Pacific Energiser Issue 21 PDF Print E-mail

Bula and greetings everyone. Welcome to Issue 21  of the Pacific Energiser.

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Pacific Energiser Issue 21

This issue comprises of all latest energy developments/projects/news around the Pacific region.

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We are also inviting contributions for Issue 21 of the newsletter which will be released at the end of August 2016.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2016 11:08
Regional energy regulators address challenges PDF Print E-mail
Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all5 August 2016 


Nuku’alofa, Tonga – Independent and transparent energy regulation plays a critical role in creating an enabling environment for the transition to a greener energy economy, especially in light of the ambitious renewable energy and energy efficiency targets of Pacific Island countries as part of the Paris Agreement process and towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 7) of ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.


This was one of the key messages emerging from the week-long training for Energy Regulators which concluded in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, today.


The training was a collaboration between the Pacific Community (SPC), Tonga Electricity Commission and the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communication (MEIDECC) through the NZ-SPC South-South Cooperation for capacity building in the Pacific.


Energy regulators aim to encourage competition, prevent restrictive trade practices, ensure consumer protection, and undertake pricing of public utilities and other price controlled items. 


This training provided an opportunity for energy regulators from the Pacific region to share experiences and discuss ways of strengthening the capacity of each other’s institutions to effectively and independently provide an oversight to their respective energy sectors in terms of prices, practices and standards.


“We want to see new technology used, new ideas used and what we want is innovation,” Tonga Electricity Commission Chairman, Rt. Hon. Ramsay Dalgety, said in his opening address at the workshop earlier this week.


“Some countries (regulatory system) are still government owned and others are set up and have regulatory functions but whatever they do, like tariffs and pricing, is subject to cabinet approval. So again, that’s not independent regulation. If a country wants to go down the path of keeping it under political control, that is their right, but the whole idea  here is to get each country to have its own system that suits them,” Rt. Hon. Dalgety, said.


The training highlighted the need to review legislation to give energy regulators their independence, the importance of transparency, and coordination of the different government departments that look after pricing and safety.


In some countries, pricing of petroleum is overseen by one agency and safety inspection is carried out by another.


Last Updated on Monday, 08 August 2016 16:48

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