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Tuesday 1 April 2014
Nadi, Fiji
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is currently holding the 2nd Joint Pacific Regional Meeting for Energy and Transport Ministers in Nadi, Fiji.
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Tuesday 4 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The threat of death by electrocution during flooding in Tongatapu’s heavily-populated areas was a concern during Tropical Cyclone Kofi over the weekend, March 1-2, as Tonga’s National Emergency Management Office pointed out that the power was not shut down in inundated areas.
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Sunday 2 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A grant funding of NZ$1.7 million from the New Zealand Government was signed in Nuku'alofa on January 29 as part of a package to rebuild the electricity network in Ha’apai destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Ian.
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Wednesday 15 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Power Ltd. estimates that it will cost at least $3 million pa'anga to rebuild the entire power distribution network in the Ha’apai islands after Cyclone Ian destroyed over 90 percent of the power lines and poles when it hit on Saturday, January 11.
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Wednesday 11 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's government places a top priority on developing solar power in Tongatapu, along with outer islands renewable energy projects, in its new blueprint for infrastructure development over the next five years.
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Sunday 20 January 2013
Pagopago, American Samoa
Just wondering who is negotiating Tonga's fuel price? Are the prices reasonable? I think the public would like to know what the other islands in the region are paying for their petrol (fuel). - Sione Lousiale Kava
Wednesday 22 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The World Bank and the Government of Tonga today signed a US$2.9 million grant agreement to implement the Tonga Energy Road Map, which will improve the access, efficiency and cost of energy for Tonga’s 104,000 people. The Government of Australia, through the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility, is contributing US$2.5 million of the total grant, according to a press statement by the World Bank today.
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Tuesday 8 May 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After years of living with candle-light, two families in the Sopu area of Nuku‘alofa, were overjoyed to receive the first electric lights in their homes, after a Tongan grandmother Siutiti Halatoa (51) who trained in solar engineering in India last year, installed the first solar panels under a community led project, this morning May 8.
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Saturday 25 February 2012
Tongan dancers at Nukunuku, Tongatapu

Nukunuku, Tongatapu
A 4.5kw solar-panel to power a water pump for Nukunuku village, was donated by the German government, and launched by Dr Christian Ruck, on February 23. Dr Ruck is the first German Member of Parliament to visit Tonga, and as the Deputy Chairman of the caucus of the ruling party of the German parliament, he is in charge of overseas development, environment and energy.
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Monday 23 January 2012
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
MASDAR, Abu Dhabi's multifaceted renewable energy company, signed today (18 January) a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, represented through the Tonga Energy Road Map Implementation Unit (TERM IU). Masdar will be in charge of the implementation and construction of a 500 kW solar photovoltaic power plant to be installed in Vava'u Island. The project, is financed by a grant provided by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the solar plant will deliver around 13 percent of Tonga's annual electricity demand.
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Friday 11 November 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of business people from the island of Okinawa in southern Japan visited Tonga for four days from November 5-9.
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Thursday 3 March 2011
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Mr. Public wants to see a published list of the directors' salaries, and on down to the meter-person. Have they been offered salary reductions, early retirements, etc., to reduce labor costs? A comparison of those salaries to the public sector's comparable wages should shed some light on how efficient and cost-conscious TPL's management is. - Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
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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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