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Irrigation Commission eyes $18m electric bill cut, installs new energy efficient equipment

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The National Irrigation Commission Limited (NIC) is expected to see savings of $18 million annually on its electricity bill as a result of the installation of energy efficient equipment at some of the agency’s facilities.

That’s the word from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) which spent 22 point $2 million to install the equipment.

The Commission, which is an agency of the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, is responsible for providing irrigation services for the Sector.

The PCJ says the organisation has faced mounting operational costs due to its heavy demand for electricity to pump water from deep wells. 

The state agency says the installation of the new technology is expected to reduce the Commission’s energy usage by 535.6 megawatt hours each year. 

It says this will result in significant savings in the Commission’s electricity costs. 

The PCJ has been on a drive to reduce the government’s energy bill which reportedly amounts to over $14 billion annually.