As one of the most dispersed regions in the world, the Pacific faces unique challenges in providing affordable and accessible electricity – with a heavy reliance on diesel-fueled generators in many areas to power homes and businesses.
Electricity prices in the region are among the highest in the world, with some countries spending as much as 25% of gross domestic product on fuel imports – leaving household incomes, inflation levels and national finances all highly vulnerable to volatile Asia-Pacific oil markets.
To mitigate this exposure, Pacific governments are increasingly turning to alternative energy sources, including biofuels, wind, solar and hydro systems. In addition to issues of cost, the shift to renewables may help to address the need for energy which is cleaner and easier to generate in remote areas.
As eyes turn to Paris ahead of COP21, what actions are being taken in the Pacific region to increase the uptake of renewables? Are new technologies even worth investing in? And what role do (or should) development partners play?
Joining us to discuss these critical topics we have Andrew Daka, Executive Director, Pacific Power Association, Suva; Matthew Dornan, Research Fellow, Australian National University, Canberra; Paul Fulton, Manager, Joule Logic, Hobart and; Kamleshwar Khelawan, Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank, Sydney.
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The panel discussion will last 30 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes for audience questions.
Refreshments will be provided. As this is a catered event, please only RSVP if your attendance is assured.