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Thursday 30 January 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –
The RMI Ministry of Resources and Development and the Economic Development Division (EDD) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community is currently conducting a review of RMI’s National Energy Policy and Energy Action Plan.
As part of the review process, a three-day consultative workshop was convened in Majuro on 21–23 January. The workshop was opened by the Chief Secretary to Cabinet, Mr Carten Nemra, and was attended by 40 participants from government ministries, state-owned enterprises and local non-government organisations.
The 2009 Marshall Islands' National Energy Policy and Energy Action Plan has four broad goals: (i) electrification of 100% of urban households and 95% of rural outer atoll households by 2015; (ii) the provision of 20% of energy through indigenous renewable resources by 2020; (iii) improved efficiency of energy use in 50% of households and businesses and 75% of government buildings by 2020; and (iv) a 20% efficiency improvement in transportation sector fuel use by 2020.
The review acknowledged the significant achievements made in the last four years, particularly in terms of access to electricity, political support, public awareness and local collaborations through the Energy Task Force.
The review also noted that certain areas need to be strengthened in terms of the local coordination of the sector, addressing energy efficiency in the transport sector and in terms of building local capacity and expertise. The absence of enabling legislation and incentives was identified as one of the key barriers to the advancement of RMI’s energy sector.