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NWA wins energy competition

Published:Thursday | March 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley (left) celebrates with excited members of the National Works Agency’s Energy Management Committee, who emerged as the 2017 PCJ/GOJ Energy Champions. From second left: Gregory Williams, mechanical artisan; Khalid Peart, manager, property and estate; Jessica Gordon, procurement officer; Sharon Morgan-Grindley, director, corporate services; and Venrick Brown, electrical and mechanical supervisor.

The National Works Agency (NWA) has copped the number-one spot in the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica's (PCJ) Government of Jamaica Energy Champion Competition, winning $1 million.

eGov Jamaica Limited took second place and won a $650,000 prize package, while the Ministry of Finance and Public Service placed third, winning $350,000.

Launched in September 2017 as an initiative of the PCJ's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, the goal of the Energy Champion Competition was to increase awareness and knowledge about energy efficiency, conservation, and sustainability among public-sector stakeholders.

The competition featured two components - an individual challenge for government employees to share energy efficiency and conservation strategies on social media and the organisational competition aimed at public-sector entities.

Teams from six entities took on the challenge of completing the entry requirements for the organisational contest, which included forming energy management committees, carrying out energy audits, and devising and implementing an energy conservation plan.

The competing entities also had to show a reduction in their electricity bills between October and December 2017 compared to the corresponding period in 2016.

The National Works Agency recorded 22.16 per cent savings over the period, while eGov Jamaica Limited and the Ministry of Finance and Public Service had 4.09 per cent and 4.92 per cent savings, respectively. Other public-sector entities that participated in the competition were the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the National Library of Jamaica, and the National Police College.

While speaking at the competition's awards ceremony, which was held at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel on Wednesday, Group General Manager of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica Winston Watson said: "Congratulations to all the winners who entered the Energy Champion Competition. The entities that completed the entry requirements have seen first-hand the benefits associated with energy efficiency and conservation practices. I urge them to share their knowledge and experiences with others."

He added, "I hope that other government agencies will be inspired to take up the challenge of incorporating good energy efficiency and conservation strategies into their daily operations, and I hope to see more participants in the next staging of the competition."