Five energy efficiency projects expected to be implemented in Tonga next year will include the installations of energy efficient lamps in government buildings, homes and replacing existing inefficient street lights.
The work comes under the second phase of a Promoting Energy Efficiency in the Pacific (PEEP) Project for five Pacific Islands, including Tonga. It aims to reduce energy consumption in residential, commercial and public sectors through the implementation of energy efficiency measures and to set up policy frameworks to help Pacific Islands countries move away from fossil fuel dependency.
via Five energy saving projects for Tonga in 2014 | Matangi Tonga.
Following the success of this pilot project, Tonga Power and Gaia-Wind are now in discussion about a swift and substantial enlargement of small wind turbine capacity for the island.
via First “Made In UK” Turbine Switched On by Tonga Prime Minister – Tonga – News – Islands Business magazine.
Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) are moving towards implementing energy labelling and standards, and developing the appropriate legislation is an important aspect in this transformation.
In a recent workshop in Tonga, organised by Tonga’s Ministry of Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources and facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards programme, legal experts and key stakeholders from Tonga and Samoa deliberated on issues that need to be reflected in the energy labelling and standards legislation for their respective countries.
via Tonga and Samoa begin dialogue on energy labelling and standards legislation – Tonga – News – Islands Business magazine.
TONGA is facing an energy crisis as soaring oil-import bills are crippling its economy. The Kingdom is now looking to renewable energy to alleviate its oil dependency.
Tonga is made up of an archipelago of 176 islands in the South Pacific, around 2,000 kilometres northeast of New Zealand. Tonga is highly susceptible to both climate change and energy-price volatility because of its high dependency on imported oil. All of Tonga’s grid-supplied power, which makes up 98% of its total electricity, is generated using imported diesel.
via Tonga’s renewable energy push | Petroleum Economist.
Tonga’s Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano attended the inaugural Asia Pacific Energy Forum APEF 2013, held in Vladivostok, Russian Federation, from May 27-30, where Asian and Pacific energy representatives talked about energy security and its sustainable use in the region.APEF, attended by ministers of energy and representatives of 34 countries from the Asian and the Pacific regions, adopted the “Vladivostok Declaration” to guide stakeholders on regional cooperation from 2014-18.
via Asia and Pacific nations adopt Vladivostok Declaration on energy security and sustainability | Matangi Tonga.
Tonga’s heavy reliance on fossil fuels makes the Kingdom particularly vulnerable to the fluctuations of international petroleum price volatility and have reversed social and economic development making the task Government development goals more challenging. Recognizing this, the Prime Minister of Tonga Lord Tu’ivakano highlighted to the first ever UN-ESCAP Energy Ministers Forum in Vladivostok today, Thursday 30 may 2013 that Tonga’s Energy Road Map (TERM) provides the platform for Government to mobilize actions to secure an energy future that is practical for the Kingdom.
via “Energy future that is practical for Tonga” – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News.
Tonga’s Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano addressed the 2013 Asian and Pacific Business Forum in Vladivostoc, Russia on Wednesday 29 May 2013, the first time ever that the UN convenes the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Energy Forum. Lord Tu’ivakano emphasized to the Forum the importance of energy costs to the people of Tonga and every businesses, which impinges their daily livelihood and costs of doing business, and at times can be prohibitive.
via Cost of Energy Prohibitive to People’s Livelihood and Doing Business In Tonga.
Tonga first 11kW wind turbine is ready to be commissioned for operation in June after its construction was completed on 16 May 2013 at Nakolo in Tongatapu.Setitaia Chen, the Wind Turbine Project Manager, said the turbine will be in a position to generate power once the wind speed reaches 3.5 meters per second. It is expected that the turbine can reach a capacity of up to 11kW when the wind speed reaches a constant 9.5m/s or more.
via Tonga’s first wind turbine stands in Nakolo | Matangi Tonga.