The Pacific Energy Summit, co-hosted by New Zealand and the European Union (EU), was held in Auckland, New Zealand, 24-26 March 2013 following on from the Pacific Leaders’ Energy Summit in Tonga. The Summit was attended by Heads of Government from the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, the Republic of Kiribati, New Caledonia, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau and Tonga as well as representatives from American Samoa, the Republic of Nauru, Fiji, Guam, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, Northern Marianas, Pitcairn, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna.
Pacific countries and territories presented 79 projects at the Summit, providing development partners and the private sector with partnership opportunities over the next 3 years to deliver on the objective of the Summit: a quantum leap forward for the use of clean, affordable and efficient energy in the Pacific and a corresponding reduction in the region’s persisting fossil fuel dependence.
At the conclusion of the Summit, the co-hosts announced a funding envelope of $NZ635 million had been secured which included commitments of $NZ255 million in grant funding and $NZ380 million in concessional loans sufficient to support over 40 of the 79 projects.
Pacific Energy - Six months on
Momentum has continued from the Pacific Energy Summit in March this year. Six months on, more than 50 renewable energy projects presented at the summit are under development. Read more in the Pacific Energy Summit Update Report (PDF 846KB)
Energy Case Studies
PowerSmart and the Tokelau Renewable Energy Project
Tauranga-based company PowerSmart won the contract to replace diesel power systems with solar power systems and battery storage on Tokelau’s three atolls. The multimillion dollar development was funded by Tokelau through an advance on aid funding from the New Zealand Aid Programme.
Managing Director Mike Bassett-Smith says his company was proud to be involved with the project because of the impact it will have on the well-being of the people of Tokelau.
“All across the Pacific there are clear issues with the current and expected future costs of electricity generated using diesel, not to mention the environmental costs and risks of unloading diesel drums on tropical atolls. Energy costs underpin the economic and social development of these nations and making a positive impact on these issues is the single most important reason we started this business.”
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