My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Common External Tariff Removed from Alternative Energy and Energy-Saving Devices - Prepaid Power realistically Possible as Electricity Thieves can seek Repentance by going Solar

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Common External Tariff Removed from Alternative Energy and Energy-Saving Devices - Prepaid Power realistically Possible as Electricity Thieves can seek Repentance by going Solar

“I am happy to say that the Cabinet, this week, … has given drafting instructions for the law to be amended immediately so that those of you who were very happy to benefit from taxation-free Solar and LED bulbs, you will be able to get that back right away”

Minister of Science, Technology Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell speaking at the launch of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston

Looks like Prepaid Power is a mere few months away as I’d speculated last year when Minister of Science, Technology Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell had spoken of the removal of the CET (Common External Tariff) on the importation of Alternative Energy and Energy-Saving Devices as reported in my blog article entitled “Prepaid Power coming in July 2013 - A Chip, a Pebble a Rock and a Block would make Prepaid Power The Kings of Summer”.

I say this as the promise made by Minister of Science, Technology Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell as it relates to the removal of the CET (Common External Tariff) on the importation of Alternative Energy and Energy-Saving Devices has been temporarily suspended as stated in the article “Solar devices, LED bulbs to see tax-free light”, Published Thursday February 27, 2014, The Jamaica Gleaner.

Minister Paulwell was speaking at the launch of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The US$20 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme is a joint initiative funded by the Inter-American Development Bank to reduce electricity. Their goals are pretty ambitious, as the GOJ (Government of Jamaica) is seeking Electricity price reduction of between US$0.15 and US$0.18.

This includes the current build-out of the LNG Plant, which apparently is going to be jointly executed by JPS Co (Jamaica Public Service Company) and EWI (Energy World International) as explained in my blog article entitled “JPS Co and EWI forge deal to build 360-MW LNG Plant together - The Wolf of Wall Street makes an American Hustle to Energise Jamaica's Energy Future”.

Part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme also includes sensitizing Jamaicans as to the various Energy Saving Products and making them affordable to the Public. To that effect, the CET has been removed on the following items and their Tariff Codes as shown in the graphic below.

Prepaid Power realistically Possible - Electricity Thieves can seek Repentance from JPS Co  

Hopeful this includes JPS Co’s SolarMill that’s supplied to them by Windstream Technologies as noted in my blog article entitled “JPS Co decided to market WindStream Technologies SolarMill, the all-in-one hybrid Solar and Wind Generator - Winter is Coming for a Game of Thrones in Jamaica”. This as cheaper Solar Panels and power Saving products would make Prepaid Power realistically possible, as you could buy power when you need it, just like Prepaid Credit from a Telecom Provider and use it at Night.

In the Daytime, you’d switch over to Solar Panels, Wind Turbines and your Solar Water Heater and Air Conditioner. Such an arrangement would save you hundreds of thousands of dollars on the installation of Backup Storage Batteries.


It would make switching to Solar Power a matter of your Prepaid Meter, which would be a Digital Meter, merely shutting off at a designated time in the Morning and your ATS (Automatic Transfer Switch) detecting the power loss and switching to your Alternative Energy system when the morning comes!

Best of all, with Net Billing now an option since May 2012, you can also make back some of that JPS Co Money via selling power that your system generates to their Grid as explained in my blog article entitled “Phillip Paulwell makes Net Billing official with 11 licenses issued - JPS Co invited via Mavado's Come Round a Mi Yard”.

Folks, Prepaid Power is around the corner for sure. Just as soon as JPS Co finishes installing their Digital Meters islandwide as explained in my blog article entitled “JPS Co New Digital Meters are all Smart Meters - Winsome Callum's A Simple Twist of Fate” and my Geezam blog article entitled “JPS Co Analog Meter upgrade heralds Remote Billing Revolution”.

At which points all that are sinners stealing Electricity from JPS Co can seek Repentance (2014) by going Solar!
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