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Cabinet has approved measures aimed at reducing the estimated $2.8 billion electricity costs to the State for island’s 93,000 street lights.

Speaking at Wednesday’s (December 19) Jamaica House Media Briefing, at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, announced that Cabinet has approved the introduction of policy standards on the type and characteristics of street lights, to enable the use of “the most energy efficient and cost efficient units."

The Minister said that implementation of this policy will be underpinned by the requisite regulations, which are expected to yield “significant” savings on street light costs.

Senator Falconer said Cabinet has also authorized the exploration of “feasible options” for the introduction of light-emitting diode (LED) street lights, on a “wide scale,” across the island.

On another matter, Senator Falconer informed that Cabinet has approved the awarding of a contract in the sum of just over $407 million to Asphaltic Concrete Enterprise Limited, and Bacchus Engineering Works Limited, to undertake the replacement of some 15 kilometres of pipelines from Scott’s Cove to Belmont in Westmoreland.

She said that the project, which is being funded through a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), forms part of the Jamaica Transportation Infrastructure Rehabilitation Programme.

The programme facilitates rehabilitation of essential portions of the main road system, thereby ensuring physical continuity of the primary network by minimising the impact of flooding.