Tokelau Energy Sector Support (TESS) Project (2015)

The TESS Project aimed to update Tokelau’s energy policy to better reflect the current situation after the major energy transformation that Tokelau underwent in 2012 and set the ambitious targets to ensure that Tokelau’s energy consumption is green, sustainable, and affordable. The household energy efficiency (EE) component helped in increasing the awareness amongst Tokelauan on the energy consumption of household appliances and show how households can save money and the environment through investing in more energy efficient appliances. This also had a positive impact on the solar grids, as it resulted to load reduction and increase in lifetime of equipment/systems.

Following activities were done by IIEC: 1) Review of the implementation progress of the National Energy Policy and Strategic Action Plan (NEPSAP) since 2004; 2) Conduct of consultation meetings with the stakeholders; 3) Assessment of gaps between existing energy policy and strategic action plan; and Analysis of existing energy legislation if any and identify need for revisions; 4) Review of the legislative framework and identifying of necessary changes or additional legislation(s) needed to implement the revised or new energy policy;. 5) Preparation of an assessment of current household energy consumption; 6) Review of experiences and lessons learned from similar household EE programs implemented in other Pacific Island Countries (PICs) as a basis for the program in Tokelau; 7) Assessment and recommendation on the best option for increase EE in households, including regulatory measures; incentives; voluntary agreements; 8) Recommendation on how (1) Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and energy rating labels; (2) building codes for new and existing buildings; and (3) mandatory audits when developing the program can be used to increase energy efficiency; and 9) Development of an education and public outreach campaign/awareness rising campaign.

Funding Agency/Client: UNDP

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