Cook Islands Announces Renewable Energy Plan

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)5 July 2011: The Government of the Cook Islands has announced the launch of the Renewable Energy Chart – Te Atamoa O Te Uira Natura, which outlines how to achieve the target to produce 50% of electricity from renewable sources by 2015 and 100% by 2020.

The chart, supported through Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP) funding, highlights the plan to develop a new wind monitoring system. The PIGGAREP is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and executed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). A project proposal seeking assistance from the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund for solar power generation systems is pending. [SPREP Press Release]