Green Paper on Energy Policy Available for Public Discussion


The Green Paper on Jamaica’s Energy Policy, which was tabled last year in the House of Representatives by the Minister of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce, Phillip Paulwell, is now in the public domain for discussion.
This was disclosed by the Minister as he made his contribution to the 2007/08 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, yesterday (June 6).
The Green Paper provides a framework for Jamaica’s future energy policy and programmes, and is available to engage stakeholders in meaningful dialogue.
“Consultation is a critical part of the process. We have started a series of public consultations to take this document to stakeholders, to investors in energy, to the productive sector and to Jamaicans across the island,” said Mr. Paulwell.
The Green Paper also focuses on measures to change Jamaica’s heavy dependence on petroleum-based energy. It also addresses development strategies for alternative and renewable solutions.
“The measures proposed will affect us all and will require consensus for effective implementation. We want feedback on the proposed solutions and above all, we want commitment to the implementation of the Policy as national priority,” he added.
Mr. Paulwell also informed that the Green Paper made explicit reference to the security of energy supply and issues such as transportation, financing, energy investments and petroleum taxation.

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