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MONTEGO BAY, St James — MINISTER of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell says energy is the most critical issue facing the country, adding that the use of renewable energy is one way to significantly lower the cost of electricity in the island.
"There is no other issue that would affect poverty, that would affect unemployment, that would affect economic growth in Jamaica than energy," said Paulwell.
"And as minister I make no apologies for fervently fighting hard to ensure that we fight this problem once and for all. And we are going to fight this problem once and for all."
He urged Jamaicans to "look at what we are doing by energy efficiency, energy conservation, and incorporating renewables into our mix."
Paulwell, who was addressing the Jamaica Alternative Energy Expo and Conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on the weekend, argued that the 360-megawatt project, expected to come on stream in 2016, "will enable us to take out of the system some old equipment and provide us with cheaper energy."
He urged the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) to get on with their work of helping to facilitate the provision of cheaper energy to Jamaicans.
Executive Producer of the Jamaica Alternative Expo Peter Shoucair told reporters at the opening of the two-day conference and energy expo last Friday that the event is aimed at making the public aware about the entities that offer alternative energy, and to educate them on how to reduce their energy costs.
He said some 50 exhibitors — local and overseas — were in attendance at the event, which was first staged in Kingston in April.
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