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On 1 January 2010, SPC assumed the lead agency role in the Energy Sector as mandated to it by the Pacific Energy Ministers, the joint meeting of the Governing bodies of SOPAC, SPREP and SPC, the Forum Leaders and approved by the Sixth Conference of the Pacific Community, held in Tonga on 12-13 October 2009.


SPC’s lead agency role is to provide leadership, effective coordination and management through the premise of Many Partners, One Team. Its  effort is guided by the Forum-adopted Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific, where Energy Security exists when all people at all times have access to sufficient sustainable sources of clean and affordable energy and services to enhance their social and economic well-being.

Addressing the energy security issues of the PICTs is being done through technical advice, training and capacity building and on-the-ground demonstrations in the following seven areas:


Theme 1Leadership, governance, coordination and partnerships recognises that working in isolation will not achieve energy security. Nor can the energy sector alone improve the accessibility and security of energy supply and services. Led by government, all sectors and agencies play a role in moving towards energy security. Important partners include the private sector, in particular the petroleum industry in each PICT; power utilities; transport; trade; planning and finance; civil society stakeholders; regional and international agencies; and development/donor partners. This theme emphasises the importance of leadership and team work, and suggests ways in which stakeholders can cooperate to build strong national and regional partnerships to face current and future challenges in meeting energy requirements. It is intended to provide a vehicle through which all partners can engage effectively in overcoming coordination, communication and resource issues.



Theme 2Capacity development, planning, policy and regulatory frameworks recognises the importance of proper planning and of having a clear vision with a strong and effective policy and regulatory framework to create an environment that is conducive to achieving an energy secure Pacific. Compliance with regulatory frameworks by energy providers and end-users is essential. A strong human resource development plan is necessary to address the capacity constraints identified in the framework. The accessibility and security of energy supplies and services must be enhanced to assure reliable and affordable energy is available to consumers.


Theme 3Energy production and supply recognises that petroleum fuel is the primary source of commercial energy in the region, with an increasing contribution coming from renewable sources such as geothermal, hydro, solar and wind energy. However, the majority of rural populations in many PICTs still rely on wood fuel as their primary source of energy. Energy security will be improved when the availability, accessibility, affordability, stability and security of local sources are sustained. Similarly, proper management of the various sources of imported energy is crucial to achieving an energy secure Pacific. Energy security means having sufficient and sustainable sources of clean and affordable energy at all times. It involves diversifying energy sources and adopting an optimum combination of imported and indigenous energy sources.


Theme 4Energy conversion recognises electric power as a significant secondary source of energy. It also acknowledges the importance of efficient and reliable generation, distribution and transmission of electricity, and its accessibility, particularly for rural areas and remote islands. In this case, energy security involves efficient transformation of energy from one form to another.


Theme 5End-use energy consumption recognises the importance of productive utilisation of energy, particularly in transport, and the need for energy efficiency and conservation including standards and appliance labelling and building codes.


Theme 6Energy data and information recognises the need for robust, timely and accurate energy information. In a region as diverse and vulnerable as the Pacific, there is a need for greater transparency and sharing of energy statistics and data to enhance planning. Often, information is available that could be used to improve energy security, but this knowledge is not shared or linked with other information in useful ways. This framework proposes establishing a regional data repository, building a common set of energy indicators to enable monitoring and evaluation of energy sector activities, and a method for wide and timely collection and dissemination of data and information. Measures of energy access and security could eventually feed into useful economic growth indicators for PICTs.


Theme 7Financing, monitoring and evaluation recognises the importance of ensuring a coordinated approach to financing the energy sector and of having a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework to measure performance across the whole sector against agreed milestones at both national and regional levels.


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