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Fiji Represented At Energy Conference

A Fijian delegation attended the Pacific Energy Conference held in Auckland, New Zealand earlier this month. A two-member delegation from Fiji, comprising the Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Paul
18 Jun 2016 09:42
Fiji Represented At Energy Conference
From left: Karunesh Rao of Fiji Electricity Authority, New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Paul Bayly at the Pacific Energy Conference in Auckland, New Zealand earlier this month. Photo: Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport

A Fijian delegation attended the Pacific Energy Conference held in Auckland, New Zealand earlier this month.

A two-member delegation from Fiji, comprising the Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Paul Bayly and Karunesh Rao of the Fiji Electricity Authority participated at this regional energy meet.

Mr Bayly said the conference provided an opportunity for our country to indicate its regional position and what it was currently undertaking in the energy sector.

“Fiji presented on the current electricity supply and demands scenario in Fiji and this includes both electricity provided via the national power grid and that outside the grid or which is commonly known as rural electrification,” he said.

In the presentation, Mr Bayly said Fiji also highlighted challenges and barriers achieving its commitments and targets for a 100 per cent renewable energy electricity sector by 2030.

With the region’s move towards the use of renewable energy, Mr Bayly said the conference was also briefed on the available renewable energy potential here which needs to be developed.

“This includes hydro, solar, biofuels and geothermal potential which is has been investigated to an extent.

“Energy efficiency and conservation measures undertaken by Government were also a pertinent point of discussion at the conference.”

The conference was also an opportune time in attracting energy sector investors, especially in the areas of power generation to come and invest in Fiji.

The Pacific Energy Conference was co-hosted by New Zealand and the European Union with an effort to fast-track sustainable energy development in the Pacific region.

New Zealand’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister for Sports and Recreation, Murray McCully and the European Commissioner for International Co-operation and Development, Neven Mimica were two of the speakers at the conference.

Source: Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport

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