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,
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
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
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
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.
24th PPA ANNUAL
CONFERENCE & TRADE EXHIBITION
13 - 17 July 2015
Samoa Power Authority
Public Utility Corporation
Electricite De Tahiti
Atoll Joint Utility Resources, Inc.
Public Utilities Corporation
Islands Electricity Authority
Aponga Uira O Tumu-Te-Varovaro
State Public Service Corporation
Australia Pty Ltd
2. ABB (NZ)
6. Arthur D
Rileys & Co Ltd
Trading Pty Ltd
9. CBS Power
Power Systems Australia
13. GE Heat
Sustainable Energy Solutions
Hawthorne Pacific Corp
Power Systems, Inc. (Asia Pacific)
20. I S
International Utility Poles
Oil Company Ltd
Berger Power, LLC
Engine Systems (Aust) Pty Ltd
Marine Turbochargers Ltd
Services Australia Pty Ltd
Bulk Fuel Ltd
Power Engineering (Aust) Pty Ltd
Solar Innovations, Inc
Petroleum & Gas Company (Fiji) Ltd t/a Bluegas
PowerWorks Wind Turbines LLC
Australia Pty Ltd
Dowding & Mills
Sunergise International Ltd
Oil Trading Pte Ltd
47. Xant NV
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment (SPREP)
Development Bank (ADB)
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
4. Japan International
Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Electric Power Co., Inc.
Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF)
8. The World