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30 per cent of renewable energy achievable by 2030 - British MP

Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 4:00 AMSyranno Baines
Dawn Butler

British Labour Party politician Dawn Butler, who serves as member of parliament (MP) for Brent Central, has said that Jamaica's ambitions to get 30 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2030 will be achieved as Jamaica is more than exceeding its renewable-energy targets at the moment.

Upon assuming the science, energy and technology portfolio last year, Dr Andrew Wheatley upped the target in the national energy policy from 20 per cent. Currently, it is estimated that only 10.5 per cent of the energy generated comes from renewable sources.

"At this pace, Jamaica will overachieve on its set target for 2020, so to increase it to 30 per cent for the following decade is very doable," Butler told The Gleaner on Wednesday during an interview on renewable energy at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

She added: "What will account for this, primarily, is the diversification of the energy market in terms of investments being made in key areas of equipment and also the collaboration being carried out with groups such as CARICOM to ensure that there's no duplication of energy and to secure funding."

 

STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY NEEDED

 

In making reference to the net zero energy building being constructed at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Butler emphasised that Jamaica would need to secure the state-of-the-art technology required to capitalise on various forms of renewable energies on offer, particularly solar.

"It is [solar] one of Jamaica's greatest untapped resources, which would yield great benefits, and Jamaica should be leading the way in this regard. I don't think it's a case of finding something new or reinventing anything. It's more a case of ensuring that Jamaica has the best technology out there to be able to capture the renewable such as hydro and wind, as well as in the case of Wigton Windfarm in Manchester."

syranno.baines@gleanerjm.com