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Energy Efficiency and Conservation A Priority – Dr. Wheatley

first_imgStory Highlights EMEP will be executed by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), which falls under the Ministry. He noted that the $30-million EMEP will consolidate and expand on the achievements under other initiatives, which have resulted in savings of some 3.6 million kilowatt hours amounting to more than $131.5 million as at July 2017. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon, Andrew Wheatley, says energy efficiency and conservation is a priority of the Government in order to reduce the dependence on high-cost imported fossil fuels. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon, Andrew Wheatley, says energy efficiency and conservation is a priority of the Government in order to reduce the dependence on high-cost imported fossil fuels.He was speaking at the ceremony for the signing of a US$15-million loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the implementation of the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP).The sum is the second portion of a joint loan of US$30 million for the roll-out of the EMEP.  The Government signed an agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the first US$15 million on November 10.“We, at the Ministry, welcome the signing of this agreement, which we see as crucial in our efforts to develop a competitive energy environment, diversify our energy sources and improve energy efficiency,” Dr. Wheatley said.He noted that the $30-million EMEP will consolidate and expand on the achievements under other initiatives, which have resulted in savings of some 3.6 million kilowatt hours amounting to more than $131.5 million as at July 2017.He noted that some 800 persons in more than 40 ministries, departments and agencies have been trained through seminars and workshops in the areas of energy conservation and energy efficiency to augment some $1.1 billion worth of investment.Such investments include application of the cool roof solutions and retrofitting and replacement of old-technology air-conditioning systems.“With EMEP, there will be deepening of the retrofits to be undertaken, expanding to other government entities, such as those within the health, education and security sectors. There will also be even greater opportunities for us to promote fuel conservation in road transportation, and, very importantly, support for the Government’s electricity planning function – the Integrated Resource Plan,” Dr. Wheatley said.Statistics have shown that an estimated annual average of 20.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) were imported during the 2010-2015 period for use in the electricity, manufacturing and transportation sectors, with an average import value of US$1.9 billion. One aim of the EMEP is to reduce the amount of oil imported for energy production.EMEP will be executed by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), which falls under the Ministry.last_img read more

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Fatal July plane crash near Jasper Alta happened after Cessna stalled TSB

first_imgJASPER, Alta. — An investigation has determined a fatal plane crash in Jasper National Park was caused when the aircraft stalled and went into a spin shortly after takeoff.One passenger died and the pilot was severely hurt when the single-engine Cessna 150J went into the Athabasca River on July 21 north of the resort town.The Transportation Safety Board says people at the nearby airfield and motorists on Highway 16 saw the plane go down and helped administer first aid until first responders arrived.The investigation report says a review of the aircraft found it had been working normally before the crash.The report says the plane stalled after losing airspeed while maintaining an altitude of 150 feet before it went into a spin.The safety board says the investigation is now closed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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