Monthly Archives: May 2016

Honey Bun’s solar energy system a positive move for growth – Industry Minister

KINGSTON, Jamaica –The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, & Fisheries (MICAF) has described Honey Bun’s newly-installed solar-energy system as a positive development for growth, job creation, and competitiveness. Speaking on behalf of Minister Karl Samuda on Friday, at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the system at Retirement Road, Kingston, Director General in the ministry, Vivian [...]

By | 2016-05-28T19:27:35+00:00 May 28th, 2016|

JPS To Invest $6.5b In Smart Meters, Estimates Illegal Connections Of 180,000

Norman Grindley A JPS technician works on power lines in this 2015 Gleaner file photo. Power utility company Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has reassessed the cost of its smart metering programme, aimed at curtailing energy losses and possibly electricity theft, at US$52 million ($6.5 billion) to be spent over five years. Concurrently, the JPS revealed [...]

By | 2016-05-25T18:44:53+00:00 May 25th, 2016|

UN Ready To Help Region Secure Clean Energy

Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Energy for All Rachel Kyte has said her organisation is ready to partner with Caribbean governments and institutions to secure a clean, affordable and reliable energy future. She was delivering the William G. Demas Memorial Lecture at the Caribbean Development Bank's (CDB) 46th annual Board of [...]

By | 2016-05-24T18:42:34+00:00 May 24th, 2016|

JPS wants big jump in annual tariff adjustment 10% increase!

Kelly Tomblin   Light and power company Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has asked the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) to approve an increase in its annual revenue target to $45.07 billion, up from a base year target of $40.6 billion, or a jump of 9.53 per cent. “This increase includes fluctuations in the value of [...]

By | 2016-05-24T16:51:13+00:00 May 24th, 2016|

Oil company records from 1960s reveal patents to reduce CO2 emissions in cars

 ExxonMobil and others pursued research into technologies, yet blocked government efforts to fight climate change for more than 50 years, findings show The patent records were among a new trove of documents published by the Center for International Environmental Law, and deepen the public relations challenge for Exxon. Photograph: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters The forerunners of ExxonMobil [...]

By | 2016-05-24T15:46:49+00:00 May 24th, 2016|

Caribbean Youth Get Their Say On Climate Change

WITH the launch of Caribbean Climate Trackers, the region's youth now have the chance to become more vocal on climate change. The youth-led writing initiative, as hub manager Dizzanne Billy describes it, is intended "to identify and support young climate actors from around the world". With its genesis as the Adopt-A-Negotiator initiative, the effort was [...]

By | 2016-05-24T15:05:21+00:00 May 24th, 2016|

UN Ready To Help Region Secure Clean Energy

Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Energy for All Rachel Kyte has said her organisation is ready to partner with Caribbean governments and institutions to secure a clean, affordable and reliable energy future. She was delivering the William G. Demas Memorial Lecture at the Caribbean Development Bank's (CDB) 46th annual Board of [...]

By | 2016-05-22T23:49:49+00:00 May 22nd, 2016|

OUR Won’t Allow Bogue Delay To Lead To Higher Light Bills

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) says it will ensure that power utility Jamaica Public Service Company does not increase bills to consumers based on the delay in the delivery of cheaper gas fuel. The first delivery of liquefied natural gas - LNG - by JPS' supplier was expected in April, but has been pushed [...]

By | 2016-05-20T15:47:25+00:00 May 20th, 2016|

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

Zero emission milestone reached as country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours As recently as 2013, renewables provided only about 23% of Portugal’s electricity. By 2015 that figure had risen to 48%. Photograph: Pete Titmuss/Alamy Stock Photo  Portugal kept its lights on with renewable energy alone for four consecutive [...]

By | 2016-05-19T13:09:54+00:00 May 19th, 2016|

Oil Prices Will Rise Again, Biden Warns Caribbean

United States (US) Vice-President Joe Biden has warned regional leaders that volatile oil prices will return. On this basis, he is urging them to use every opportunity to explore clean and alternative energy sources to bolster the prosperity of the Caribbean and Central America. "This is a moment of opportunity to turn that progress into [...]

By | 2016-05-17T21:26:33+00:00 May 17th, 2016|