Gov’t Urged to Fast Track Liberalisation of Electrical Grid

first_imgRelatedGov’t Urged to Fast Track Liberalisation of Electrical Grid FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Opposition Spokesperson on Energy, Information and Communication Technologies, Mr. Phillip Paulwell, is urging the Government to begin negotiations with the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to fast track the process of liberalising the electrical grid.“This will provide greater meaning and benefit to the public and complete the process of .liberalisation of generation,” Mr. Paulwell said in his contribution to the 2010/11 Budget Debate yesterday (April 14) in the House of Representatives.He contended that the Government is in a strong position to negotiate as the country owns 20 per cent of the JPS.Mr. Paulwell also urged the Government to eliminate the practice of allowing generated capacities to directly pass through the fuel cost to customers. “In a more competitive environment, with the providers having the ability to interconnect reasonably to the grid, competitive pricing will be achieved with the providers being compelled to utilise improved technologies and fuel sources that relate directly to their cost,” Mr. Paulwell argued.He also called for the implementation of a feed-in tariff system that mandates the JPS to purchase renewable energy sources at a fixed, favourable price, which may be the actual cost of supplying the energy, plus a 15 per cent premium. The move, he said, would provide an incentive for investment.Mr. Paulwell further suggested that the Government move to finalise and implement a carbon credit policy that will provide financial benefits for renewable projects and create “many suitable jobs from the new providers of electricity.” Gov’t Urged to Fast Track Liberalisation of Electrical Grid TechnologyApril 15, 2010 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedGov’t Urged to Fast Track Liberalisation of Electrical Grid RelatedGov’t Urged to Fast Track Liberalisation of Electrical Gridlast_img read more

Dairies submit plans for investigating pollution

first_imgThe state Environment Department is reviewing plans to investigate soil and groundwater pollution at dairies in southeastern New Mexico. The department’s groundwater quality bureau required Cheyenne II and Wild West Farms Dairies to submit plans for addressing pollution associated with their operations.The plans could be approved within the next few weeks. Wastewater from the Dexter-area dairies is discharged to lined lagoons and is used for irrigation. Monitoring wells show nitrate, chloride and dissolved solids in the area’s groundwater has exceeded state standards.advertisementadvertisement The dairies’ abatement plans are aimed at defining the extent of soil and groundwater pollution. Once that work is complete, the department will require the dairies to submit plans for cleaning up the pollution. The public will have a chance to comment on the clean-up plans. PD—From AP newswirelast_img read more