Press Event: Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Jamaica


Friday, October 11, 2013

Westin Hotel 

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 77

Palm Beach, Aruba


Featuring commentary by:

The Honorable Phillip Paulwell, Energy Minister of Jamaica

Alexander Ochs, Director of Climate and Energy, Worldwatch Institute

Mark Konold, Caribbean Program Manager, Climate and Energy, Worldwatch Institute

Evan Musolino, Research Associate, Climate and Energy, Worldwatch Institute

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Oranjestad, Aruba—The Worldwatch Institute, along with the Jamaican Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, will host a press event presenting the Institute's Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Jamaica here at the 5th Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF).

The event will be held from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 11, 2013, at the Westin Aruba Hotel, J.E. Irausquin Blvd 77, Palm Beach, in the Bridal Salon located on the lower level across from the Gallery. It is open to the press and the public.

Energy Minister of Jamaica The Honorable Phillip Paulwell, Worldwatch Director of Climate and Energy Alexander Ochs, and Worldwatch Caribbean Program Manager Mark Konold will discuss the way forward for Jamaica's electricity sector based on key findings and recommendations from the report. The panelists will then take questions from the floor.

Completed with support from the International Climate Initiative of the German Ministry of the Environment, the Jamaican Sustainable Energy Roadmap will be published later this month. It examines Jamaica's electricity sector today and assesses the full costs of the country's unsustainable reliance on imported fossil fuel. The Roadmap then analyzes the potential for energy efficiency and renewable energy supply and discusses the socioeconomic impacts of alternative energy development pathways, concluding that a scenario of high renewable energy penetration can bring enormous cost savings to the country.

Based on further analysis of the given investment environment for clean energy technologies, the Roadmap suggests regulatory and institutional changes that will be necessary to support the quick adoption of clean energy solutions. 

For more information or to schedule interviews with Worldwatch researchers, contact Supriya Kumar at skumar@worldwatch.org.

Visit the Worldwatch website for more information about our Climate and Energy Program.

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Worldwatch's Climate and Energy Program aims to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy based on sustainable use of renewable energy sources in concert with major energy efficiency gains, sustainable agricultural practices, and low-emissions transportation. The group reports regularly on its work on the Institute's Re|Volt blog at www.blogs.worldwatch.org/revolt/.