At the Pacific Energy Summit held this week in Auckland PowerSmart Managing Director Mike Bassett-Smith was invited by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade to be a panel member in the session 'Case Studies: Mobilising the private sector in the Pacific'. The session provided a series of case studies (one per panel member) on renewable energy projects that have worked well in the Pacific. Mike's presentation on PowerSmart’s experience with the Tokelau Renewable Energy Project was extremely well received and PowerSmart was congratulated by many on a job well done.
The New Zealand Government and the European Union held the Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland from 24–26 March 2013. The Summit is a joint initiative designed to enable Pacific countries and territories to work with development partners to take a substantive step towards their goals of implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, with a special focus on generation and distribution of electricity. In an era of increasing concern about the effects of climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency have become key issues for the Pacific Island countries.
Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Labour and Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues, New Zealand opens day two of the Pacific Energy Summit. Click here to watch video (PowerSmart mentioned about 1 minute in).
Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme opens Plenary 3: Global perspectives and lessons. Click here to watch video (Tokelau mentioned about 3 minutes in).
For more on the Pacific Energy Summit see below.