Pacific energy summit in NZ

Though not covered by mainstream media, powerhouses of the world do meet to discuss recent developments. The powerhouses I refer to are energy producing nations that met recently at a very significant energy summit. This summit was held in Auckland, New Zealand. And while you may count it as one of the many useless deliberations between world governments, it was in fact a fruitful one.


This meet was attended by eighteen pacific nations and was co-sponsored by the World Bank, The Asian Development Bank and AusAID. This is enough information to understand the fact that this event was a globally significant one (though media normally prefer to report the saucy scandals). This summit was instrumental in exploring options for Pacific nations to achieve their energy targets and to raise monetary funds to help them do this.


The energy summit of course focused on the renewable sector including solar power. As you have heard time and again, solar power is the future of the energy sector and most world governments have accepted this view. Many of them want to focus on large scaled projects and one of the most essential factors involved in this (other than intention of course) is money.

In practicality a lot of funds go into creating a utility scale project and if world governments are to back this sort of development they will require to pour in a substantial amount. A lot of nations are willing to take this big leap. One such modern country which is also the first solar powered nation is the country of Tokelau. In November 2012 this country became the first ever solar powered land.

The example of this country was put forward to the crowd by the New Zealand’s Energy and Resources Minister (Mr Simon Bridges) in his speech. He said that the partnership between the two governments have enabled this land to get almost as much as Ninety-Five per cent of its energy from clean solar power. The Tokelau government with the help of the Kiwi Company PowerSmart were able to reach this hallmark.

The Kiwi land has been deservingly praised for its efforts in the Pacific- related projects especially to enhance the use of solar energy. The achievements in the Pacific are not limited to the land of Tokelau but many other countries. The prime minister of Cook Islands announces the country’s intention to switch to a 100% renewable energy by 2020.


Many countries with similar weather conditions and global warming effects are planning to make the switch as became clear in this unorthodox meet and open discussion. Many of these nations are threatened by the alarming rise in sea levels.

Whatever be the reason, the goal seems to have been achieved by most nations voicing their support for renewable energy and having visibly taken efforts to make the shift. Funding however, irrespective of intent and focus always seems to be an issue. The smaller nations complained of how funds are being diverted to the needs of more affluent nations and that needs to be looked into.