A few years back I read somewhere that a tidal turbine was going to be installed in FSM; I thought near the island of Pohnpei. Did that ever happen?
What is the cost of electricity on the different islands?
What is the state of green energy in FSM?
Similar project was implemented in Belau a couple years ago but using wave generators not tidal turbines.
edited February 10
WASHINGTON D.C., December 15, 2017 – The Republic of the Marshall Islands will be closer to its goals of greener, more efficient and more reliable energy, following the approval by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors of US$34 million for the Sustainable Energy Development Project.
“The Marshallese government is working hard with development partners to meet our targets of 20 percent renewable energy by 2020, and 100 percent renewable energy by 2050,” said Marshall Islands Minister of Finance, Hon. Brenson S. Wase. “We are excited by this new World Bank-supported project, which will significantly boost access to reliable, efficient and ultimately more affordable renewable energy for residents and businesses across Majuro and Ebeye.”
“The Republic of the Marshall Islands is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing the threat of climate change.”
The new project will deliver three components:
Assistance towards the design, supply, installation, and operational support for solar power generation, battery energy storage, and grid management equipment in the capital Majuro, as well the replacement of existing generators to ensure lower emissions and improve operation efficiency in Majuro and Ebeye, until renewable solutions can be deployed.
Technical and operational assistance to reduce energy demand, by improving the efficiency for both the use and supply of electricity from the country’s two public sector utilities KAJUR and MEC, and by encouraging more energy efficiency through public information campaigns overseen by the Ministry of Resources and Development’s Energy Planning Division.
Training and workshops focused on improving energy policies across the Ministry of Finance, Banking and Postal Services, and public sector utilities, in addition to support of studies that will identify further assistance and investments needed in Ebeye and the outer islands of Wotje, Jaluit, Rongrong, and Santo.
“The World Bank stands as a committed development partner of the Marshallese government, for the long-term. Together we will address the challenge of providing affordable and clean energy to the country’s population and of ensuring more efficient energy use across the country,” said World Bank Country Director for Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, Michel Kerf.
The Sustainable Energy Development Project is funded through a US$34 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the most in-need countries.
On November 22, 2017 the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to provide grant aid of up to 1.07 billion yen for the Project for the Installation of Solar Electricity Generation System in Ebeye Island.
The project will install solar power generation equipment,a battery system, grid connection equipment and the like on Ebeye Island, which has the second largest population in the country and is located in the Kwajalein Atoll.
These measures will ensure a stable supply of power and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels through the introduction and promotion of renewable energy, thereby contributing to a stronger economic growth base and to countermeasures for the environment and to fight climate change in the Marshall Islands.
With limited energy resources, the Marshall Islands rely on diesel power generation, using imported fuel for more than 99 percent of the power generated. Imported fuel might threaten the stable management of electric utilities due to the fluctuation in global oil prices, and has an impact on the lives of residents due to the high price of electricity when fuel transportation costs are factored in.
As imported fuel is the sole energy source for power generation, the Marshall Islands have energy security vulnerabilities, such as the risk of long-term power outages when there is an equipment malfunction or fuel shipments are delayed by inclement weather.
As Ebeye Island is further dependent on desalination facilities that require a great deal of power for its water supply, a stable supply of power is also essential from the perspective of supplying water to residents.
The project will promote the introduction of renewable energy on Ebeye Island, and it is expected that the project will make a contribution toward achieving the target of providing 20 percent of the power supply with renewable energy by 2020, which was established by the Government of the Marshall Islands.
All thise things won't account matter so long as the Marshall islands take part in flag of convenience. I have pointed this out to Marshallese leaders including RMI senators Kaneko and Tibon, but morning has been taken to reduce RMIs footprints in flag of convenience.
Island of Yap opens ADB-backed renewable energy plants
February 13 (Renewables Now)
- The island group of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia has officially opened a couple of renewable energy facilities that will bolster its energy reliability and security.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government of Micronesia today inaugurated one wind park near Yap’s only urban centre -- Colonia, and a grid-connected solar power system that was installed on five government buildings across the island. The project also saw aging diesel generators being replaced by new ones.
The project helps the state of Yap reduce its dependency on imported diesel for power generation, stated James Lynch, Deputy Director General of ADB’s Pacific Department. The wind farm, which is capable of withstanding typhoons, is expected to produce about 11% of the current delivered electricity supply in Yap. The solar arrays, on the other hand, will generate some 6%.
ADB provided USD 9 million (EUR 7.3m) for the project, while the Yap state government contributed USD 2.1 million in counterpart financing.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.810)
My guess is Gavlilan is asking about the wave generator that was going to generate all the electricity for the island of Kosrae.
Read all about it here:
I heard the company installing the generator wanted some upfront money from Kosrae which did not materialize. No generator.
I also remember hearing about the possibility of a tidal generator at the Nett bride, but never any official plans.
Look through this forum and old copies of the Kasalehlie Press and you'll probably find dozens of examples of people signing "MOU"s for great projects, soon to be realized, then you never hear about them again.
edited February 20
As we are all aware (hopefully) that the Pacific Islands are experiencing the worst effects of climate change due to carbon emissions from fossil fuels (diesel, natural gas, dirty coal). Every nation relies on a source of energy to maintain production facilities, government, transportation, etc. Despite knowing this heavy correlation between climate change and carbon emission from fossil fuels, the FSM government is not doing much to divest from fossil fuel importation.
I found this interesting website that calculates FSM total export and import values and breaks it down through each sector. To my dismay, the FSM's #1 import commodity is Refined Oil which accounts for 32% of total imports or $51.8 million dollars ($51,800,000 for perspective).
Could this be a new talking point in our nation's pursuit to be a climate-resilient economy? Speak to your leaders, family, and friends about it.
Here is the website so that you may view the figures and data visualizations that I talk about.
Cheers to the pursuit of an educated Micronesian community
edited February 21
Thanks for sharing your research, TirowWannior . It's a shame that $51.8 million per year is being wasted on oil instead of being spent on education, healthy food, and health care.