Pacific Island countries and territories explore pathways to transform energy systems PDF Print E-mail

22 July 2015



Honolulu, Hawai’i – In an ongoing effort to solve the region’s significant energy challenges, Pacific Island countries and territories and development partners are meeting this week (July 21 to 23 Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST)) in Honolulu to share experiences on increasing the use of renewable energy.


Key speakers will discuss comprehensive approaches to energy sector transformation, including the importance of enabling legal and regulatory frameworks, capacity building, and financing. 


The workshop will examine a number of Pacific case studies, such as different clean energy initiatives in Hawai’i.


The workshop is organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and is funded by the U.S. Department of State. 


“Transforming Pacific island energy system is not only about putting in more renewable energy installations,” the Director of the SPC’s Economic Development Division, Captain John Hogan, said.


It is also about creating a conducive environment to facilitate the development and generation of renewable energy.


This must go hand in hand with an innovative approach to financing and accelerating ways of utilising emerging energy sources,” Captain Hogan said.


“The meeting this week also reaffirms the Pacific region’s commitment to the Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific and its vision for an energy secure Pacific”, he said.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 13:07
SPC launches Pacific Islands Fuel Pricing Manual PDF Print E-mail

21 July 2015 



Honolulu, Hawai’i – Despite progress to transform the energy systems of Pacific Island countries and territories by increasing the use of renewables, the region’s dependence on fossil fuels will not disappear overnight.


This is the message from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) at the launch today of the first edition of the Pacific Islands Fuel Pricing Manual, an information aid to improve understanding among Pacific Island stakeholders of the basic elements of the fuel industry. 


The Pacific Island region’s fuel industry has an estimated value of USD 6 billion per year.


This trend is expected to continue to thrive for some time to come, according to SPC Director, Economic Development Division, Captain John Hogan.


Speaking at the pricing manual launch, held in the wings of the ‘Transforming Pacific Island Energy Systems’ workshop in Honolulu, Captain Hogan said Pacific Island countries and territories will need to continue to plan and manage the fuel industry to ensure that it is cost effective, safe and secure. 


“At the same time, countries are encouraged to look at ways to individually or collectively negotiate for more cost effective supply and logistics. 


The new manual has been prepared to inform and support the work of Pacific Island officials who regulate or monitor the price of fuel in their respective jurisdictions.


“It’s a fast changing industry and we hope to provide regular updates through further editions into the future,” SPC Petroleum Adviser, Alan Bartmanovich, said.


The launch coincides with the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) regional consultation with stakeholders within the Pacific region to assist in finalising the report of the liquefied natural gas (LNG)/ liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) study. PRIF expects to publish the LNG/LPG study later this year.   


Media contacts

Alan Bartmanovich   Petroleum Adviser, SPC Energy Programme, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or +679 3379 211

Caroline Tupoulahi-Fusimalohi, Research and Information Adviser, EDD, SPC, Suva, Fiji, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or +679 3379 281


Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 14:48

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