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OUR responds to CURE concerns

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2012 | 5:25 PM

Small generators of renewable based electricity are being assured that they can still use the Jamaica Public Service Standard Offer Contract procedure to apply to sell electricity to the Jamaica Public Service (JPS).

This reassurance comes from the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), which published a notice two days ago, announcing the suspension of the non-competitive process for the generation of renewable based electricity.

OUR’s suspension applies to generators of up to 25 megawatts of electricity.

Lobby group, Citizens United to Reduce the cost of Electricity (CURE), is not happy with this decision and has asked for a detailed explanation of the reasons behind the OUR’s decision.

In a statement released today, the OUR said this new process will create more efficiency because it will allow the utility body to compare all submissions and choose the best project within one competitive framework.

The OUR said the temporary replacement of the non-competitive process for procurement will also allow for a more structured and focussed mechanism to fill a quota of 115 megawatts of capacity supplied to the national grid by 2015.

The OUR believes the competitive bid process will allow it to look at the best energy mix for the national grid with the aim of providing energy security and efficiency.

Last year, the terms of the JPS All-Island Electricity Licence was renegotiated to include a new provision.

This provision spoke to the generation of an additional 25 MegaWatts of power to be connected to the grid and sold to the JPS without being subject to competitive tendering.

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