JPS to invest $100m on storage/efficiency projects in 2017

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), the island’s sole distributor of electricity, said it will be doubling its expenditure on energy projects by December this year in an attempt to drive down the cost of energy. JPS views the investment as key to driving efficiencies, according to Chairman Seji Kawamura, who was appointed earlier this year, […]

CDB approves $25m for Jamaica LED streetlight program

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding of $25 million to replace existing streetlights in Jamaica with high efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) lamps. The funds are being provided to the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPSCo), and will facilitate the replacement of approximately 105,000 high pressure sodium and mercury […]

Caribbean sustainable energy coordination expected with new regional organization CCREEE

Jamaica is now a signatory to the Agreement establishing the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, CCREEE. Prime Minister Andrew Holness signed the agreement this morning (July 6) ahead of the start of the final day of discussions at the 38th Regular meeting of the Heads of Government of CARICOM in Grand Anse […]

JPS Board approves groundbreaking energy solution for Jamaica

The JPS Board of Directors, has approved a ground breaking hybrid energy storage solution, which pending approval from the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), will be the first of its kind in the Caribbean. The innovation will help to secure grid stability and reliability, in the face of increasing intermittent renewable energy. The energy storage […]

Jamaica preparing IRP for late 2017

Jamaica is developing an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to guide the development of a modern energy sector. The IRP will baseline the projected electricity demand and determine generation and technologies to be used over a 20 year period. The plan is slated for completion later in 2017 and will inform the investment opportunities for the […]

Jamaica considers waste-to-energy program

Jamaica is getting closer to determining its options for waste-to-energy, with an aim to embark on a program by the end of 2017. Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the government is far advanced in examining options for waste-to-energy solutions. “The government has commissioned an enterprise team to look at waste disposal in Jamaica, from a […]

Jamaica issues RFP for energy storage system

Jamaica Public Service (JPS) wishes to commission a 13MW or 24.5MW hybrid energy storage system consisting of both flywheels and Lithium Ion battery energy storage.  The purpose of the system will be to affect general system stability through mitigation of renewable ramp rates, frequency support, voltage support and spinning reserve provision.  The storage system will […]

IDB could finance waste-to-energy in Jamaica at the right price

The IDB has told Jamaica it would be willing to finance waste-to-energy, if the price is right. “We could finance waste to energy,” but “at the end of the day, it’s going to come down to the cost. I think that’s a key component which I don’t know if it has been fully analysed,” said […]

Jamaica sets sights on $300m renewable energy investments

Daryl Vaz, Jamaica’s Minister of Economic Growth and Job Creation, announced that the government is targeting more than JM$ 38 billion ($300 million) in investments from additional renewable energy projects. The minister stated that Jamaica’s energy system still heavily depends on oil, “while it has become clear that the world is transitioning to a low-emission […]