Cama Tuiloma, Fiji’s permanent secretary for Works, Transport and Public Utilities, said that Fiji will continue to rely on diesel-based power generation for some time to come, despite continuing policy efforts to develop its renewable energy resources.
He said that this is because the demand for electricity far exceeds supply provided by exisitng renewable energy projects.
Tuiloma said Fiji, along with small island developing states in the Pacific region, failed to recognize the impact of heavy dependence and vulnerability to worldwide price fluctuations on imported petroleum products.
“Our petroleum imports have increased from around $400m to over $1.2bn in four years. Our vulnerability to worldwide price fluctuations on imported petroleum products is therefore of great concern, and we are developing and implementing our renewable energy policy to reduce our dependence on imported petroleum and increase the share of renewable energy in energy supply in the country.”