A Renewable Energy
Journey in the Pacific
The pursuit of high penetration of renewable
energy in the Pacific involves good planning
and skilled navigation to stay safe and on course,
and holds the promise of rich rewards.
The island of Yap.
DUSAN NIKOLIC, Contributor
Throughout the Pacific, island communities are embracing
ambitious renewable energy targets, many as high as 100 percent over the next decade or two. This isn’t surprising, given
that these islands are already experiencing significant climate
change impacts, and recognize the environmental benefits of
reducing or replacing carbon-intensive diesel power generation.
There are also sound economic benefits to reducing reliance on expensive diesel fuel, which remains the single largest
expense for power generation in these remote locations.
The answer to meeting targets, while also reducing car-
bon emissions and costs, lies in power systems that use only
renewable energy. However,
transitioning to higher levels
of renewable energy in power
systems requires confidence
that the renewables can pro-
vide the energy security, self-
sufficiency and system stabil-
ity required by these remote
Renewable energy technologies may pose some challenges for reliability and quality
of power supply, but reme-dies can be found in enabling
technologies. In an isolated
power system, matching the
renewable technologies with
the right enabling technologies at the right moment needs
Every Journey Needs a Map
Entura has been helping a
number of Pacific island communities embark on their
renewable energy journeys.
Through this experience,
we’ve developed a map of the
key stages of the journey:
Stage 1: Planning —
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