Monthly Archives: January 2017


Divesting Gov’t Shares In JPS At This Time Ill-Advised – Paulwell

Opposition spokesman on Mining and Energy, Phillip Paulwell, is describing as ill-advised and untimely the latest proposal by the Government to divest its 19.9 per cent stake in the Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd (JPS). Paulwell, who said that Finance and Public Service Minister Audley Shaw recently alluded to the divestment of the Government's shares [...]

By | 2017-01-30T15:03:15+00:00 January 30th, 2017|

Energy Minister Dismisses Reports Of Coal Plant

ENERGY MINISTER Andrew Wheatley has sought to quiet ongoing concerns over reports that the new Chinese owners of ALPART, Jiuguan Iron and Steel, are looking to set up a 1,000-megawatt coal plant in Jamaica to support their operations. "Where we are right now, we have not received any application, any proposal, as it relates to [...]

By | 2017-01-26T23:00:30+00:00 January 26th, 2017|

JPS Jolted By Licence-Review Suggestion

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is preparing for a battle with the Government over any attempt to review its operating licence. The JPS was put on its guard last Friday when Government senator and chief technical adviser to the finance minister, Aubyn Hill, declared that the Andrew Holness-led administration is obliged to review the [...]

By | 2017-01-23T02:06:12+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|

JPS Making New Kingston Bright, Smart

This is one of the 330 smart-ready street lights in New Kingston which the JPS has retrofitted to accommodate the addition of intelligent controls to the LED fixtures for the maintenance and controls of lights in the area. The smart street light initiative will be rolled out from 2017-2020. The plan to transform Kingston into [...]

By | 2017-01-17T22:51:25+00:00 January 17th, 2017|

Advocates Advised To Maintain Gender And Climate Change Body

  The effort to mainstream gender in climate change considerations while cementing the place of women in decision-making in that arena has a supporter in Dr James Fletcher, recent head of the CARICOM Task Force on Sustainable Development. "Women are disproportionately affected by climate change, particularly in small-island developing states. Anytime here in Saint Lucia, [...]

By | 2017-01-17T22:48:19+00:00 January 17th, 2017|

JPS Says 20,000 Customers Still Without Power Due To Heavy Winds

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says at least 20,000 customers are still without power due to the impact of heavy winds across Jamaica. The heavy winds are being caused by a Cold Front which is affecting the island. Corporate Communications Officer at the JPS, Audrey Williams, says the restoration efforts by work crews are [...]

By | 2017-01-11T00:37:35+00:00 January 11th, 2017|

Energy Ministry Now Responsible For Net Billing, Wheeling

As of January 1, 2017 the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology took over responsibility for applications for net billing, electric power wheeling and auxiliary connections. Information about the new arrangements, posted on the ministry website, comes after a period of uncertainty characterised by legislative changes, delays and temporary arrangements. Minister of Science, Energy and [...]

By | 2017-01-04T16:39:25+00:00 January 4th, 2017|

Solar Could Beat Coal to Become the Cheapest Power on Earth

Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. In less than a decade, it’s likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere. In 2016, countries from Chile to the United Arab Emirates broke records with deals to generate electricity from sunshine for less than 3 cents a kilowatt-hour, half the [...]

By | 2017-01-03T16:56:03+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|

Listen To The Science On Climate Change, IPCC Head Urges Governments

HEAD OF the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Hoesung Lee has urged attention and focus on the science and not politics in decision-making about climate change. "One common question (at the Marrakech climate talks held recently in Morocco) was whether political developments in some countries could hinder the global community in providing a science-based [...]

By | 2017-01-03T16:51:23+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|