The Jamaica Public Service (JPS), in collaboration with the CB Group ( Caribbean Broilers), is changing its approach to energy. The electricity provider is undertaking the construction of a new power plant in collaboration with the agro-processing corporation – a first for Jamaica’s energy sector. This partnership demonstrates how unrelated industries can innovatively and purposefully work together to create a triple-win solution. By design, the project utilizes various types of energy sources to optimize business, distribute better quality power to the national grid, and most importantly, is better for the environment.
The plant, being constructed by JPS, is housed at “The Nest”, CB Group’s new agro complex in Hill Run, St. Catherine. This combined heat and power generation plant not only makes energy more efficient but reduces carbon emissions by up to 30% by using LNG instead of heavy fuel oils.
Also, the exhaust heat that would normally go to waste will be converted into energy, which will reduce carbon emissions and contribute to improved efficiency. Other major benefits include JPS’ ability to improve its operational efficiency and reliability.
Speaking at a recent tour of the facility which is presently under construction, JPS President and CEO, Michel Gantois, noted that the project is an excellent innovation and that he hoped other companies would get on board and engage in similar collaborations.
“We are very happy to have collaborated with the CB Group to provide this solution for electricity and steam. They are very innovative customers with a high level of efficiency. They are doing a lot for Jamaica. We know that they could have pursued alternative sources of energy for their operations, but they decided to stay on the grid for the benefit of the country. And we laud them for that. This works for everyone,” Gantois pointed out.
“We hope to be able to reproduce this success story for other customers in the months to come. We think there is great potential for this kind of solution.”
“JPS looks forward to engaging more organizations to create independent energy solutions for them,” he notes.
The CEO also pointed out that JPS has been on a mission to transform how it meets customers’ needs. “What Jamaica will be seeing as we go forward, is a renewed, more agile JPS that will delight customers at every level. We are humbled by the enormity of our role in supporting education, health, manufacturing, the service sector and just about every area of life in this country. We do not take this privilege for granted. We are innovating to meet your changing needs,” he emphasized.