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  • Three state agencies, where the Government’s Energy Conservation and Efficiency Project has been implemented, have recorded $5.77 million in savings.
  • The entities are the National Housing Trust (NHT); Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ); and Spanish Town Police Station, in St. Catherine.
  • "This project is transforming energy usage across the entire public sector,” Mr. Paulwell declared.

Three state agencies, where the Government’s Energy Conservation and Efficiency Project has been implemented, have recorded $5.77 million in savings since the programme’s commencement in May 2012.

This results from total investments of $3.76 million which the administration, through the Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Ministry, made to implement the project at the entities – the National Housing Trust (NHT); Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ); and Spanish Town Police Station, in St. Catherine.

This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, during his presentation, under the theme: ‘Building the Platform for Sustainable Growth’, which opened the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 6.

Mr. Paulwell informed that the NHT recorded $3.5 million in energy savings, consequent on the installation of solar control film at a cost of $1.1 million. This, he said, reduced the agency’s energy consumption level by 87,136 kilowatt hours (kwh).

The Minister advised that the DBJ benefitted from $2 million in savings, eight months into the project’s implementation, which was undertaken at a cost of $2.3 million. This resulted in the agency’s energy consumption level reducing by 49,749 kwh.

Mr. Paulwell told the House that at the Spanish Town Hospital, a $360,000 investment saw energy consumption reduced by 6,758 kwh, after five months. This, he advised, represents total savings of $271,000.

“The Government’s Energy Conservation and Efficiency Project is well underway. This project is transforming energy usage across the entire public sector,” Mr.  Paulwell declared.