WHO WE ARE
Te Aponga Uira (TAU) is responsible for the generation, distribution and retailing of electricity on the island of Rarotonga, Cook Islands. The power utility provides 90% of the Cook Islands electricity demand.
TAU, as a Government Business Enterprise takes its lead for the direction of its strategic operations aligned to the policy directives of the Government of the Cook Islands as its sole shareholder. These policy directives are clearly set out with regards to the uptake of renewable energy in the Cook Islands with oversight by the Energy Commissioner who is also a member of the Board of Directors. These policies are articulated in the following national documents
- Cook Islands Renewable Electricity Chart
- Cook Islands Renewable Energy Implementation Plan and subsequent updates
- National Sustainable Development Plan 2016-2020
- Other policies
All the above documents seek a conversion to renewably sourced electricity by 2020. TAU has taken great strides to develop the base for a high renewable future. It is at a point now where it must determine the optimised next investment forward over a medium term timeframe beyond the current capacity of the grid. Stage II: Rarotonga Renewable Energy Implementation Plan to 2020 and Beyond will set out both the technical and commercial requirements of a high renewable penetration for Rarotonga whist maintaining quality and reliability of supply. This planning document will be released in October 2016 and with it the restructuring of systems to accommodate a progression towards governments ultimate goal for 2020.
It is well acknowledged the cost of electricity needs to be minimised, with significant investments to be taken over the next few years, concessional financing is required to meet Government’s goal to minimise impact on electricity consumers in the Cook Islands.