supply of 115 megawatts of power from renewable energy sources. The association says it is calling for probity, transparency and urgency in relation to the renewable [...]

By | 2015-01-07T16:45:07+00:00 May 12th, 2014|

Paulwell seeks legal advice on possible challenge to OCG

ENERGY Minister Phillip Paulwell ENERGY Minister Phillip Paulwell is seeking legal advice from the solicitor general with a view to taking Contractor General Dirk Harrison to court over his report on the bidding process to implement the 381-megawatt energy project, according to a well-placed source. Consultations, the newspaper was informed, are already underway between the [...]

By | 2015-01-07T17:31:49+00:00 May 6th, 2014|

Bicknell Reserves Comment On EWI

  Chris Bicknell, CEO of Tank-Weld Group. A second effort at firing up the natural gas project seemed headed to derailment at midweek, but the candidate that would benefit from the collapse is keeping silent on its own readiness to step in. A licence was issued to Energy World International to build a 381 MW [...]

By | 2015-01-07T19:12:39+00:00 May 2nd, 2014|

Company with Jamaican connection offers to bail out EWI

Chinese Company A Chinese company based here has approached the Government's investment company, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (Jampro), with a view to assist with the fallout arising from Energy World International's (EWI's) failed bid to meet all the requirements to construct a booster energy plant on the island. A usually reliable source told the Jamaica Observer [...]

By | 2015-01-07T19:13:27+00:00 May 2nd, 2014|