Sustainable Electricity Access in Pacific Island Countries

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, APSRC, Canberra Rex Hotel

Pacific Island nations have ambitious renewable energy targets, and have been making significant recent progress towards these goals. There are, however, a number of technical and institutional challenges arising, both in serving remote dispersed off-grid end-users, and as variable renewable energy (VRE) penetration levels increase on what are often relatively small grids.

UNSW Institute for Global Development and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s Knowledge Sharing Program (Mission Innovation Challenge 2) have provided funding for UNSW, USP and partners CSIRO, ITP Renewables and GSES to engage with stakeholders to identify key challenges towards high RE targets in Pacific Island countries (PICs), and potential solutions.

The aims of the workshop were to:

  • Review the status, plans and challenges for energy access and renewables in Pacific Island Countries;
  • Present the outcomes of workshops held in Sydney and Suva over the past 12 months: and
  • Highlight related partner activities.


Title Author Links
Introduction Iain MacGill
Sustainable energy challenges in Pacific Island Countries and Fiji’s Low Emissions Strategy Atul Raturi, USP
PNG electricity access status, plans and challenges Manu Rawali, UPNG
A design thinking approach to PICs sustainable energy challenges Danny DeSchutter, ThinkPlace
Outcomes of Suva workshop Anna Bruce, UNSW
Task 18 workplan relevance for PICs challenges Chris Martell, GSES
PICs policy challenges and potential solutions Simon Franklin, ITP Renewables
Pacific Island Countries challenges and potential learnings for Australia Brian Spak, CSIRO