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MSB at Gleaner Editors' Forum

An ambitious forecast by Phillip Paulwell, minister of science, technology, energy and mining who calculated that the energy cost to consumers could dip significantly in four years, has failed to generate support of senior technocrats who sat in a Gleaner Editors' Forum last week.

Former head of the Office of Utilities Regulation, Winston Hay, was among the group of technocrats who described as unrealistic the scenario painted by Paulwell that this would serve to lift the Jamaican economy out of the doldrums.

"I don't see how it would be possible to reduce the cost to the consumer to the extent to which Minister Paulwell has suggested," he asserted.

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