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Paulwell says no intention to disband Energy Monitoring Committee

Published:Monday | April 14, 2014 | 11:52 AM

The Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell says there is no intention to disband the Energy Monitoring Committee (EMC).



The Sunday Gleaner
quoted an unnamed source as saying the EMC has served its purpose, and now it is time for "move on".



Key private sector groups such as the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, and the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association, have since called for Paulwell to state his position.



This morning, Paulwell told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the Energy Monitoring Committee is not creating any problem for the Government.



The EMC was established by the Cabinet as part of its mandate to monitor the bidding process for the 360-megawatt generation facility, and ensure that it strictly adheres to the arrangements prescribed by the Office of Utilities Regulation.



News of the disbanding of the energy committee came as Paulwell prepares to grant a licence for Energy World International to undertake the base-load project.



In arguing against disbanding the committee, JMA President Brian Pengelley pointed out that the work of the EMC extended beyond monitoring of the bidding process to the implementation phase.



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