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Acting Group Managing Director of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Nigel Logan is calling on Jamaicans to adopt energy conservation and efficiency as a way of life instead of a knee-jerk reaction to surges in energy prices.

Mr. Logan noted that as the country moves to reduce its dependence on oil through the development of its renewable energy capabilities and the eventual transition to natural gas, Jamaicans can offer themselves some protection against increases in oil prices by incorporating energy efficient technologies and practices in every aspect of their lives.

“While the latest surge in energy prices is likely to cause some pain, there are things that we can do in the short term to temper the effects. We have to reduce our energy use and what we do use, we must make sure to use it more efficiently. The current situation has more than a feeling of d`eja? vu and what we must ensure is that as a country and individuals, we do things to prepare ourselves so that we are less vulnerable”, he explained.

As part of this preparation Mr. Logan is encouraging the public to participate in the PCJ’s Energy Seminar Series which will have its second staging on Wednesday March 16, at the PCJ Auditorium commencing at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. The seminar will also be streamed live at www.pcj.com and will focus on:

·        Light-emitting Diode (LED) Lighting Technologies

·        Induction Lighting

·        The Ministry of Energy and Mining’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme

The mandate of the PCJ is to undertake the development and promotion of Jamaica's energy resources in a manner that is beneficial to the country and protects the environment. On Thursday March 3, 2011 the PCJ hosted the first in its series of energy seminars which saw a turnout of approximately 80 persons.

Under the theme “Jamaica’s Energy Future” the PCJ will host a number of seminars in Kingston and other parishes throughout the year to foster informed public discussion on energy related issues.


Issued by: The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica