To enhance local capacity and technical know-how on demand-side management
Following the successful series of workshops previously given by the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) in collaboration with the Pacific Power Association (PPA) on the implementation of grid-connected and stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) systems in 2008, PPA submitted a request for a second series focusing on enhancing local capacity and technical know-how on demand-side management (DSM). The DSM workshops, targeting CEOs and engineers from PPA member power utilities, not only provided these companies with the tools to promote energy conservation on the demand side, but also helped with the future implementation of efficient demand-side programs that will eventually reduce both CO2 emissions and the costs associated with importing fossil fuel.
The first workshop of this new series, targeting Southern Pacific Islands’ utilities, took place from November 2-6, 2009 in Nadi, Fiji and hosted a total of 18 engineers from nine utilities from the island states of Cook, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon, Tonga, and Tuvalu. The participants attended lectures and took part in hands-on technical training sessions on a daily basis for the duration of the workshop. This joint initiative was particularly timely and well-received in the Pacific region, as many of the participating utilities are in the process of implementing country-wide demand-side management programs. All the presentations and workshop proceedings are available here.
The second workshop on DSM took place from March 22-26, 2010 in Palau and targeted the Northern Pacific Islands’ utilities. A total of 21 engineers attended the workshop, representing 11 utilities from the island states of Guam, Palau, Marshall Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and five of the Federated States of Micronesia. Participants also attended a mixture of lectures and technical hands-on training sessions throughout the duration of the workshop. All the presentations and workshop proceedings are available here.