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  • The Government’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP) is reaping positive results.
  • $654,000 was invested in solar control film application at the Civil Aviation Authority, representing a cost savings of $3.3 million.
  • The four-year EECP, launched in 2012, is designed to make the public sector a model for how energy is to be used in Jamaica.

The Government’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP) is reaping positive results, with a number of entities in which the initiative has been implemented reporting significant reduction in energy costs.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said that at the Civil Aviation Authority, where $654,000 was invested in solar control film application, energy consumption has reduced by 25,605 kilowatt hours (kWh) after 10 months, representing a cost savings of $3.3 million.

At the National Housing Trust (NHT), he said, $1.1 million was invested in a similar system, and after one year, the consumption was reduced by 87,138 Kwh representing a cost savings of $3.5 million. Other entities, which have seen “very impressive” results, are the Spanish Town Police Station and the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).

The Minister made the revelation on Wednesday, February 26, as he addressed the launch of the education component of the EECP at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

He noted that by the time the air conditioning and lighting retrofits are implemented, the approximate overall savings in electricity consumption is projected to be six per cent, saving the country 34,000 barrels of imported oil, and 12,500 tonnes of CO2 avoided.

The one-year education campaign, which will be undertaken in partnership with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), will promote positive energy conservation and efficiency initiatives, as well as highlight success stories.

“The message will be comprehensive, exciting, enduring and rewarding. All sectors of the society – private sector, academia, churches, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), and civil society, are being challenged to come on board and help Jamaica use energy wisely and unleash the productive capacity of the country,” Minister Paulwell said.

Chief Executive Officer, JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, who was at the launch, said that the campaign, valued at close to $3 million, will incorporate public education materials for radio, print and television.

The agency will produce posters, flyers, and stickers, promoting efficient energy use, public service announcements (PSA), radio features and dramas, along with news stories to highlight the programme.

Jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at a cost of US$20,000,000, the four-year EECP, launched in 2012, is designed to make the public sector a model for how energy is to be used in Jamaica. It involves retrofitting public sector buildings and facilities for energy conservation and efficiency.

Approximately 200 persons are directly employed by the programme to work on the application of cool roof and window treatment and air conditioning installation.

“Currently 10 graduates from the University of Technology (UTech) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) are employed under the programme to assist with a range of technical, economic, financial and communication skills to support the monitoring and evaluation of the benefits of the programme,” Minister Paulwell said.

He said that the project is an excellent vehicle for ramping up energy efficiency and conservation efforts while reducing the Government’s annual electricity bill of $14 billion.

Specific activities under the programme include: replacing incandescent and inefficient fluorescent lighting systems with much higher efficiency LED fittings; improving the insulation; and sealing of building envelopes, to reduce heat loading and air conditioning requirements.

Also included is replacing old and inefficient air conditioning systems immediately; implementing a system for monitoring and evaluating to ensure the sustainability of the initiative; and identifying and training, within Ministries, teams of ‘energy wardens’ and operating maintenance personnel to ensure that the aims of the programme are achieved.