The PRIF partners are working with other development partners and organisations in the region to provide support for increased and equitable access to reliable and affordable energy. This includes exploring options for extensions to existing networks and supporting off-grid solutions for local generation that can provide rural populations with reliable access to energy.
A number of energy initiatives are currently being coordinated through PRIF including the World Bank-led Energising the Pacific initiative which has established a forum for donor coordination for more effective programming of energy sector assistance in the Pacific. The ADB-led activity - Promoting Energy Efficiency in the Pacific (Phase II) - will be closely coordinated with Energising the Pacific and is designed to promote least-cost approaches to energy security through energy efficiency and conservation measures.
Through Energising the Pacific, PRIF partners supported the Government of Tonga prepare the Tonga Energy Roadmap 2010-2020. This support helped identify options for the Government of Tonga to increase the proportion of its grid-based electricity supply from renewable energy sources. The Government is using the Roadmap to coordinate donor support and make better use of limited resources. The World Bank is also undertaking the Petroleum Supply Chain Study for Tonga and Micronesia which aims to develop a range of options for reducing Tonga and Micronesia’s vulnerability to petroleum price volatility by improving the efficiency of their fossil fuel supply chains and fuel pricing arrangements.
In Tuvalu, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZMFAT) is establishing a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Unit (REEEU) within the Tuvalu Electricity Corporation (TEC) to help Tuvalu reduce its dependence on imported diesel, reduce carbon emissions, improve the efficiency of power generation and supply, increase the operational effectiveness of the TEC, and develop a plan for infrastructure development for greater use of solar and wind based energy generation.
In Solomon Islands, DFAT, the European Investment Bank (EIB), IFC and the World Bank are working together with the Solomon Islands Government in the preparation of the Tina River Hydro Project. The activity includes feasibility studies, capacity strengthening and transaction advisory services to develop a hydropower IPP (10-22 MW) to replace a significant share of the diesel-powered generation in Honiara.
In Vanuatu, DFAT and the World Bank are supporting a Utilities Regulatory Authority which aims to ensure the provision of safe, reliable and affordable regulated energy services. They are also working with the Government of Vanuatu to prepare an Energy Roadmap and are currently coordinating with the Vanuatu Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Lands and Energy to support the overall planning and implementation of the Energy Roadmap for a least-cost program of grid and off-grid access expansion. The World Bank is also leading projects to develop a range of options for reducing Vanuatu's vulnerability to petroleum price volatility, by improving the efficiency of its fossil fuel supply chain and its fuel pricing arrangements as well as explore geothermal power development for a domestic renewable energy source which can strengthen the electricity transmission and distribution network.
Links to above mentioned activities (where available):
- Tonga Energy Roadmap 2010-2010 (available soon)
- Tina River Hydropower Development Project (Solomon Islands Portfolio Overview) (available soon)
- Vanuatu Utilities Regulatory Authority (available soon)
Further Energy resources:
Sector working group