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Big prizes to be won as PCJ launches Energy Champion Competition

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 10:03 AM

More than $1 million in prizes is up for grabs as the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) kicks off the “GOJ Energy Champion Competition”, an initiative of its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP). 

The competition, which targets students and public sector employees, is aimed at increasing awareness about energy efficiency, conservation and sustainability.

It will run from October 1 to December 31, 2017 and involves two components which allow participants to enter individually or as an organisation or school.

For the individual component, students and public sector workers can enter the competition by creating a video performing a jingle, poem or dub poetry about energy efficiency and conservation.  

The video, which should be no longer than 45 seconds, must then be tagged to the EECP’s Facebook and Instagram pages named “Ease Up on Energy”.

To be in the running for a prize, videos must accumulate a minimum of 50 reactions that include likes, loves and other emojis in the month posted. 

Selected winners will walk away with exciting prizes such as a smart watch, mini smart switch and energy bulbs/LED desk lamps and 10 inch tablets. 

While the individual component of the energy champion competition is social media oriented, the organisations and schools component is more technical. 

This area of the competition requires participants to form an Energy Management Committee that will create an energy management plan that takes Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) bills received over the course of the contest into consideration and ultimately complete an energy audit. 

Therefore, participating entities are required to have their own JPS meter. 

According to general manager of the PCJ Winston Watson, “the Government has spent considerable resources to make public sector entities more energy efficient in order to reduce the national energy bill. 

“To preserve this investment we are getting public sector workers and students actively involved in conservation which should translate into lower energy consumption at workplaces, schools and in homes.”

This competition is a team based approach to energy management, allowing participants to gain points as they complete each step. 

To enter, entities must submit an application by September 30, 2017. 

The rewards for the winners include energy interventions or energy saving appliances valued at $500,000 for first place, $350,000 for 2nd place and $200,000 for the 3rd place. For more information about the competition, visit http://www.pcj.com/energy-champion-competition/.