Energy and Poverty in the Pacific Island Countries: Challenges and the Way Forward

This report was prepared by the UNDP. The report highlights that access to affordable and sustainable sources of energy has strong linkages with the reduction of poverty/hardship, i.e. if poverty/hardship reduction is an objective, then the provision of energy is an essential prerequisite. In the PICs, where poverty/hardship is often viewed as the lack of access to basic services, opportunities and adequate resources, the case for energy provisioning and access is particularly strong. Provision of essential social services such as health and primary education require energy services.

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Pacific Islands Energy Policy and Plan (2002)

This document represents a regional consensus, affirmed at the 2002 Regional Energy Meeting in Cook Islands via the Rarotonga Declaration.

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UNDP Asia - Pacific Regional Energy Programme for Poverty Reduction (REP-POR) - Pacific Rapid Assesment and Gap Analysis. Draft Final Report

This report was prepared by Herbert Wade and Peter Johnston for UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok. The purpose of this assignment was to undertake a rapid needs assessment and gap analysis of the fifteen Pacific Island Countries that potentially can participate in the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Energy Program for Poverty Reduction (REP-PoR).  Ideally, such a study would involve travel to each country to allow extensive local input and as much discussion in-country as possible.

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Pacific Islands Renewable Energy Project (PIREP) Reports

Series of reports on the 2005 PIREP Reports, a UNDP, GEF and  SPREP effort covering fifteen PICs.

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Pacific Island Populations (from last Census)

Record captures Pacific Island Population based on the last population census as well as projectiond/estimates. Estimates and projections of demographic indicators are for selected years. This spreadsheet was last updated in September 2013.  Data captured are:

Renewable Power Generation Cost in 2014

Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014 is one of the most comprehensive studies yet made on the renewable energy price revolution in the power sector. Its findings are striking. Solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in 2014 cost three-quarters less than in 2009, while wind turbine prices declined by almost a third over the same period. The cost of electricity from utility-scale PV systems has fallen by around half since 2010.

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Pacific Lighthouses - Hybrid Power Systems

This report focuses on identifying the key concepts, challenges and best practises needed to increase renewable energy uptake on Pacific Islands through hybrid RE and diesel powered systems. A model of solar PV integration in the Tongatapu diesel-powered grid is included in the report. 

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Tokelau Renewable Energy Project Case Study, 2013

This report was commissioned by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to showcase the Tokelau Renewable Energy Project, to share information on the project with partners, and to contribute to the pool of knowledge and information about the design and implementation of remote area mini-grids in the Pacific.

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Pacific Islands Fuel Pricing Manual

Manual prepared by the SPC Energy Programme to inform and support work of PICTs officials that regulate or monitor the price of fuel in their respective jurisdictions. To demonstrate how the cost of Pacific Island fuels can be better understood by referring to its various components which are both internationally and locally influenced. 

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Manual of Performance Benchmarking for Pacific Power Utilities , 2002

The purpose of this Manual is to provide easy-to-follow guidelines for use of benchmarking in Pacific power utilities.

The Pacific Power Association (PPA) and the Asian Development Bank(ADB) have initiated co-ordinated benchmarking for Pacific power utilities by facilitating the
conduct of a first round of benchmarking.  This Manual provides easy-to-follow guidelines upon how Pacific power utilities can continue with benchmarking to obtain maximum on-going benefits.

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