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Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica | 2018-11-23 15:39:00

 The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is set to benefit from a $31 million energy efficiency upgrade which is being undertaken by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) at the Commission’s corporate office in Kingston.

The major intervention, which is being executed under the PCJ’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP), will involve a complete overhaul of the JCDC’s air conditioning (AC) system and an upgrade of its electrical infrastructure.

The work will include the installation of 49 indoor units with ventilation systems that should reduce energy cost at the entity and create a more comfortable environment for staff. The PCJ will also install cool roof technology which should increase the operational efficiencies of the new AC units. The initiative is projected to reduce energy usage at the location by 32%.

These interventions are part of the EECP’s thrust to implement alternative energy solutions in the public sector to lower energy consumption. A total of 43 entities have benefited from interventions carried out by the EECP since 2011. This represents an investment of close to $1.2 billion which has resulted in savings of more than $200 million on the Government of Jamaica’s (GOJ) energy bills annually.

Further to the energy interventions at the JCDC’s corporate office, the Commission has benefited from training and awareness workshops that will improve their capacity to perform energy audits at the agency’s locations island wide.

To solidify the collaboration between the PCJ and JCDC, the two agencies signed a Memorandum of Understand (MoU) on Wednesday November 21, to formalise arrangements for the sharing of post installation data as well as the servicing and maintenance of the AC systems and cool roof application.

While speaking at the Signing Ceremony, the PCJ’s Acting Group General Manager, Robert Clarke said, “Interventions such as the ones carried out at JCDC are needed throughout the public sector which accounts for approximately 16% of the country’s total electricity consumption. Investment in energy intervention projects will assist with reducing energy costs as we work relentlessly in our effort to achieve our objective of ensuring Jamaica’s energy security.”

In expressing her appreciation, Interim Executive Director at the JCDC, Daffodil Thompson said, “The JCDC is thankful to the PCJ for the new energy efficient interventions which will decrease expenditure on our electricity bills.  We are committed to advancing our role in shaping a new cultural paradigm for energy efficiency in the public sector by encouraging staff to adopt conservation practices. This initiative is not just about the finances but it goes a long way in creating a better working environment for our staff who will now have better quality air circulating throughout the buildings.”

In her statement endorsing the project, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange said, “I envision a time when we are not only equipping our ministries and agencies with effective cooling systems but more renewable energy systems that make use of our natural resources. Even as the government takes strides to improve energy consumption, we must all, as individuals take personal responsibility to practice conservation measures in our homes and our businesses.”


Posted By :Camille Taylor

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