GSEP concludes workshop on grid connection of renewables in the Pacific Islands

June 16, 2017

As part of our commitment to transferring technical skills to counterparts in developing and emerging countries, the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) partnered with the Pacific Power Association (PPA) to host a second technical workshop on grid connection of renewable energies in the Pacific Islands, which was held this week in Guam. The workshop was led by GSEP member Kansai Electric Power Company.

“The Pacific Islands are rich in renewable energy potential,” said Andrew Daka, Executive Director of the PPA. “Technical trainings like this workshop increase our capacity to connect renewable energies to the grid and produce concrete results that respond to our member utilities’ needs.”

This workshop, together with the one held in March in Fiji, have reached a total of 34 managers and engineers from the Pacific Islands utilities. These workshops are part of a series of human capacity-building programs that GSEP, led by Kansai Electric Power Company, has implemented in the region in partnership with the PPA over the past 12 years.

“As a member of the GSEP, Kansai Electric is committed to transferring technical skills and training electricity utilities’ personnel in the Pacific Islands to help these countries meet their renewable energy goals,” said Kenji Uchida, Manager of the Strategy and Cooperation Group, International Business and Cooperation Division at Kansai Electric Power Company.

With this program, GSEP is developing local capacity and knowledge in the different aspects of energy project development and implementation in Small Island Developing States that are the most vulnerable to climate change.

This training is particularly relevant as Fiji will be the first Pacific nation to lead the United Nations climate negotiations this year at COP23. The beneficiaries of our programs are able to take the knowledge and information from these workshops and use it in their day-to-day work.

“Increasing the capacity of renewable energies connected to the grid is an important goal for our company,” said Gary Camacho, CEO of the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation. “We are grateful for this technical training initiative by the GSEP that supports our company in reaching our goals and meeting our customers’ demands.”