Scores of prospective bidders on Thursday (January 17) attended a pre-bid meeting, in response to a request from the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) for the procurement of 115 megawatts (MW) of electricity generating capacity from renewable sources.
The meeting, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, was held to provide further information to clarify any issues relating to the procurement, for which the OUR is reporting that it has received 85 expressions of interest.
Deputy Director Generalof the OUR,Hopeton Heron, stated that the agency’stask is “to get the price of electricity to as low as possible in this economy”.
He said that 95 per cent of Jamaica’s energy for electricity is supplied by imported fuel oil and one of the main tenets of the National Energy Policy is to introduce renewable energy sources, as a means of diversifying the energy base.
“Our ultimate goal is to procure generating capacity and to expand the electricity system in a manner that is least costly. If we infuse low cost generation, then you add to that transmission cost, overhead cost and other cost, the cost to the customer will be lowered,” Mr. Heron said.
He stated that the uniqueness of the request for proposal is that it aligns with the Government’s energy policy, “while adhering to the regulations of the electricity sector that govern electricity generation and distribution in the country.”
The request for renewable electrical energy and/or capacity from renewable sources is in keeping with the Government of Jamaica’s (GOJ) target for renewable energy sources by 2015.
Based on the projected energy supply mix for 2015 in conjunction with the National Energy Policy, 115 MW capacity from renewable energy sources is required to be commissioned, which is the subject of the Request for Proposal.
The Request for Proposal document may be accessed on the OUR’s website at www.our.org.jm.