Government is to spend approximately $4.4 million on a project designed to enhance energy efficiency and conservation.
The sum for the Capacity Development for Energy Efficiency and Security in Jamaica, is outlined in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, which is before the House of Representatives.
The project aims to increase energy and efficiency and conservation, especially within the public sector, which should result in a fall in the energy bill.
Another of its objectives is to pilot renewable energy sources through the construction of small scale wind turbines, based on the results of a wind map for domestic use. This in turn will provide baseline data to determine the applicability of establishing small scale wind energy opportunities in order to pilot clean sources of energy for the country.
The project is being funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining as the implementing agency.
Anticipated targets for this fiscal year include completion of the wind map; selection of sites and testing of wind turbines; engaging the media to increase public awareness of wind energy for domestic use; and convening a public-private dialogue session on the matter.
The project duration is from October, 2011 to August, 2014 and achievements so far include completion of the Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfer (HACT) assessment of the Ministry’s accounting system and development of the training manual and contracting of the training consultant for the energy efficiency, conservation and management training programme for public sector officials.
There has also been completion of energy efficiency, conservation and management training programme for public sector officials, spread across the three counties of Jamaica; preparation of the Terms of Reference and the Letter of invitation for the Wind Power for Domestic/Community Applications Feasibility Study and Regulatory Review.
It also launched The Year of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), in support of the United Nations initiative, which was observed in 2012.
By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter