Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Protection Failure – JPS Says System Flaw Caused Islandwide Blackout

Early indications from the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) have pointed to a breakdown in its protection systems as the most likely cause of the islandwide power outage that occurred over the weekend. While the company has said that more fulsome investigations into the issue will take time, it has confirmed that the outage was triggered [...]

By | 2016-08-30T17:22:55+00:00 August 30th, 2016|

Protection Failure – JPS Says System Flaw Caused Islandwide Blackout

Winsome Callum Early indications from the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) have pointed to a breakdown in its protection systems as the most likely cause of the islandwide power outage that occurred over the weekend. While the company has said that more fulsome investigations into the issue will take time, it has confirmed that the outage [...]

By | 2016-08-30T17:13:20+00:00 August 30th, 2016|

Keep Commitment To Transition To Low-Carbon Economy, Urges UN Climate Change Office

The United Nations (UN) climate change secretariat has added its voice to concerns being raised about a proposal made by China's Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO) for the construction of a coal-fired plant in St Elizabeth. The proposal was announced after JISCO completed a deal to acquire the Alpart alumina factory from Russian company, [...]

By | 2016-08-26T17:21:25+00:00 August 26th, 2016|

Engineer Says Alpart Could Be Operated Solely On Renewable Energy

Consulting engineer Howard Chin is making the case for the Alpart plant, which was recently acquired by Chinese firm Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company Ltd (JISCO), to be operated entirely using renewable energy. JISCO has announced plans to invest US$2 billion to expand the plant which will see the addition of an aluminium smelter powered [...]

By | 2016-08-24T20:27:04+00:00 August 24th, 2016|

Australia Formally Bans Chinese From Leasing Power Grid

Australia's treasurer on Friday formally blocked Chinese bidders from leasing a Sydney electricity grid, saying the deal would not have been in the nation's best interest. The announcement by Treasurer Scott Morrison comes one week after he announced preliminary plans to ban Chinese state-owned State Grid Corp and Hong Kong-registered Cheung Kong Infrastructure Group from [...]

By | 2016-08-23T23:15:45+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|

BMR wind farm commissioned

Malvern, St Elizabeth — Eighteen months after ground was broken, the 36.3-megawatt wind farm run by BMR Jamaica Wind at Potsdam, Malvern, high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, was formally commissioned in mid-August. Priced at US$89.9 million, the wind project, located across the road from another wind farm run by light and power company Jamaica [...]

By | 2016-08-23T23:16:42+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|

Climate Change strategy critical to poverty reduction — IDB

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor – features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com DISCOVERY BAY, St Ann — For the past two-and-a-half years, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has spent upwards of US$660,000 growing coral in two locations in Jamaica and one site in Belize. If you’re like most people, you’re wondering why a development bank, with the broad objectives [...]

By | 2016-08-23T16:28:50+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|

LNG ushers in price stability — JPS

As LNG partner New Fortress Energy begins shipment of liquefied natural gas to the island, power distributor Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) is indicating that savings will depend on pricing, which varies from month to month. Chief Financial Officer of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) Dan Theoc told the Jamaica Observer: “The cost of [...]

By | 2016-08-19T16:23:46+00:00 August 19th, 2016|