VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile—After announcing that her country will host the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), Jamaican Ambassador Audrey Marks spoke in an interview about the importance of energy issues to the Caribbean region.
“We are determined as a country and as a region to get to certain macroeconomic goals, and energy is one of the critical drivers of that goal,” said the diplomat, who represents her country both at the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United States. She led the Jamaican delegation to the recent ECPA ministerial meeting in Chile.
In the last three years, partly because of lower oil prices, Jamaica has seen its electricity prices drop from $0.40 per kilowatt hour to $0.28, according to Marks. Of course, as the country knows from long experience, that trend can change, she added.
“What we have to do is make use of this window,” she said. “We are moving in the right direction, now that we are focusing on energy diversification, and we want to keep this momentum going.”
As it seeks to increase its energy security and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, Jamaica’s current goal is to generate 30 percent of its... Read More