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
SPC aims to increase energy access in rural Melanesia PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday 18 June 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva –



About seven million of the Pacific region's ten million people still do not have access to electricity. Rural Melanesia in particular faces the exceptional challenge of achieving universal electricity access in an area where the cost of electricity and petroleum are among the highest in the world, averaging around 20% of total household income.


This year is the beginning of the United Nation’s Decade of Sustainable Energy for All.  Acknowledging that access to clean and affordable energy is crucial to economic development in the post-2015 agenda, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Energy Programme is working on a project titled Melanesia’s Million Miracle Programme (M3P).


M3P is aimed at bringing the miracle of electricity to one million people in the Melanesian countries of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu by 2020.


For Vanuatu, M3P aims to provide electricity to 26,625 households or 159,790 people by 2020. To start with, based on current funding, the project will bring electricity to 200 households (1,200 people) in two rural communities, thereby helping to bridge the gap  between the urban and rural areas in terms of access to modern energy services.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:53

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