Jamaica’s Push for Alternative Energy Hailed the Right Move

The move would reduce the island’s heavy reliance on fossil fuel and according to the Manager for special projects at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Dr. Raymond Wright, he believes that with the projection for skyrocketing oil prices in 2011, the decision to seek alternate energy sources was right and prudent, and an imperative.

“Given the fact that our energy costs are high, especially in the context of the Caribbean, we need to find some way of bringing our energy prices lower so that we can be competitive. So we have to look for alternative sources, not only for cost reasons but also for environmental reasons,” he told The Jamaica Information Service.

Dr. Wright pointed out that current efforts at harnessing hydro power resources, the two Waste-to-Energy projects being explored, the proposal to introduce Bio-fuels from local sources as a possibility and expanding the Wigton wind plant infrastructure capacity, were excellent moves aimed at reducing the cost of energy.

Government’s decision to pursue alternative energy sources to reduce heavy reliance on fossil fuel is seen by one of the island’s highly recognized energy consultants as a wise move at the right time.

Manager for special projects at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Dr. Raymond Wright, believes that with the projection for skyrocketing oil prices in 2011, the decision to seek alternate energy sources was right and prudent, and an imperative.

“Given the fact that our energy costs are high, especially in the context of the Caribbean, we need to find some way of bringing our energy prices lower so that we can be competitive. So we have to look for alternative sources, not only for cost reasons but also for environmental reasons,” he said.

Dr. Wright pointed out that current efforts at harnessing hydro power resources, the two Waste-to-Energy projects being explored, the proposal to introduce Bio-fuels from local sources as a possibility and expanding the Wigton wind plant infrastructure capacity, were excellent moves aimed at reducing the cost of energy.

(Parts of this article were taken from a Caribbean360 report)

 

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