Monthly Archives: December 2015

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No cause to celebrate Paris climate agreement

Small island states lost out to their larger, more industrialised seniors at COP21.   The results of the climate change conference in Paris (COP21) give no reason for small island states to cheer. The agreement reflects many promises and little action. The one item of concrete action is merely an undertaking to evaluate carbon emissions [...]

By | 2015-12-22T22:10:22+00:00 December 22nd, 2015|

What Just Happened in Solar Is a Bigger Deal Than Oil Exports

The clean-energy boom is about to be transformed. In a surprise move, U.S. lawmakers agreed to extend tax credits for solar and wind for another five years. This will give an unprecedented boost to the industry and change the course of deployment in the U.S. The extension will add an extra 20 gigawatts of solar power—more than every panel ever installed [...]

By | 2015-12-21T23:41:43+00:00 December 21st, 2015|

No cause to celebrate Paris climate agreement

Sir Ronald Saunders   Small island states lost out to their larger, more industralised seniors at COP21.   The results of the climate change conference in Paris (COP21) give no reason for small island states to cheer. The agreement reflects many promises and little action. The one item of concrete action is merely an undertaking [...]

By | 2015-12-21T20:03:22+00:00 December 21st, 2015|

Congress Passes Tax Credits for Solar and Wind: ‘Sausage-Making at Its Most Intense’

The biggest federal policy development of the year for renewables plays out on Congress’ last day of work in 2015. Lawmakers in the House and Senate passed a spending package today that includes multi-year extensions of solar and wind tax credits, plus one-year extensions for a range of other renewable energy technologies. The pair of [...]

By | 2015-12-18T19:28:42+00:00 December 18th, 2015|

JPS To Offer Prepaid Meters Islandwide Next Year

A Jamaica Public Service technician at work seeking to regularize electricity supply in Denham Town, Kingston. Utility provider Jamaica Public Service (JPS) will offer prepaid service in all parishes next year, but expects power consumption to dip slightly in the process. The prepaid service will become available to all residential customers who opt for it, [...]

By | 2015-12-18T15:01:19+00:00 December 18th, 2015|

Make Climate Change A Personal Issue – US Diplomat

Errol Paisley (third left) of Stony Hill, St Andrew, accepts from Joshua Polacheck, counsellor for Public Affairs at the United States (US) Embassy, the $150,000 reward for the community’s winning effort of collecting 1,250 pounds of PET bottles in less than a month during Operation Clean Sweep. Also sharing in the occasion are project director [...]

By | 2015-12-18T14:56:37+00:00 December 18th, 2015|

JPS Closing Negotiations With Alternate Bidder For 190mW Project

The Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd (JPS) has made good on its pledge to activate alternative plans to ensure the execution of the proposed 190-megawatt power plant at Old Harbour in St Catherine. Yesterday, the light and power company said it was now in the final stages of negotiations with an alternate bidder to provide engineering, [...]

By | 2015-12-18T14:42:08+00:00 December 18th, 2015|

Petrojam increases non-Venezuelan imports of crude oil

Petrojam, the government of Jamaica and Venezuela-owned refinery in Kingston, indicated on Monday that shipments of crude oil crude from Venezuela have increased somewhat, growing from an average 313,886 barrels imported per shipment between January 1 and December 1, 2014, to 344, 000 barrels per shipment this year. For the 2014 period, 19 shipments were [...]

By | 2015-12-17T14:41:12+00:00 December 17th, 2015|

New Climate Deal A Signal To Private Sector

Khan ... I would say to the private sector, look at investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The new global climate deal, reached after two weeks of intense negotiations, is a signal to the private sector, local and international, of the need to reassess current investment flows. Jamaican negotiator Dr Orville Grey said the [...]

By | 2015-12-16T15:08:59+00:00 December 16th, 2015|

CURE taking JPS case to Privy Council

The Privy Council in London comforts foreign investors. THE Court of Appeal yesterday gave lobby group Citizens United for the Reduction of Electricity (CURE) final leave to take its fight regarding the Jamaica Public Service’s (JPS) exclusive licence to the UK-based Privy Council. The appellate court, in March of this year, gave CURE provisional leave [...]

By | 2015-12-15T19:27:26+00:00 December 15th, 2015|