North-REP’s hydropower station refurbishment in Pohnpei completed PDF Print E-mail

Monday 14 July 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji



Access to affordable and reliable energy sources is key to enhancing sustainable livelihoods in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), as it decreases the reliance on imported petroleum fuel, which is seen as a major threat to energy security in the region.


Significant increases in petroleum prices in 2007–2008 had serious consequences for Pacific Island economies, constraining growth and development prospects, and in some cases reducing socio-economic gains.


While many countries in the region have set ambitious renewable energy targets and implemented various energy efficiency and conservation measures, the progress towards achieving these targets has been slow. This is largely due to limited national expertise in renewable energy and energy efficiency, lack of access to financing and low levels of planning capacity.


Last month, the North Pacific ACP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency project (North-REP) implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and funded by the European Union, completed the refurbishment of the Nanpil hydropower plant, located approximately 5 km south of Kolonia, the capital of Pohnpei State in Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).


Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 15:18
Pacific regional energy data repository initiative gaining momentum PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday 2 July 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva –



Economic development and growth of Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) is highly reliant on fossil fuel energy sources with a total of 1.3 billion litres of fuel imported into the Pacific region per year. The 2008 fuel price spike made clear the vulnerability of small island states, and as a result there is an increased emphasis on energy efficiency and in particular the use of locally available renewable energy resources in the region.


In the last five years, the rapid addition of renewable energy sources such as solar grids and hydro power have made it important for developers of energy projects to have access to up-to-date, accurate and appropriate data from both energy suppliers and energy users. It is also important that reports of island energy project successes and failures become freely available to help project developers create the most reliable and cost effective projects possible.


Recognising this, Pacific leaders came together on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly in September 2013 to sign a historic declaration with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The declaration called for the establishment of a Pacific Regional Data Repository (PRDR) in support of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative.


Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 09:53

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