The Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption and tsunami in the Kingdom of Tonga on 15 January 2022 is yet another serious reminder of the increasingly urgent need to look at energy security and resilience as part of the same challenge.  Our ability to prepare for and adapt to changing conditions will be fundamental for the region if it is to withstand and recover rapidly from future disruptions. 

Reviewing my master’s research about the potential of solar energy in the Kingdom of Tonga, hosted by PCREEE in 2019.

Before I came to the “Kingdom of Tonga”, the only thing I knew about this magical sounding Island Nation was that it is located somewhere in the South Pacific. Far away from Vienna in Austria, the centre of my life at that time. I was studying “Natural Ressources Management and Ecological Engineering” and as a part of my master, I was about to attend an exchange programme at Lincoln University in New Zealand in 2019.

Papua New Guinea is known as the land of the unexpected and while there are often surprises, its natural beauty and richness in natural resources are well known to everyone. Despite the natural resources, PNG is facing the challenge of providing access to electricity to its rural population.

PNG has about 200 MW of installed hydropower capacity and there is a huge hydro power potential, currently estimated at 15,000 MW, which if developed, could significantly boost PNG’s energy production potential.

30th November 2021, Nuku’alofa. Despite the challenge of the global pandemic, the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) were able to conduct its 6th Steering Committee (SC) meeting virtually. The work of the PCREEE is guided by its SC which consists of Pacific energy delegates from all SPC’s member countries. The SC is held once a year to update member countries and donors on the progress of the PCREEEE.