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  • The Government is seeking to boost renewable energy through research and development of six new hydro sites, which could save the country some $426 million.
  • For ethanol and liquefied natural gas, Minister Wheatley said exploration of developing feedstock to sustain and expand the contribution of ethanol as fuel will be undertaken.
  • Meanwhile, Dr. Wheatley said the PCJ will develop with the University of Technology, a programme of scholarship and research in renewables.

The Government is seeking to boost renewable energy through research and development of six new hydro sites, which could save the country some $426 million.

Minister of Energy, Science and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says feasibility studies have been completed for five river projects, and with the six additional sites where work will commence, they represent a 33- megawatt capacity and capital investments of over US$100 million.

“These projects could provide electricity for over 65,000 households or bring viability to related facilities, such as our sugar factories,” the Minister said, while making his contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on June 21.

He said the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has been mandated to commence the development with two megawatts on the Laughlands River in St. Ann, which is to be done with an estimated US$8.9 million, and a possible creation of 40 jobs.

For ethanol and liquefied natural gas, Minister Wheatley said exploration of developing feedstock to sustain and expand the contribution of ethanol as fuel will be undertaken.

“The PCJ will have a major duty during 2016-2017 to support this energy transition programme, by developing a pipeline distribution network, and business model for natural gas users,” he outlined.

The Minister told the House that in order to modernise the electricity distribution grid system, the Jamaica Public Service is expected to facilitate smart technologies to ensure additional renewable and clean-energy solutions.

Meanwhile, Dr. Wheatley said the PCJ will develop with the University of Technology, a programme of scholarship and research in renewables.