The goal of our fossil fuel free energy production initiative is to help reduce the overall dependency of Pacific Island Countries on fossil fuel, gas or coal. This can be accomplished by providing solutions for renewable energy production and storage that can be integrated into the current electricity infrastructure.
Due to their remote location, the Pacific islands suffer from high fuel and consequently high electricity prices. All of the islands have an untapped potential for alternative energy production – many of the Island countries have set the goal of increasing the share of renewable energy up to 100% within the next 5 – 10 years.
Pacific Voyagers will develop a platform that can assist the islands in their transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy resources.
Many great developments have recently taken place in the region:
- The Cook Islands have proposed that with the help of partners, their islands will be run on 50% renewable energy by 2015 and will be 100% fossil fuel free by 2020. The Cook Islands are overwhelmingly dependent on imported refined petroleum fuels. Transportation appears to be the biggest user of fuel, followed by electricity generation. At the moment, the Cook Islands pay U.S. $10 million a year to run their diesel generators.
- Honourable Mr. Kirabuke Teiaua, Minister of Public Works and Utilities of the Republic of Kiribati, speaks of his dream of energy independence and clearly sees this goal as the foundation to “our vision of providing available, accessible, reliable, affordable, clean and sustainable energy options for the enhancement of economic growth and improvement of livelihood in Kiribati.”
- H.E. Johnson Toribiong, former President of the Republic of Palau, expressed his goal “to deliver clean, secure, affordable energy for all citizens of Palau while treating the environment responsibly. The second is to respond to the risks of climate change by adaptation to changes and by mitigation through reducing the greenhouse gases caused by the production and use of energy.” The policy target of Palau envisions a 20 % contribution of renewable energy to the energy mix by 2020 and a 30 % reduction in energy consumption through energy efficiency and conservation efforts. Being almost 100 % dependent on imported energy, Palau just like so many islands, is highly vulnerable to international energy market movements and price volatility. Read current President Remengesau’s Keynote UN Address “Healthy Oceans and Seas: a Way Forward”, 4 February 2014
- The tiny island group of Tokelau became the world’s first territory to run on 100% renewable energy in November 2012.