13 Jun 2011

Guam Power Authority calls for regional energy policy

1:39 pm on 13 June 2011

Guam's electricity provider says it wants all ratepayers and not just those who can afford it to have access to renewably-generated power.

The comment follows the installation of photovoltaic arrays at Guam Community College, making it the territory's largest civilian producer of renewable energy.

The arrays are net-metred, which means the college will earn a credit on its power bill when it produces more electricity than it can use.

Guam Power Authority's communications manager, Art Perez, says it's working on making renewable energy available to everyone and new policy would expedite that.

"Although Guam may be an island it cannot stand alone within Micronesia. I think it's going to take an energy policy within all the different governments within Micronesia to come up with something so that we're all on the same sheet of music so to speak. And that we can in turn be a hub for renewable energy technologies within Micronesia."

Art Perez says Guam Power Authority's reviewing about eight proposals for 20 megawatts of renewable energy and some of those are expected to be up and running within the next three years.