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Thursday 15 July 2010
Auckland, New Zealand
I am pleased to see the surge in the energy debate. I've been a strong advocate of alternative energy sources to be considered by Tongan on two fronts: One is the appropriate alternative technology. The second front that we need to consider, centralized power generation and ownership has brought us this far but we need to understand and accept its limitations and change accordingly. - Sefita Hao'uli.
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Monday 12 July 2010
Australia
In Australia wind turbines are an immediate alternative for cleaner, relatively cheap and considerably safer energy. It has the benefit of a low cost in maintenance compared to a nuclear power station. A couple of those wind turbines combined with power generated by bio diesel from coconuts would fulfill Tongan power requirements and any excess power on windy days can be used to melt down the rusty broken cars that litter the Tongan countryside. - Vilo Niumeitolu.
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Friday 2 July 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Yesterday on Tonga television we heard about a nuclear program in Tonga. No, Please! The Nuclear power is highly dangerous and doesn't really improve in any way the actual situation of the country. - Corinna Langi.
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Thursday 6 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The European Union has agreed to provide a grant worth TOP$24 million to support Tonga's budget and improve its electricity distribution network to rural areas.
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Tuesday 20 April 2010
Switzerland
Eighteen months ago I provided our Government a sound technical proposal for the production of cheap electricity using Saafa grass along lines already used in Denmark for 20 years. A year and a half has passed, and our Government still insists on pursuing pie in the sky renewable energy projects while totally ignoring the only feasible option available. - Peter Goldstern.
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Tuesday 24 November 2009
Honolulu, Hawaii
Firstly, I would like to congratulate the Honorable 'Akau'ola and the office of the Honorable Prime Minister Sevele for organising the "Tonga Renewable Energy Road Map" that were held in Vava'u this past week. It is satisfying for this one Humble Tongan to see this kind of gathering and especially the discussions of "Renewable Energy Planning" and all the Renewable Energy Innovation that was discussed at the TERM. -MTTuaileva
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Monday 16 November 2009
Taunga, Vava'u
Delegates to the Tongan Energy Roadmap Meeting in Vava'u this week were welcomed by Tongan Prime Minister Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele at Taunga Island on November 15, for Sunday lunch.
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Wednesday 23 September 2009
Mata ki 'Eua,Tonga
How disappointing to see electricity prices increasing again. Even more disappointing is to hear of the plan to install 1mW of solar power which is probably an expense of around $20 million pa'anga to produce on average around 3% of total power and therefore no effect on the electricity price. For close to same sum of money one could build a plant using biomass to produce on average 15 times as much electricity and end up with a retail power price of around TOP 0.65/ kWh at current oil prices. -Peter Goldstern
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Thursday 30 July 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Great to see the active interest in energy options for Tonga. With regards to coconuts, it would be terrific if we could find a use for them other than falling on windshields. Unfortunately my analysis shows based on 100 coconuts/tree/year and 100 trees per hectare that it would take 14,000 hectares (70% of Tongatapu) of coconut trees to provide the energy equivalent of 700 hectares of Saafa or Siale Mohe Mohe. Not to mention the difficulty of collecting the coconuts versus mechanized mowing of flat straw/bush pastures. -Peter Goldstern
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Sunday 26 July 2009
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Many thanks to Mr. Peter Goldstern (Solar power...21 July, 2009) for his technical advice, and innovative ideas for renewable energy sources for Tonga's future. -Sione A. Mokofisi
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Tuesday 21 July 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There are a couple of viable renewable options available for Tonga, one being the burning of Saafa grass to drive steam turbines which could produce cheap electricity as does the burning of 1 million tons of straw each year in Denmark. Burning grass is CO2 neutral because the grass takes the same amount of CO2 out of the air while growing, as is returned to the atmosphere when it is burned. Indeed this option entitles the user to Carbon credits. Saafa could produce electricity for less than the diesel component alone in the current electricity price. -Peter Goldstern
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Thursday 30 April 2009
Auckland, New Zealand
By chance I see it reported in the media this week that Tonga Power will spend 16 million dollars replacing rotten and leaning power poles in a network upgrading programme commencing from the "city". From where I sit, we will have spent these millions only to find that we will remain vulnerable to falling branches as well as hurricane borne damage and still wedded to non-renewable imported and expensive diesel, the price of which is expected to return to stratospheric levels once the world takes the crunch out of credit. In short, not a great deal better. -Sefita Hao'uli
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Friday 24 April 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is interested in becoming a host country for a regional energy unit, Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister Dr Viliami Tangi told a Pacific Energy Ministers Meeting in Nuku'alofa yesterday.
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Thursday 22 November 2007
Manila, Philippines
The Asian Development Bank ADB and the governments of Japan and Australia are providing $88 million in financing to support the development of Samoa's power sector.
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Sunday 11 February 2007
Mangere, New Zealand
It is very important to accept the fact that Shorelines has made a big different to the reliability of power generation and distribution. We should also understand the fact that we cannot control the oil price and the price of oil has been sky high by more than 200% during the last 2 decades and to be reasonable, the rates of tariff increase is acceptable. -David Tapiaka
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Friday 9 February 2007
UK
Thank you Mr Holiday for selling Shoreline, you are doing a very good job. Perhaps the King and his business partner should hire you to be their PR man. I am beginning to warm to the idea that the company is a good investment. -Senolita Swan
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Thursday 8 February 2007
Mangere, New Zealand
nitially the selling of the ideas of privatizing power generation and power distribution were acceptable and that was from a view that the government must streamline its functions and put more focus on ...“Quality Assurance...”. The Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources is having the mandate to develop appropriate policies frameworks and legislative in-place for managing power electricity and renewable energy.
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Wednesday 7 February 2007
UK
So, now we know that the King is the owner of Shoreline. Is he the sole owner or in part-ownership of the company? Did the Government pay the $2 million pa'anga bill for Shoreline because the King required it or does the Government still have an obligation to finance this company when it is in financial trouble? - Senolita Swan
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Monday 5 February 2007
London, UK
May I suggest that the Riot on 16/11 is a completely separate issue from "Shoreline". Let us not get confused please. The burning of Tonga on 16/11 was a criminal act. In the civilised world, the Law must be applied to all. I am satisfied that justice will be done in Tonga thanks to the help from the New Zealand Police. The Prime Minister has nothing to do with the arrests of the PR leaders. If the Police found evidence that these PR members committed offences in connection with 16/11 then they must be dealt with according to the Law of the Land. Amen.
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Sunday 4 February 2007
Texas, USA
Mr. Kava slammed the people's representatives for selling or allowing the sale of the former Tonga Power Board to Shoreline. There are two issues here that I would like to find the truth and I am very confident that someone out there who knows the paliament records which hold the real true (answers) to these accusations: - v
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