Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams, says Jamaica is ready to move to the next phase of investment plans to supply the country’s first five years of energy needs under the recently completed Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).
This comprises 320 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar; 120 MWs of liquefied natural gas (LNG); and 74 MW of hydro, waste to energy and/or biomass.
The IRP sets out Jamaica’s 20-year plan for the electricity generation sector.
“It takes into consideration our outlook on economic growth and development and the demand for energy over that period of time. Recently, we took to Cabinet the first five years of that 20-year [plan] in terms of the need for additional capacity, and that was approved,” she noted.