Regional Session

Shaping the Pacific's Clean Energy Future

Organized by: Asian Development Bank (ADB)


The Pacific small island development sates (SIDS) were the first mover among ADB’s DMC that committed 100% renewable energy penetration into the generation mix in nationally determined contribution and/or its own medium- and long-term energy policy. In 2012, Ministers of SIDS agreed to adopt Barbados Declaration which included target for 100% power generation from renewable energy sources. Niue and Tuvalu set 100% renewable energy capacity target by 2020, Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu by 2030. But no country met such ambitious target by 2020 and to achieve the 2030 target is also a significant challenge.

Grid constraints to manage renewable penetration into is increasingly reported in the Pacific SIDS. Comprehensive actions to address grid constraints are being required, including (i) enhancing grid absorption capacity using advanced weather forecasting, smart-grid and battery storage, (ii) strengthening rule and regulation in grid operation, (iii) building capacity of regulators and grid operators, (iv) effectively utilizing demand side energy management (DSEM) for peal shaving and dispatchable load demand (such as EVs) as peak shifting and/or operating reserve capacity.

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