Jamaica’s Energy Company, JPS, is one of three International electricity providers who have been named as Finalists for the prestigious International Edison Electric Award. Since 1922, the US based Edison Electric Institute (EEI), has recognized electric companies for their distinguished leadership, innovation, and contribution to the advancement of the electric power industry. It is regarded as the industry’s most prestigious honour. The Institute has also named four US Companies as finalists for the US Edison Award. JPS has been nominated for its 2016 execution of the plan to convert the Bogue Power Station from diesel fuel to liquefied natural gas. This was a milestone achievement for Jamaica, as LNG forms an integral part of the country’s fuel diversification strategy, and significantly advances JPS’ efforts to lower fuel costs and reduce emissions.
The other finalists for the International Edison Award, are Ontario Power Generation in Canada and Tohoku Electric Power in Japan. Ontario Power Generation (OPG), was nominated for its significant investments in 2016, in pursuit of a lower carbon future. This included a pumped storage project, a groundbreaking nuclear refurbishment, hydroelectric developments, and Indigenous partnerships. Today, OPG is Ontario’s largest low-cost clean power generator.
While Tohoku Electric Power was nominated for its investment in plant reconstruction and revitalization, having suffered an earthquake in 2011. As a result of its efforts, the company has reduced its fuel costs and emissions, increased efficiency, formulated new disaster countermeasures, and accelerated overall efforts to restore and serve local communities.