3 Oct 2013

Cook Islands moving forward with renewable energy plans

7:38 pm on 3 October 2013

Officials from the Cook Islands power utility, Te Aponga Uira, will visit the islands in the southern group later this month to draft designs for renewable energy projects.

It is one of the first steps in the government's plan for 50 percent of the country to become 100 percent reliant on renewable energy.

The Energy Commissioner, Roger De Bray, says other steps underway include working out what to pay residents who can feed their excess power back into the national grid.

He says energy efficiency is also a key area with the government wanting to see consumption cut by five percent a year over three years along with diesel use dropping by three million litres a year.

Mr De Bray says that would mean a saving of about 3.5 million US dollars a year.