Net metering a possibility for Jamaican electric customers


Conroy Watson,
Director of Energy,
Ministry of Energy
Kingston, Jamaica — (METERING.COM) — May 28, 2008 – The government of Jamaica has announced that it intends to introduce net metering throughout the island, a move that has been welcomed by both customers and environmentalists. The move has not met with any objections from utility Jamaica Public Service Company.

If the plan goes ahead, those customers who generate electricity using some form of renewable energy such as wind power or solar panels will be able to sell any excess power back to JPS at the same price as the utility charges for the electricity it provides. The meters of these customers will run backwards whenever they are supplying energy to the JPS grid.

The use of renewable energy technologies is to be encouraged, with a view to reducing power outages and lessening the dependence on oil.