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Pacific Power Association 24th Annual Conference Communiqué
1. The Members of the Pacific Power Association met together in Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands, for their 24th Annual Conference from 13 – 17 July 2015 hosted by the Marshalls Energy Company.
2. One hundred  and  eighty  two (182)  delegates  representing  utilities,  private businesses,  development  partners,  international  and  regional  organizations attended the conference. (A list of the organizations that attended the conference is attached).
3. The theme of the conference “Power Supply Challenges” recognizes the changing environment that utilities have to operate in and that it is no longer just technical and financial challenges that utilities have to overcome. Utilities are now required to consider other issues such as the environment, social responsibility and work with other stakeholders.
4. The Governments  of  the  Pacific  Islands  have  set  renewable energy and  energy efficiency targets that are to be met by specified deadlines as commitments to climate  change  and  greenhouse  gas  reduction.  For the majority of these Governments, the utilities are implementers.
5. The President of the Republic of Marshall Islands, HE Christopher J. Loek officially opened  the  conference,  which  was  also  attended  by  the  Presidents  of  the Federated  States  of Micronesia,  Republic of  Palau  and  the  Minister  of  Public Enterprise of the Kingdom of Tonga.
6. His Excellency reminded delegates of the recognition of the PIC leaders that access to sustainable and quality electricity supply as the key requirement for sustainable development  in  terms  of  social  and  economic  development  and  environment sustainability,  which  is  reflected  in  the  Framework  for  Regionalism,  and  the Millennium Development Goals.
7. His  Excellency  also  highlighted  the  need  for  integrating  energy  plans  into  the national planning process looking at least cost energy options encompassing both renewable  energy  and  energy  efficiency.  The need for high level government commitment and support is essential in this regard.
8. The challenges to supply energy to our people needs to be addressed at the local, national and regional level through appropriate regulatory and policy mechanisms to contribute to the global efforts to mitigate climate change.
9. In his Keynote address Mr. Stuart Calman, Acting Director of  Sustainable Development  of  NZMFAT, asserted that the utilities, the private sector, development  partners  and  governments all have a  mission  to  provide  modern electricity services to our communities. To do that means balancing many things and  considering  the  trade-offs  between  goals  and  targets  and  their  impact  on price, security of supply, the environment and expanding access.
10. There are some basic tools that can be used to help us such as: environmental and social impact assessment, least cost generation plans and benchmarking. The need for increased investment can be met, with the right rules, through a greater role for the private sector. No single business model will be a panacea for all countries and utilities, each will have to be adaptive and carve its own a path to success. The PRIF and other development partners can also help with achieving your goals.
11. To date, the rapid progress in our region is the envy of many other small island developing states. It’s been the commitment of the stakeholders with a desire to work together that have been the key ingredients. It is proven that when utilities, governments and like-minded partners work together we will achieve long-term success and a sustainable energy future for islands.
12. A two-day trade exhibition by 31 Allied Members of the Association showcased the latest in goods and services for the renewable and conventional energy market as well as transmission and distribution equipment.
13. A series of  papers  covering  photovoltaic  technology,  renewable  energy integration,  new  power  generation  technology,  utility  operational philosophy, energy storage, achieving 100% renewable energy, wind technology and strategic planning were presented at the conference.
14. A  two-day  benchmarking  workshop  was  also  held  for  the  utility  benchmarking personnel, which was attended by more than 25 delegates from 18 utilities.
15. The PPA Board at its meeting reiterated its commitment to the continuation of the Regional Power Utility Benchmarking Project to ensure its sustainability. The PPA Board recognizes its usefulness as a planning tool for the utilities and will continue to hold workshops for utility staff.
16. The PPA Board at its meeting also agreed to set up a Disaster Response Fund to assist member utilities in response and recovery when natural disasters occur.
17. The PPA Board also resolved to set up a working committee to look into the issue of Governance in terms of its Utility Board Directors and the PPA Board with a view to establishing guidelines on governance as it applies in the Pacific.
18. The PPA Board accepted Tonga Power Ltd.’s proposal that the Pacific Power Association’s 25th Annual Conference will be held in Nuku’alofa, the Kingdom of Tonga, hosted by Tonga Power Ltd in 2016.
19. The PPA Members, Board and  Secretariat  express their sincere  appreciation  to Marshall  Energy  Company,  the  Government  and  the  people  of  the  Republic  of Marshall Islands for hosting the 24th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition.
13 - 17 July 2015
Majuro, Marshall Islands
Active Members:
1. American Samoa Power Authority
2. Chuuk Public Utility Corporation
3. Electric Power Corporation
4. Electricite De Tahiti
5. Fiji Electricity Authority
6. Kosrae Utilities Authority
7. Kwajalein Atoll Joint Utility Resources, Inc.
8. Marshalls Energy Company
9. Nauru Utilities Corporation
10. Palau Public Utilities Corporation
11. Pohnpei Utilities Corporation
12. Public Utilities Board
13. Solomon Islands Electricity Authority
14. Te Aponga Uira O Tumu-Te-Varovaro
15. Tonga Power Ltd
16. Tuvalu Electricity Corporation
17. Unelco Vanuatu Ltd
18. Yap State Public Service Corporation
Allied Members:
1. ABB Australia Pty Ltd
2. ABB (NZ) Limited
3. ABCCO Site Machining
4. Aggreko (NZ) Ltd
5. AR Industrial
6. Arthur D Rileys & Co Ltd
7. Aquaduct Trading Pty Ltd
8. Balance Utility Solutions
9. CBS Power Solutions
10. Cummins South Pacific
11. Dateline Exports
12. Energy Power Systems Australia
13. GE Heat Recovery Solutions
14. Gentrack Ltd
15. Global Sustainable Energy Solutions
16. Global Turbocharger Solutions
17. Hawthorne Pacific Corp
18. Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. (Asia Pacific)
19. Hydro Tasmania
20. I S Systems
21. International Utility Poles
22. Kiribati Oil Company Ltd
23. Louis Berger Power, LLC
24. Maclean Power
25. MPower Group
26. MTQ Engine Systems (Aust) Pty Ltd
27. Nexans Olex Ltd
28. NZ Marine Turbochargers Ltd
29. Oceangas Services Australia Pty Ltd
30. Pacific Bulk Fuel Ltd
31. Pacific Power Engineering (Aust) Pty Ltd
32. Pacific Solar Innovations, Inc
33. Penske Power System
34. Pernix Group, Inc.
35. Petroleum & Gas Company (Fiji) Ltd t/a Bluegas
36. PowerWorks Wind Turbines LLC
37. S&C Electric Company
38. Saft Batteries Australia
39. SMA Australia Pty Ltd
40. Sulzer Dowding & Mills
41. Sunergise International Ltd
42. Technopro Tahiti
43. Top Energy Ltd
44. Transnet NZ Ltd
45. Useware, Inc
46. Winson Oil Trading Pte Ltd
47. Xant NV
CROP Members:
1. Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
2. Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment (SPREP)

Affiliate Members:
1. Asian Development Bank (ADB)
2. FSM National Government
3. International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
4. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
5. Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.
6. New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
7. Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF)
8. The World Bank
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