Green energy will boost Jamaica’s fortunes

April 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News


Over the years, air pollution has increasingly become a topic worth paying attention to. The area of renewable energy has long been a major topic on the lips of environmentalists, but a major plan to steer the country towards the path has eluded us. This can be attributed to the lack of public knowledge and the apathetic behaviour shown by those in power.

It has long been known that the use of fossil fuels is harmful to the environment as they emit greenhouse gases and other pollutants into the air.

A greenhouse gas is any gaseous compound in the atmosphere capable of absorbing infrared radiation, in turn trapping and holding heat in the atmosphere, ultimately leading to global warming. An estimated 93 per cent of electrical power generated in Jamaica comes from the use of fossil fuels. The emissions will quickly grow as our population increases and the need for more electricity rises.

Jamaica needs to place a greater emphasis on finding a viable source of alternative energy, and I suggest that the Government continue to look into natural gas to work in conjunction with the energy provided by the Jamaica Public Service Company.

Minister Paulwell’s granting of a licence to Energy World International to build a natural gas-fired power plant is a step in the right direction. When this feat is accomplished, and if it can be sustained, it could be the beginning of a gradual phasing out of fossil fuel energy production and consideration could be given to building a new natural gas plant every five years.

I believe that Jamaica will benefit greatly from this venture, not only because it will reduce charges on our electricity bills, but it will create jobs and also reduce our carbon footprint as we move towards a cleaner energy future.


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