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  • The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has invested approximately $116 million to develop more than 100 energy efficiency projects over the last 10 years.
  • The projects, executed between 2004 and 2013, were implemented mainly in government hospitals, schools, health centres, and other public sector facilities.
  • This, according to the PCJ’s Senior Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Nerine Small, has resulted in “significant savings on Jamaica’s energy bill.”

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has invested approximately $116 million to develop more than 100 energy efficiency projects over the last 10 years.

The projects, executed between 2004 and 2013, were implemented mainly in government hospitals, schools, health centres, and other public sector facilities.

This, according to the PCJ’s Senior Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Nerine Small, has resulted in “significant savings on Jamaica’s energy bill.”

She made the disclosure while addressing the PCJ’s 35th anniversary thanksgiving church service on June 22 at Webster Memorial United Church in Kingston.

Miss Small said the PCJ has also spearheaded research in various areas of energy, including: extensive investigation into Jamaica’s potential for renewables and hydro-carbons.

Consequent on this, she said the entity’s archives currently contain scientific, statistical, and analytical data on hydro-power, wind energy, bio-fuels, bio-mast, solar power, oil, and gas, for reference on possible future engagements.

Miss Small advised, however, that the company’s main focus is on sourcing affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy solutions, and initiating the procurement of alternatives from a variety of reliable and affordable sources.

“To this end we are tackling the problem on multiple fronts, including increasing generation from indigenous renewable sources, aggressively seeking investment for oil and gas exploration, and spearheading research in alternative energy. The PCJ is confident that our multi-faceted strategy will prove fruitful in the long run and Jamaica will reap the rewards,” she added.

Sunday’s church service was attended by a wide cross-section of persons who joined the PCJ’s Board members and staff in the commencement of commemorative activities.

They included: Venezuelan Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency, Maria Mendoza Ortega; and Chief Executive Officer, Petro-Caribe Development Fund, Dr. Wesley Hughes.

Meanwhile, the activities will continue on June 23 with the opening of a two-day Alternative Energy Expo at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

The expo will thereafter be open to the public, free of charge, between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and on June 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The event will provide a one-stop shop where consumers can learn about renewable energy and interact with various industry stakeholders, who will demonstrate the latest and emerging energy efficiency products designed to reduce energy usage and cost.