A sum of $396 million has been allocated in the 2012/13 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives, for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Programme.
The money will be spent to enhance Jamaica’s energy efficiency and energy conservation potential through the design and implementation of cost savings measures in the public sector.
As of March 2012, a loan agreement has been signed; draft operations manual for the programme prepared; investment plan to retrofit public sector facilities completed; calendar of works completed; engagement of project staff has been undertaken; and the implementation plan has been completed.
Targets for the 2012/13 fiscal year include: engagement of project staff; procurement and deployment of energy efficient equipment; engagement of external auditor for the project; replacement of inefficient lighting; replacement of inefficient air conditioning systems; retrofitting and insulation of building envelopes; commencement of public education campaign; and staging of workshops in energy efficiency management in the public sector.
The programme is funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter American Development Bank and is expected to conclude in December 2015.
By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter