Energy conservation and efficiency and the development of a comprehensive governance and regulatory framework are among the key priorities for the future of Jamaica’s energy sector, according to the country’s proposed new energy policy to 2030.

The policy, which is aimed at ensuring long term sustainability and security of supply, supported by informed public behaviour on energy issues and an appropriate policy, regulatory and institutional framework, focuses on seven key areas. In addition to those above the others include modernising the country’s energy infrastructure, development of renewable energy sources such as solar and hydro, enabling government ministries, departments and agencies to be models for the rest of society in terms of energy management, and eco-efficiency in industries.

Energy conservation and efficiency will be achieved through a comprehensive and well-coordinated continuous public education programme, the introduction of incentives and greater availability of energy saving products and devices as well as the adoption of new and emerging energy technologies and improvements in energy infrastructure. Further, private sector firms and industry will be equipped to implement innovative energy management programmes using clean, energy efficient technologies and institutionalising energy conservation practices.

On the regulatory front policy inconsistencies will be removed and a coherent policy and regulatory framework provided to facilitate competition in the energy supply system, and to provide integrated monitoring and enforcement of regulations.

System losses will be reduced through the introduction of stiff penalties for power theft and enhanced enforcement powers for the regulatory agencies.

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