Jamaica

Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, 234 kilometres (145 mi) in length and as much as 80 kilometres (50 mi) in width situated in the Caribbean Sea. It is about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 190 kilometres (120 mi) west of the island of Hispaniola, on which Haiti and the Dominican Republic are situated.

It is the third most populous anglophone country in North America, after the United States and Canada. It remains a Commonwealth realm.

Jamaica’s electrical power is produced by diesel (bunker oil) generators located in Old Harbour. Small hydroelectric plants are located on the White River, Rio Bueno, Morant River, Black River (Maggotty) and Roaring River.

A wind farm, owned by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, was established at Wigton, Manchester.

In November 2008, Jamaica launched its E10 blended gasoline to motorists.


MINISTRY OF ENERGY & MINING

Energy Division


The Energy Division of the Ministry oversees the functioning of the energy sector. It monitors energy supplies and the identification alternative energy sources, as well as energy conservation. The Division works with:

* The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) in relation to petroleum and petroleum products.
* The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPSCo) in connection with light and power.
* The Rural Electrification Programme (REP) regarding the supply of electricity to non-urban areas.

The Energy Division is involved with energy-related policy-making and policy implementation.
The following Agencies fall under the portfolio of the Energy Division:

* Electricity Authority
* Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
* Petrojam Limited
* Petroleum Company of Jamaica
* Rural Electrification Programme
* Petrojam/Ethanol Company Limited
* Wigton Windfarm Limited

 

Some Achievements:

  • -Draft National Energy Policy (2010-2030)
  • -Draft Sub-Policies such as for Renewable Energy
  • -Munro Wind Farm
  • -Wigton Wind Farm
  • -National Solar Water Heater Loans

  • Local News

    • Earth Today | J’can On Maiden Voyage In Service To Global Climate Convention

      A Jamaican woman has been appointed to serve the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).   UnaMay Gordon, principal director of the Climate Change Division, is now one of two representatives from the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), of which […]

    • NWA Wins Energy Competition

      The National Works Agency (NWA) has copped the number-one spot in the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) Government of Jamaica Energy Champion Competition, winning $1 million.   eGov Jamaica Limited took second place and won a $650,000 prize package, while the Ministry of Finance and Public Service placed third, winning $350,000.   Launched in September […]

    • Climate Change Will Increase Damage, Losses in Coastal Communities

      December 4, 2015         KINGSTON, Jamaica (IPS) – Residents of Rocky Point, a sleepy fishing village on Jamaica’s south coast, woke up one July morning this year to flooded streets and yards. The sea had washed some 200 metres inland, flooding drains and leaving knee-deep water on the streets and inside people’s […]

    • Pickersgill: Let’s Protect the ‘Lungs of the Earth’

      December 2, 2015           SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Minister of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill made a startling admission at a land-titling ceremony in this south-central town last month. “I must make a confession: When the prime minister (Portia Simpson Miller) appointed me as the minister of […]

    • S&P: Climate Change can Impact Credit Risk of C’bean Countries

      November 30, 2015           PARIS, France (CMC) — A major international credit rating agency says Caribbean and Southeast Asian countries are mostly at risk of climate change affecting their credit ratings. “Our simulations indicate that climate change-related natural hazards can harm sovereign ratings,” said Marko Mrsnik, a credit analyst with the […]