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AUDIO: Mair demands clear Gov’t message on JPS monopoly

Published:Wednesday | August 15, 2012 | 12:12 PM

Charlene Stuart, Senior Staff Reporter

The Opposition spokesman on energy, Gregory Mair wants the Prime Minister to immediately clarify her government’s position on the monopoly held by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).

Mair says the statements made by the head of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) steering committee, Dr Carlton Davis send mixed messages about who is in charge of this country’s energy policy.

Dr Davis yesterday told a Gleaner Editors’ Forum that his personal view is that a properly regulated monopoly is the best option for Jamaica.

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His statement contradicts the position of the Energy Minister, Phillip Paulwell who is on the record as saying he wants to break JPS monopoly.

However, Davis yesterday said the Government has not yet taken a position on the monopoly issue.

“People must listen to what the whole government is saying," Davis said.

According to Mair, the contradictions can delay the fuel diversification of the country’s energy sector.

He says nothing will get done if a clear position is not articulated by the government.

Mair believes this situation becomes more worrisome because the energy sector is at delicate stage.

The Supreme Court recently ruled that the JPS monopoly license is invalid.