Jamaican Ministries Save $80M Through Energy Efficiencies

THE Jamaican Government is achieving its goal of reducing electricity used by its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), through the introduction of energy efficient solutions, under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP).

So effective is the thrust, that the Jamaican Government is extending the three-year programme.

“The programme has realized a good measure of success and so Government has decided to extend it for another two years,” states Project Manager for the EECP, in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Wayne Williams.

Government has had to pay annual cost of almost $13 billion for electricity used by  its entities, and the  aim is to reduce the figure by $2 billion with the introduction of  several key strategic energy saving interventions.

The measures were recommended following an audit of the energy use by the public sector, with the overall objective to cut public sector energy consumption by 25%.

After the implementation of the energy efficient solutions at one of the agencies, the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), there is now savings of 17.5% per annum on its energy bill.

There are others too, such as the Office of the Prime Minister, the Donald Sangster Building (Tax Administration Jamaica), Sugar Industry Authority Head Office, and the Greater Portmore Police Station, which also benefitted from the retrofitting of their buildings and are also reporting savings of  eight to 23%.

Overall, the Government has so far realized savings of some $80 million by the end of September 2015 under the EECP, which has been implemented in 40 public sector facilities.

Picture of Kingston by by Blofeld reproduced under CCL.

Monday 11th January 2016

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