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'More research needed on alternative energy'

Published:Saturday | April 9, 2016 | 4:00 AM

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology Hilary Alexander is calling on Jamaicans, particularly students, to conduct more research in the field of alternative energy.

She said that these sets of research, which may yield positive results, would augur well for the country, especially in the application of new technology and diversifying the country's fuel mix, which would lead to fewer oil imports.

"Many opportunities are (there) to be explored. There is much potential in this country," the permanent secretary said.

Alexander was speaking at the opening ceremony for the Jamaica Alternative Energy Exposition at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on Thursday.

INTEREST IN RENEWABLE ENERGY

She noted that in addition to the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, which is undertaking research in the area of biofuel, several persons have been expressing an interest in renewable energy.

The permanent secretary said that the Government was committed to moving the sector forward by advancing legislative and regulatory frameworks that will enable and sustain the growth of the industry.

"We are taking a multifaceted approach - modernising the electricity generation infrastructure, diversifying our fuel mix, and strengthening regulations and the institutional arrangements, and promoting energy efficiency and conservation," she noted.

Alexander said that passage of the country's new Electricity Act, which updated the 125-year-old Electricity Act, would also make it easier to bring new generating capacity to the power grid.

The new act aims to provide a modern codified system for regulating the generation, transmission, supply, distribution, and dispatch of electricity across the island.