Jamaica Energy Council re-established

The Jamaica Energy Council (JEC) has been re-established and held its first meeting today, Friday, September 13.

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams presided over the inaugural meeting, in Kingston, and said the Council will “contextualize the Energy situation in Jamaica by highlighting the importance of energy to sustain life, and specifically to the achievement of Jamaica’s social and economic goals.”

The role of the Council is to “provide overall direction for the implementation of the National Energy Policy and ensuring that the strategies for implementation as well as the several implementing partners are well coordinated.”

A release from the Ministry said the Council will focus on eleven (11) main areas including: energy policies, energy conservation and public education as well as oil and gas exploration.

The Minister told the members of the Council that sub-committees of the Council would be established namely:

The Energy Conservation and Efficiency Sub-Committee;

The Renewable Energy Sub-Committee;

The Petroleum Advisory Committee;

The Natural Gas Sub-Committee; and

Public Engagement Sub-Committee.

The Jamaica Energy Council (JEC) was established by way of a Cabinet Decision in March 2012.

In commending Minister Williams for her work and leadership of the Ministry Opposition Spokesperson on Energy Phillip Paulwell said “Minister Williams has done a tremendous job in steadying the ship and putting us back on the path towards progress we are witnessing in the Ministry.  Energy is a sector which requires broad-based support and national consensus.  We have done well in relation to diversification of energy sources and we are being transformed into a natural gas economy,” he said.

Franklin McKnight

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