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Earth Today | 25 benefit from energy management course

Published:Thursday | March 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Participants in the energy management training course.

THE UNITED States Agency for International Development (USAID, through its Caribbean Clean Energy Programme, has awarded scholarships to 25 professionals from 13 institutions to undertake a six-week energy management training course.

"The training, which com-menced on March 6 in Kingston, is being conducted in partner-ship with the Jamaica Society of Energy Engineers and aims to support the capacity building needs of participating institutions and raise the professional standards of those engaged in the practise of energy management in Jamaica," the entity said in a release to the media.

Each scholarship is valued at US$2,000 and covers the preparatory course and examination fees for the globally recognised Certified Energy Manager certification offered by the Association of Energy Engineers.

During the course, participants will undergo intensive training sessions designed to prepare them to sit the rigorous four-hour examination.

The course curriculum includes energy use in buildings, energy auditing strategies, and how to identify energy savings opportunities.

"Participants were strategi-cally selected from public and private institutions that play an integral role in the energy sector, including the Ministry of Science, Energy and Techno-logy's Government Electrical Inspectorate, Bureau of Standards Jamaica, Develop-ment Bank of Jamaica, Jamaica Public Service, National Water Commission, Jamaica Institute of Architects, University of the West Indies, and National Housing Trust," the release revealed.

Participants who are successful in passing the exam will become Certified Energy Managers, equipped with the knowledge and skills to optimise the energy performance of buildings and industrial plants across the country.

USAID supports institutional strengthening and development of Jamaica's energy sector as part of its mission to foster energy efficiency and renewable energy growth in the Caribbean.